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Maple Leaf (1981-83)
Updated Jan 5/02

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Background

The Maple Leaf design replaced the Parliament design in late 1981, but lasted a relatively short time, being replaced by another Parliament design.

Three of the values are only available from vending machine booklets. As a result, they have a straight edge at either the top or bottom.

The first value to be released in this design was a non-denominated "A" - face value of 30c. The postage rate was jumped from 17c to 30c, with very short notice to make the necessary 30c stamps. This was Canada's first (and to date, only) non-denominated stamp.

The 5c, 10c, and 30c (red) were issued in a vending machine booklet and exist on both coated and uncoated paper. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.

The 30c blue and red and 32c yellow and red Maple Leaf stamps were issued in booklets of 20 and 25, respectively. The stamps in the booklets are perforated 12 x 12 1/2 compared to the 13 x 13 1/3 sheet stamps. A few of the stamps in each of these booklets are perforated all around. These are relatively scarce, particularly on the 30c value.

All sheet stamps were issued in panes of 100, coils in rolls of 100, and booklets in various sizes. All of the coil stamps exist imperforate. Top

Checklist

  Sheet   Booklet   Coil
  Engraved Photogravure   Engraved Photogravure   Engraved
  13x13 1/3   12x12 1/2   10 vert
Value Abitibi Harrison   Abitibi Harrison   Abitibi Clark
5c purple           Mar 1/82
Aug 82
Oct 82
Feb 15/83
         
8c blue           Feb 15/83          
10c green           Mar 1/82
Aug 82
Oct 82
         
A (30c) red Dec 29/81 Dec 29/81
(2 plates)
              Dec 29/81  
30c red           Mar 1/82
Aug 82
Oct 82
      May 20/82  
30c blue and red     May 11/82       Jun 30/82        
32c yellow and red     Feb 10/83 Aug 31/83     Apr 8/83 Feb 15/84      
32c brown           Feb 15/83       Feb 10/83 Feb 15/84

The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist. Top


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