Modern stamp paper
|High-value Wildlife (1997- )|
Updated Oct 24/10
A new series of high-value stamps first made their appearance October 15, 1997 with the issue of Canada's first $8 stamp.
Two additional values were released in October 1998.
A fourth value, the $5 Moose appeared in December 2003.
Two new $1 values were issued in October 2005 to replace the stamp issued in 1998.
Two new $2 values were issued in December 2005 to replace the stamp issued in 1998.
These stamps have produced a couple of Canadian "firsts":
The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist.
The $8 Grizzly Bear was issued in panes of 4; field stock (no inscriptions) and philatelic panes (only LR inscription blocks) exist.
The $5 Moose was issued in panes of 4; an inscription appear beside all four stamps. There is no barcode on the pane.
The $10 Blue Whale, Canada's largest and highest denomination stamp, was issued in panes of 2. Under a ultraviolet light, hidden features appear.
The original (1998/2003) $1 & $2 stamps were issued in panes of 16. The Feb 4/03 reprints have a barcode in the right hand selvedge (as part of the LR plate block).
The souvenir sheets issued in 2005 are panes of 4:
$10 Blue Whale pane of 2:
$10 Blue Whale with hidden security features under an ultraviolet light:
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