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Low-value Artifacts (1982-87)
Updated Jan 5/02
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 Medium-value Artifacts


A new series of definitives, featuring Artifacts, appeared in 1982. This type of design lasted just 5-6 years, resulting in 7 low-value and 9 medium-value designs.

The 7 basic low-value designs have produced 21 different varieties, due to perforation, paper, and tagging changes.

Four different paper manufacturers supplied paper for the low-value Artifact sheet stamps. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.

The 1c-5c values were all issued untagged. The 10c value was issued with 2-bar tagging and block tagging.

All of these stamps were issued in panes of 100. Top


  14x13 1/3 13x13 1/3
  Abitibi Rolland Clark Harrison
Value Not tagged 2-bar tag Not tagged 2-bar tag Not tagged Block tag
1c Decoy Oct 19/82   Jul 4/86   Aug 6/85 Jan 10/85  
2c Fishing Spear Oct 19/82   Jul 4/86   Feb 10/84 Jan 13/86  
3c Stable Lantern Oct 19/82   Jul 4/86     Jan 10/85  
5c Bucket Oct 19/82   Jul 86   Jul 6/84 Mar 1/85  
10c Weathercock   Oct 19/82   Aug 22/86     Mar 1/85
20c Skates   Oct 19/82   Jul 4/86      
25c Butter Stamp       May 6/87      

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


Errors that exist on these 7 values include: double inscription (2c), printed on gum side (2c), imperforate bottom half of stamp in 9th row and all of 10th row (2c), narrow stamp due to perf shift (20c), and missing reddish brown (20c). Top

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