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Flag - Vending Machine Booklet (1989-90)
Updated Jan 5/02

Paper Tips (2k)  Background


In a very short-lived existance, only 4 different values appeared featuring this simple, but highly visual, design of the Canadian flag.

All of the stamps came in booklets of 4, with the booklet selling for 50c from vending machines situated in (or just outside) post offices.

Although only 4 values were released, there are 9 different easily identifiable varieties, with one group of these being very scarce as they were not announced by the post office.

The Slater and Coated paper varieties can be distinguished on single stamps. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.

Relatively speaking, all values are scarce in used condition. The perf 12 1/2 x 13 varieties are very scarce (in both mint and used condition).

A Goods and Services Tax (GST) was introduced in Canada effective January 1, 1991 that was applied (7%) to virtually all products (and services) sold since that date. Since these stamps were intended to be dispensed from unattended vending machines, the total face value of the second booklet was lowered, but still sold for 50c (47c face value plus 3c GST = 50c selling value). Top


  12 1/2x13 13 1/3x14
Value Slater Coated
1c (yellow) Mar 90 Jan 12/90 Dec 28/90
5c (light violet) Mar 90 Jan 12/90 Dec 28/90
39c (light blue) Mar 90 Jan 12/90  
40c (light blue)     Dec 28/90

The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist. Teal shaded entries were not announced by Canada Post. Top

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