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High-value Cityscapes (1972-78)
Updated Oct 14/02


 Medium-value Landscapes


March 17, 1972 saw the release of Canada's first ever multi-coloured definitive on two values: $1 and $2 high-value cityscapes.

The $1 value depicts Vancouver's shoreline while the $2 value shows Quebec city's skyline.

The $1 value saw three different printings; each easily identifiable from the others. The $2 value was re-issued some 4 years after its initial release but, unfortunately for collectors, there is no noticeable difference between the two printings.

The $1 Vancouver printings are described as Type I or Type II. However, the different perforations used for the 3 printings is an alternative method to separating these stamps:

  • Type I: has duller colours, green of further shore is solid (printed by lithography).
  • Type II: brighter green and brown (photogravure). Green of further shore has engraved crosshatching.
Both values were printed in panes of 50.



  Type I   Type II
  11   12 1/2x12 13 1/3
  No tag   OP-2 (general)
    Ribbed     Hi-brite  
$1 Vancouver shoreline Mar 17/72 (pl 1) 72? (pl 1)   Oct 23/73 (pl 2) 73? Jan 77 (pl 3)
$2 Quebec skyline Mar 17/72 (pl 1)
Mar 28/78 (pl 2)

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



The initial $1 Vancouver printing (perf 11) has 2 distinct constant plate varieties:

  • "short $ flaw": This occurs 4 times on a pane at positions 21, 22, 23, and 24.
  • dot after 'postes': This flaw occurs just once on a pane, at position 22. Notice that the "short $ flaw" also occurs on this stamp.

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