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1st Class/Medium-value Leaf (1998-1999)
Updated Jan 5/02


45c Leaf ATM (15k) 45c Leaf Coil (15k) 46c Leaf ATM (15k) 55c Leaf (15k) 73c Leaf (15k) 95c Leaf (15k)


A new series of 1st class and medium-value stamps first made their appearance in 1998 with the release of a 45c stylized Maple Leaf design. At the time of its release, there was no word that this stamp was the start of a "new" definitive series. However, by the end of the year, all of this changed...

The postal rate increase from 45c to 46c (and other rates) provided the proof that a new series of stamps was underway, with the addition of 4 new values.

Some notable observations:

  • the 45c and 46c ATM stamps were only available from selected Automated Teller Machines in southern Ontario (and the philatelic centre in Antigonish)
  • the 45c coil has simulated perfs
  • the medium-values (55c-95c) are in a smaller-size format, compared with previous medium-value definitive series
  • as with all Canadian stamps, the plate inscriptions are found in each of the four corners of philatelic stock (field stock has the inscriptions removed). It is of interest that the 55c, 73c, and 95c Leaf panes have a subtle difference in the lower left corner compared to the other corners: the line spacing of the inscription is narrower on the LL inscription:
    55c Leaf inscription (31k)


Pane of 18
Roll of 100
Pane of 50
Pane of 5
  Self-adhesive Water Activated
  Avery Ashton-Potter
  Imperf Simulated
13x13 1/3
First-class rate:
45c Leaf (study tip article) Apr 14/98 Sep 30/98    
46c Leaf Dec 28/98      
55c Leaf     Dec 28/98 Dec 28/98
73c Leaf     Dec 28/98  
95c Leaf     Dec 28/98 Dec 28/98

A 46c Leaf coil was announced early in 1999 by Canada Post - it was never released.

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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