Queen Elizabeth II (1987-2001)|
Updated Jan 5/02
see also, Study Tips #2 article
A 37c Queen Elizabeth II first-class rate definitive, issued at the end of 1987, was the start of a new series of definitives portraying the Queen that is still "going strong".
Some 8 different designs have been used to date. However, with different printers, papers, perforations, booklets, etc., some 20 different distinguishable varieties exist! Two of the values were only released in sheet form (37c and 46c); all of the rest of the values were issued in both sheet and booklet form.
Four different paper manufacturers have supplied paper: Harrison, Peterborough, Slater, and Coated Paper. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.
Virtually all of the varieties were available in large quantities and used extensively over the years. One variety was not announced by the post office and has proved to be a bit more scarce (39c, perf 13.1 x 12 3/4).
The sheet stamps were issued in panes of 100 except for one value: the 46c was issued in panes of 120 (the 47c value reverted back to panes of 100 despite the smaller size like the 46c value). All of the booklets were issued in panes of 10.
[ This is a "wide" table, by necessity - too many varieties! ]