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Baby Animals: Series II (P/61c era)
Updated Dec 30/12

Coils (100 / 50):
Coil (5000):
Souvenir sheet:


Initial release date: Jan 16/12


  • P [Permanent(tm)] Racoons
  • $1.05 Caribou
  • $1.29 Loons
  • $1.80 Moose

Scott/Unitrade numbers:

  • 2506(Permanent coil), 2505 (roll of 5,000)
  • 2504 (souvenir sheet)
  • 2507-2509 (coils)
  • 2510-2512 (booklet singles)
  • BK476-BK478 (booklets)

Printer: Lowe-Martin (Ottawa, ON)
Printing method: Lithography (5 colours)
Paper: self-adhesive, TRC

Designers: Monique Dufour, Sophie Lafortune

Postage rates (Jan 16/12-Jan 13/13):

  • P = 61c - domestic lettermail (0-30g)
  • $1.05 -USA (0-30g) and domestic (30-50g)
  • $1.29 -domestic non-standard (0-60g), domestic oversize (0-100g)
  • $1.80 - International (0-30g)


  • coil rolls of 50 ($1.05, $1.29 and $1.80) or 100 (P) with a 'gutter' every 10 stamps that contains an inscription. Gutters are collected in strips of 4 with 2 stamps on either side of the gutter. Single stamps are serpentine die cut (rounded tips) on the top and bottom.

    It is known that the coils are printed with 10 rolls across the printing sleeve.


  • the Permanent stamp was also released in very large rolls for commercial users (rolls of 5,000)


  • booklet 'panels' of 6 ($1.05, $1.29 and $1.80). Single stamps are serpentine die cut (rounded tips) on the top and bottom.


Security features

Hidden dates

For the second time in Canadian philately, these stamps have two hidden dates on each stamp; one that is quite apparent while a second that is a bit smaller and harder to find.


In addition, each stamp has two, three or four "squigles" hidden with the design. The squigles are in the same colour as the second hidden date.

Both of the above 'features' are most likely for security purposes.


Souvenir Sheet



The 'hidden' tagging on all of the stamps is a simple 4-sided. There are no other "hidden" elements in the tagging as there were on the first series of baby wildlife a year ago.



Coil Checklist

  Self-adhesive Water-activated gum
  Coil Booklet Souvenir sheet
  Die cut 8.15 - 8.50 Die cut 9.2 Die cut 9.2 Die cut 9.2 Perf 13.4x13.1
  C paper Quarterly pack Roll of 5000 C paper C paper
Domestic First-class rate:
P Racoons Jan 16/12 x Jan 16/12   Jan 16/12
USA rate:
$1.05 Caribou Jan 16/12 x   Jan 16/12 Jan 16/12
Domestic Non-standard and Oversize rate (0-100g):
$1.29 Loons Jan 16/12 x   Jan 16/12 Jan 16/12
International rate:
$1.80 Moose Jan 16/12 x   Jan 16/12 Jan 16/12

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


Coil Distribution

The coils were distributed to post offices in boxes, with 10 rolls per box. Self-adhesive labels were applied to one end of these boxes that contained several pieces of information:

  • quantity of rolls per box
  • Canada Post product number
  • printing roll number, date, and time
  • internal barcode and number
Permanent   $1.05
$1.29 $1.80

The rolls were wrapped around a thick inner core or cardboard. A clear, self-adhesive sticker was applied on the end of the roll to keep it rolled. This 'wrapper' had a UPC barcode which would be scanned at the post office checkout. Each wrapper was colour-coded to match the corresponding stamp.

The left side of the non-Permanent(tm) wrappers include the total value of the roll; in the past these showed only the denomination of one stamp.

Interestingly, the UPC numbers are not sequential by denomination.

Denomination UPC barcode on wrapper



Coil Serpentine Die Cutting

The die cutting pattern illustrated below has appeared on all four of these stamps (???? but has been used both upright and inverted ????).

  • 8.15 8.50 horizontally (all 4 values)

In addition, the Permanent and $1.10 stamps appeared with a second die cutting pattern (see the P/63c era for details and images of these).

Nibs / Perforation measurements

"Upright" die cutting

4 nibs
Right, Left, Right, Left
5 nibs
All left
Col 1 Col 2-3 Col 4 Col 5* Col 6-9 Col 10
8.25 8.30 8.35 8.50 8.15 8.35
* the last peak from column 5 is narrower than the rest

Upright die cutting  
4 nibs
Right, Left, Right, Left
(column 1-4)
4 nibs
Right, Left, Right, Left
Narrower peak at right
(column 5)
5 nibs
Left, Left, Left, Left, Left
(column 6-9)
5 nibs
Left, Left, Left, Left, Left
(column 10 - the last nib may not be present due to roll slitting)


Coil - Rolls of 5,000

The Permanent coil was released in rolls of 5,000 stamps on January 16, 2012. The die cutting is a consistent 9.2 across the top and bottom of the stamp.

Due to the consistent, and different die cut gauge, these stamps are different compared to those from rolls of 100. They may prove to be difficult to find on commercial mailings used in period.

The stamps are rolled in a horizontal format (compared to vertical for the same design in rolls of 100 issued to post offices). There is a gap between the stamps and extra backing paper above and below the stamps. Illustrated below is a strip of 10, as received from the philatelic sales branch. These stamps could only be ordered in strips of 4 or 10; full rolls are only available to business clients.

There are no additional markings on the roll - either front or back.



The $1.05, $1.29 and $1.80 designs were issued in booklet "panels" of 6 stamps.

Booklet Checklist

Booklet panes
  C paper

back cover:

Mailing letters
$1.05 Caribou Jan 16/12
$1.29 Loons Jan 16/12
$1.80 Moose Jan 16/12


Booklet Cover

The original printings of these booklets advertised mailing letters, each denomination in a different colour.


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