Canadian Stamps and Postal History

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The First Cents Issue of 1859-1868

The First Cents Issue of 1859-1868

The adoption of decimal currency in 1859 necessitated a new series of stamps to replace the old sterling currency issues. It was decided to continue with the same designs as before. The only difference being that the stamps would be denominated in cents rather than pence:

1. 1c rose as the old 1/2d rose with the Wyon portrait of Queen Victoria.
2. 2c claret, as above, but with numerals in the...
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