Canada Post announced they will issue a new stamp on August 28th, dedicated to the Canadian writer Robertson Davies.
The stamp illustrates a portret by Yousuf Karsh, framing an all-knowing academic figure, with his trademark beard worthy of a mythic god.
Robertson Davies was a novelist, playwright, critic, journalist, and professor, being one of Canada’s best known and most popular authors, and one of the most distinguished “men of letters”. Davies was also the founding master of Massey College, a graduate residential college associated to the University of Toronto.
Canadian Post announced they will issue on July 5th the second stamp in the Children’s Literature series, honoring the author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay and her young character Stella.
Marie-Louise Gay, one of Canada’s best-loved creators of children’s books, has received numerous awards for her works in both French and English, including the 2005 Vicky Metcalf Award, multiple Governor General’s Awards, the Ruth Schwartz Award, the Mr. Christie’s Book Award, the Elizabeth Mrazik-Cleaver Canadian Picture Book Award, the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Illustrator’s Award.
Her famous Stella and Sam books have been published in more than twelve languages. Stella, her brother Sam and their pet dog Fred explore the world, and bring readers along on their many adventures.
Stamp Technical Details:
Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
Denomination: 2 x Permanent™ domestic rate
Design: Q30 design Inc.
Dimensions: 32 mm x 32 mm (square)
Gum Type: Pressure sensitive
Type: Tullis Russell
Perforations: Simulated perforation
Printing Process: Lithography in 7 colours
Tagging: General, 4 sides
We launched today a new application designed for the collectors of Canadian coins that have an Android smartphone or tablet. This is a modern tool that comes to replace the old paper catalogs and lists and to make the collector’s life easier.
The app will help the users easily manage their coin collection, by organizing the wish list, trade list and personal collection. Also it offers over 700 Canadian coins with useful information like images, catalog prices, mintage, material, weight, diameter and others.
An extra option called the coin “Market Price” is also available, giving information about the real value of a coin (based on the prices of coins sold in auctions).
All the data saved inside the app can be easily synchronized between multiple devices (phone, tablet and computer), being safely stored on allnumis.com platform.
You can buy the app now for 1.99€ on Amazon:
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Allnumis also made available Android apps with coins from Denmark, Hungary and Romania and other countries are about to come.
Canada Post have a new issue on June 20th, dedicated to The War of 1812. The stamps conclude the series honoring heroes from the War of 1812, depicting the portraits of Laura Secord and Charles de Salaberry.
The War of 1812 was a 32-month military conflict between the United States and the British Empire and their Indian allies which resulted in no territorial change between the Empire and the US, but a resolution of many issues which remained from the American War of Independence.
Stamp designer Susan Scott led the charge on this year’s issue, trying to highlight the connections in the heroic stories through the background of the stamps. Challenged with maintaining historical accuracy, she turned to costume experts, while injecting some drama into the stamps.
The year 2013 marks the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Louisbourg settlement. In commemoration of this historical event, the Royal Canadian Mint has crafted pure gold and silver collector coins which celebrate the origins of Louisbourg’s founding in 1713 and its survival as a living monument of early Canadian history.
After being captured by the British in 1758 and later abandoned as a military outpost, Louisbourg was declared a national historic site in 1926 and its historic structures were re-built in the 1960’s to give the visitors a unique experience of life in 1740’s New France. Today, the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site is both a model of world-class historic reconstruction and a reminder of the essential role the settlement had in the development of Nova Scotia, and to help
laying the foundation for the country that would one day be Canada.
A 1/25 oz, 99.99% pure gold coin features a design by the artist Peter Gough. This 50-cent face value gold coin is sold for $129.95 CDN and is limited to a mintage of 10,000 world-wide.
The 99.99% pure silver coin is the work of the artist John Horton. Bearing a $20 face value, this coin is available for $89.95 CDN and has a mintage of 8,500 examples world-wide.
Canada Post announced they will issue on June 10th a new stamp celebrating 250 years of postal history.
In 1753, Philadelphia Postmaster Benjamin Franklin opened the first Canadian post office in Halifax. It linked the Atlantic colonies with Britain. But eventually, Franklin’s involvement with the growing revolt against the British Empire made it necessary for him to leave his post.
Hugh Finlay was confirmed as postmaster general at Québec in 1763. He arranged for a courier from Montréal to New York to reach the monthly packet sailing to Britain. By 1771, weekly service was available year round.
In 1833, the Quebec-built Royal William was the first steamer to carry mail across the Atlantic. Canada’s first railway line was established in 1836, and became quickly recognized as a way to carry mail faster and farther. In 1868, An Act for the Regulation of the Postal Service officially created Canada’s uniform postal system.
The stamp was designed by Andrew Perro, who tried to depict such a long, detailed history: “Realizing 250 years of Canadian postal history on a stamp is like trying to summarize it in one sentence – not easily done. Instead, the design focuses on the system’s early establishment and how it helped to shape Canada’s future.”
The Canadian Post will issue on June 5th the first stamps in a series dedicated to the Canadian motorcycle manufacturing and design. This issue is featuring the 1908 Lightweight Motor Cycle and the 1914 Indian.
Motorcycles are one of the most affordable forms of transport in many parts of the world and, for most of the world’s population, they are also the most common type of motor vehicle, with over 200 million motorcycles in use worldwide. Motorcycles represent a broad range of interests including sports, transportation, recreation and pastime. The Canadian landscape seems to be built for motorcycles, offering the freedom of exploration.
Matt Warburton of Emdoubleyu Design worked on the stamps design, using his passion for motorcycles. He chose to create a simple design, focusing on the motorcycle itself: “I wanted to capture the structural beauty of a motorcycle, the design of the bikes, the beauty of the shapes of the engines, body and tanks.”
The result is a stamp that highlights two views of the bike. The most prominent is the top view of the rider, the other is of the bike’s profile. The Official First Day Cover shows off even more of the profile, while the background gets up close to the engines.