News and Views. . .
This year the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada held its annual convention in May just outside of Montreal in Boucherville Quebec.
Jim and I manned our booth, and we enjoyed talking to collectors
from all across Canada and the United States. The exhibits were
first class, and we were pleased to see the names of many of our bidders on the list of medal winners. We congratulate them!
The Vance Auctions team will be at the annual APS Summer Show at the Greater Richmond Convention Center in Richmond Virginia from August 3rd to August 6th. If you attend the show we hope that you will stop by our booth to say hello.
July 1st was a banner day in Canadian history. We have been a nation for 150 years! The big event was celebrated by Canada Post with a special series of ten ‘Canada 150’ commemorative stamps that shine a light on Canada’s rich history and cultural diversity.
Canada’s first commemorative stamps were issued in
1897 to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Victoria’s reign. The engraved image combined the famous Chalon portrait
of young Victoria with the Alexander Bassano portrait of the mature Victoria in one of Canada’s most beautiful sets. A total of 16 stamps with values from ½¢ to $5 were printed by the American Bank Note Co.
A little known fact about the Jubilee issue is that the higher values (10¢to $5) were printed in a different format than the lower values (½¢ to 8¢). There was expected to be less demand for the higher values so they were only printed in sheets of 50 stamps (5 across
by 10 down), and the lower values were printed in sheets of 100 (10 by 10). If you compare a lower value to
a higher value, you will find that the higher value’s image is slightly narrower.
It is quite an accomplishment to collect mint or used copies of all 16 Jubilees, and there is no end of additional areas to study. Our auctions always contain a nice selection of singles, blocks, plate imprints, varieties and proofs, as well as postmarks and Jubilees on cover. See Lots #4281-93 and #4965 to 5050 in the enclosed catalogue for many interesting lots of this popular issue (Scott #’s 50 to 65).
Sale #325 is packed full with over 7,300 lots. There are excellent sections of Canada and Provinces, United States, British Commonwealth, Netherlands and Colonies, Germany, and Italy. Don’t miss the fascinating group of European pre-stamp covers in Lots 1143 to 1177 or the coins and paper money in Lots 7235 to 7278.
Please mark August 23rd on your calendar. Bids can be submitted by mail, fax, phone, e-mail, through our web site, or through Stamp Auction Network. Remember that we
are always here answering the phone until Midnight on the closing date to help you with your bids. Good luck!