Twelve Penny Black

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1851 stamp of Queen Victoria issued by Canada

Twelve Penny Black is a rare Canada stamp. It was issued in 1851. The 12-pence stamp showed the portrait of Queen Victoria.

History[change | change source]

In 1851, the Province of Canada[a] issued the stamps of Queen Victoria. For the stamp image, the Queen's portrait by Alfred Edward Chalon (1780–1860) was used. This design is called the Chalon head. The stamps were printed in New York.[1]

In fine and unused condition, these stamps are very priced. In February 2006, a Twelve Penny Black was sold £116,000.[2]

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Notes[change | change source]

  1. Today this is approximately Ontario and Quebec.

References[change | change source]

  1. Michel Catalog (2000). Übersee-Katalog. Nord- und Mittelamerika. Michel. p. 339.
  2. Ashton, R. (April 2007). "Sale of the century". Stamp Magazine 73 (4): 44–51.  Corrected in: Stamp Magazine 73 (5): 9.

Other websites[change | change source]

  • Canadian stamps (1851–1875) on the site of Library and Archives Canada.
  • "Pence (Sc #1–3)". Canada Rare Stamp Gallery. Saskatoon Stamp Centre. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2010-02-24.
  • "Queen Victoria". Philatis, Visual Search – Postal Archives – ArchiviaNet – Library and Archives Canada. Canadian Postal Archives Database; Canada Post Corporation. Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2010-02-25.