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Dominion of Canada Stamps

Issues of 1930-1933

For Canada stamps, the period between 1930 and 1933 witnessed the release of two more portrait and pictorial definitive sets.   This is a great period for stamp collectors, but the frequency of regular issue stamps would gradually taper off, and as the 1930's went on, these definitive postage stamps would gradually be replaced by greater numbers of more meaningful commemorative stamps.


The new definitive Canada stamps shown above, featuring the portrait of King George V, were issued between 1930 and 1931.

The sheet and booklet format stamps are perforated 11.

  • 1 C.  (1930 - Scott #162) - Orange.
  • 1 C.  (1930 - Scott #163) - Deep Green.
  • 2 C.  (1930 - Scott #164) - Dull Green.
  • 2 C.  (1930 - Scott #165) - Deep Red.
  • 2 C.  (1931 - Scott #166) - Dark Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1931 - Scott #167) - Deep Red.
  • 4 C.  (1930 - Scott #168) - Yellow Bister.
  • 5 C.  (1930 - Scott #169) - Dull Violet.
  • 5 C.  (1930 - Scott #170) - Dull Blue.
  • 8 C.  (1930 - Scott #171) - Dark Blue.
  • 8 C.  (1930 - Scott #172) - Red Orange.

The horizontal coil stamps are perforated 8 1/2 vertically.

  • 1 C.  (1930 - Scott #178) - Orange.
  • 1 C.  (1930 - Scott #179) - Deep Green.
  • 2 C.  (1930 - Scott #180) - Dull Green.
  • 2 C.  (1930 - Scott #181) - Deep Red.
  • 2 C.  (1931 - Scott #182) - Dark Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1931 - Scott #183) - Deep Red.


The five pictorial definitive Canada stamps shown above were issued during 1930.  These stamps are all engraved and perforated 11.

Their descriptions are as follows:

  • 10 C.  (1930 - Scott #173) - Library of Parliament.
  • 12 C.  (1930 - Scott #174) - The Citadel at Quebec.
  • 20 C.  (1930 - Scott #175) - Harvesting Wheat.
  • 50 C.  (1930 - Scott #176) - Museum and Monument to Evangeline in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia.
  • $ 1  (1930 - Scott #177) - Mt. Edith Cavell (11,033 ft.) in Alberta.



The three commemorative Canada stamps shown above were issued on July 12, 1932 to publicize the Imperial Economic Conference, held in Ottawa, Ontario.

Their descriptions are as follows:

  • 3 C.  (1932 - Scott #192) - King George V.
  • 5 C.  (1932 - Scott #193) - Prince of Wales (King Edward VIII).
  • 13 C.  (1932 - Scott #194) - Allegory of the British Empire.


Another new series of definitive Canada stamps, featuring the portrait of King George V, were issued between 1932 and 1933.

The sheet and booklet format stamps are perforated 11.

  • 1 C.  (1932 - Scott #195) - Deep Green.
  • 2 C.  (1932 - Scott #196) - Black Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1932 - Scott #197) - Deep Red.
  • 4 C.  (1932 - Scott #198) - Ocher.
  • 5 C.  (1932 - Scott #199) - Dark Blue.
  • 8 C.  (1932 - Scott #200) - Red Orange.

The horizontal coil stamps are perforated 8 1/2 vertically.

  • 1 C.  (1933 - Scott #205) - Dark Green.
  • 2 C.  (1933 - Scott #206) - Black Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1933 - Scott #207) - Deep Red.



The new 13 C. denomination pictorial definitive stamp shown above was issued on December 1, 1932.  The design is the same as that of the 12 C. denomination pictorial definitive stamp of 1930.

  • 13 C.  (1932 - Scott #201) - The Citadel of Quebec.





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On June 24, 1931, remainders of the 3 C. carmine Admiral Issue were released. 

These stamps, undoubted from coil sheets, are perforated 12 x 8 (Scott #184).

These are so weird looking, that one doesn't even need a perforation gauge.


The 10 C. commemorative stamp shown above was issued on September 30, 1931 (Scott #190) to honor Sir Georges Etienne Cartier.

Sir Georges Etienne Cartier (1814-1873) was principally responsible for the entry of Canada East (Quebec) into the Canadian Confederation.  Although, his early motivation in doing this was not out of his love of the Confederation, but out of fear of the intentions of his American neighbors to the South.

While a member of parliament in Ottawa, he was also responsible for the purchase of the Northwest Territories and Rupert's Land by Canada.  Later on, he was also active in the negotiations that created the Province of Manitoba, and that brought the Colony of British Columbia and Vancouver Island into the Canadian Confederation.


On June 21, 1932, supplies of the 2 C. denomination stamps of 1930 were overprinted and revalued to 3 C (Scott #191).