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Newfoundland Stamps

Issues of 1865-1897


Newfoundland stamps from 1865 through 1896 feature a large number of interesting collecting opportunities, both for the average collector and for the specialist. 

In looking at a catalog, it would appear that Newfoundland issued a vast number of stamps during this time period.  This is not really true though.  In fact, only 15 major definitive stamp types were produced during this time period.  There were, however, many different printings of some of these definitive stamp types during this 30 year period, which produced a large number of distinctly different colors and shades. 

Also beginning in 1865, the first pictorial definitive Newfoundland stamps were introduced.  Their pictorial commemorative and definitive stamps, in subsequent years, would become the rule rather than the exception, and it is these interesting pictorial stamps that have succeeded in making Newfoundland stamps very popular with collectors Worldwide.

From the first 1865 issues, ALL the stamps of Newfoundland have been denominated in decimal currency.


The nine Newfoundland stamps shown above were issued between 1865 and 1894.  They are all perforated 12, and they are printed on white and / or yellowish paper.  Please see a specialized catalog for details on stamps with varying paper types.

  • 2 C.  (1865 - Scott #24) - Codfish - Green.
  • 5 C.  (1865 - Scott #25) - Harp Seal - Brown.
  • 5 C.  (1868 - Scott #26) - Harp Seal - Black.
  • 10 C.  (1865 - Scott #27) - Prince of Wales - Black.
  • 12 C.  (1865 - Scott #28) - Queen Victoria - Pale Red Brown.
  • 12 C.  (1894 - Scott #29) - Queen Victoria - Brown.
  • 13 C.  (1865 - Scott #30) - Fishing Ship - Orange.
  • 24 C.  (1865 - Scott #31) - Queen Victoria - Blue.


The new definitive types shown above were issued between 1868 and 1894.

  • 1 C.  (1868 - Scott #32) - Prince of Wales - Violet.
  • 1 C.  (1871 - Scott #32A) - Prince of Wales - Brown Lilac.
  • 3 C.  (1870 - Scott #33) - Queen Victoria - Vermilion.
  • 3 C.  (1873 - Scott #34) - Queen Victoria - Blue.
  • 6 C.  (1870 - Scott #35) - Queen Victoria - Dull Rose.
  • 6 C.  (1894 - Scott #36) - Queen Victoria - Carmine Lake.


More modified definitive stamp types were issued between 1880 and 1897, as shown above.

  • 1 C.  (1880 - Scott #41) - Prince of Wales - Violet Brown.
  • 1 C.  (1880 - Scott #42) - Prince of Wales - Gray Brown.
  • 1 C.  (1896 - Scott #43) - Prince of Wales - Brown.
  • 1 C.  (1887 - Scott #44) - Prince of Wales - Deep Green.
  • 1 C.  (1897 - Scott #45) - Prince of Wales - Green.
  • 2 C.  (1880 - Scott #46) - Codfish - Yellow Green.
  • 2 C.  (1896 - Scott #47) - Codfish - Green.
  • 2 C.  (1887 - Scott #48) - Codfish - Red Orange.
  • 3 C.  (1880 - Scott #49) - Queen Victoria - Blue.
  • 3 C.  (1887 - Scott #51) - Queen Victoria - Umber Brown.
  • 3 C.  (1896 - Scott #52) - Queen Victoria - Violet Brown.
  • 5 C.  (1880 - Scott #53) - Harp Seal - Pale Blue.
  • 5 C.  (1887 - Scott #54) - Harp Seal - Dark Blue.
  • 5 C.  (1894 - Scott #55) - Harp Seal - Bright Blue.


Between 1887 and 1896, a new 1/2 C. pictorial stamp denomination was added and a new 10 C. pictorial stamp denomination was issued.

  • 1/2 C.  (1887 - Scott #56) - Newfoundland Dog - Rose Red.
  • 1/2 C.  (1896 - Scott #57) - Newfoundland Dog - Orange Red.
  • 1/2 C.  (1894 - Scott #58) - Newfoundland Dog - Black.
  • 10 C.  (1887 - Scott #59) - Schooner - Black.




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Between 1876 and 1879, four contemporary denomination types (Scott #37-40) were printed in sheets that were rouletted.  They are shown above.

These rouletted varieties are very scarce, and they should only be purchased with certificates of authenticity.


In 1890, the new 3 C. denomination (Scott #60) stamp shown above was issued.

This new stamp comes in the following shades:

  • Slate
  • Gray Lilac
  • Brown Lilac
  • Lilac
  • Slate Violet