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Canada Registration Stamps

Ornately designed Canada registration stamps were issued, beginning in 1875, to pay the additional fee on registered letter mail.  These interesting stamps were printed by the British American Banknote Co. in Montreal and in Ottawa, and they are line engraved on white, wove paper.

Here's a facet of 19th Century Canadian philately that just about anyone can complete, without an excessive expenditure.  If one collects only the major Scott Catalog varieties, there are only THREE stamps.  If one collects all the Scott Catalog listed shades, there are only EIGHT stamps.  And, if one includes the two Scott Catalog listed perforation varieties (in used condition), there would be a grand total of TEN stamps needed to complete the collection of Canadian registration stamps.


The 2 C. denomination registered letter stamps were issued between 1875 and 1888, and they come with two different perforation gauges.

Perforated 12:

  • 2 C.  (1875 - Scott #F1) - Orange, Orange Red.
  • 2 C.  (1875 - Scott #F1a) - Vermilion.
  • 2 C.  (1888 - Scott #F1b) - Rose Carmine.

Perforated 12 x 11 1/2:

  • 2 C.  (1875 - Scott #F1d) - Orange.


The 5 C. denomination registered letter stamps were issued between 1875 and 1888, and they come with two different perforation gauges.

Perforated 12:

  • 5 C.  (1875 - Scott #F2) - Green, Deep Green.
  • 5 C.  (1888 - Scott #F2a) - Blue Green.
  • 5 C.  (1878 - Scott #F2b) - Yellow Green.

Perforated 12 x 11 1/2:

  • 5 C.  (1875 - Scott #F2d) - Green, Deep Green.


The 8 C. denomination registered letter stamps were issued in 1875, and they are all Perforated 12:

  • 8 C.  (1875 - Scott #F3) - Dull Blue.
  • 8 C.  (1875 - Scott #F3a) - Bright Blue.

These Canada registration stamps were discontinued after 1888, and since then, regular definitive postage stamps have been used to pay for registered mail.




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