More counterfeits of modern Canadian stamps emerge

Genuine (left), 2021 counterfeit, 2024 counterfeit ‘P’ coil stamps.

It seems the flood of counterfeit postage stamps that keeps showing up in certain countries has finally, and again, impacted Canadian postage stamps.  While Canadian stamps have been counterfeited a number of times in the 2000’s, these have mostly been first-class (‘P’) values in booklets of 10. In approximately 2021, two counterfeits were found from... Continue reading →

Royal returns to Fredericton

For only the second time ever, the annual convention of the Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) will be held in New Brunswick. From Sept. 20-22, members of “Canada’s national stamp club” will gather in Fredericton for the highly anticipated event. The Royal *2024* Royale convention will be hosted by the Fredericton District Stamp Club... Continue reading →

Boisbriand’s young philatelists shine at Orapex exhibition

From the left: Laurent Constantineau, Lili Rivard and Éliane Rose generated an unprecedented level of excitement at this year’s Orapex stamp exhibition – the youngest in years to enter the national competition.

In the quaint North Shore town of Boisbriand, a short distance from bustling Montreal, l’École Alternative Le Sentier is making waves with its progressive education model. The model encourages children to pursue new skills and passions through project-based learning. Every other Thursday afternoon, an innovative concept called “a day at school off” is implemented, allowing... Continue reading →

May sale replete with Canadian rarities

A remarkable 26-cent Cunard Line December 1868 cover (Lot 786) stands out among the many rare items featured in Eastern Auctions’ upcoming sale on May 22-25.

Eastern Auctions anticipates specialists will scrutinize its May 22-25 sale closely, given its extensive collection of 1,500 lots primarily focused on Canada and British North America. The four-day auction showcases numerous lots rarely seen at auction. “Not counting the fabulous collection of Cyprus and worldwide lots in this sale, there are over 1,200 lots on... Continue reading →

Collectors turn up the heat at National Stamp and Coin Show

Roy and Linda Houtby, dealers from St. Catharines, Ont. aid customers at the National Postage Stamp and Coin Show, attracting a continuous flow of collectors throughout the two-day event.

The coin and stamp show, held at the Hilton Mississauga on April 6-7, boasted a remarkable turnout, particularly on opening day, with a substantial influx of collectors filling the expansive 9,100  sq. ft. ballroom throughout the day. Over the weekend, more than 50 dealers from across Canada enjoyed a steady stream of collectors at the... Continue reading →

RPSC launches free online course to help get collectors exhibiting

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada’s inaugural web course aims to provide a welcoming entry point for aspiring exhibitors. Presented over three weeks in May, the free course will feature expert guidance from Gregg Redner, left, Andrew Kelly, centre and Andrew McFarlane.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) is introducing a new initiative aimed at advancing education and bolstering philatelic exhibitions. Aligned with the RPSC’s dedication to prioritizing education, Canada’s stamp club is launching a free web course designed to provide collectors of all levels and interests with a fun introduction to the world of stamp... Continue reading →

12-Penny Black sells for $740,625, sets record for stamps sold in Canada

Eastern Auctions’ owner Gary Lyon oversees the bidding for the glorious mint pair of the famous 12-Penny Black, setting a Canadian auction record.

It’s an auction moment that in-person and online viewers will likely never forget. It all began when auctioneer Gary Lyon opened Lot 6 of Ron Brigham’s revered Pence and Cents collection on March 8. “There are things you’ve always wanted to sell, well this is one of them for me,” the owner of New Brunswick’s... Continue reading →

RPSC panellists explore innovations in exhibiting

Two pages of exhibit on letter paper.

The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC)’s latest Stamp Panel featured ideas on how to make exhibits visually inviting. Kathy Johnson, both an exhibitor and a philatelic judge, created and competitively exhibited 28 multi-frame and 14 single-frame exhibits across the classes of exhibit types, and countries of origin. She had tips on how planning storylines... Continue reading →

Lundeen Admiral collection offers bidders ‘last chance’ to acquire ‘prized items’

Described in the auction catalogue as ‘a spectacular, unique’ composite die essay, Lot 501 sold for $105,000 plus the 18.5 per cent buyer's premium.

Collectors will have one last chance to own “some of the most prized items” in the legendary Glen Lundeen Admiral collection, including two “one-of-a-kind” latheworks and an “incredible” composite essay. “This is the third and final portion of Glen Lundeen’s Admiral collection,” says Eastern Auctions’ chief describer Yohann Tanguay. “It will be your last chance... Continue reading →

Maresches mark a century in the stamp business

Richard A.R. Maresch and William Maresch in 1965 at their Toronto store location, 628 Temperance St. (1956-1968).

“Love, passion, and trust.” That, according to auctioneer Peter Maresch, is the secret sauce to the company’s success as it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. It’s “the trust our customers give us,” which has seen three generations of Maresches build the Ontario-based company into Canada’s oldest philatelic auction business. “One day a customer brought... Continue reading →

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