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Volume 41 – #16

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Volume 41#16

November 29 – December 12, 2016

The highest price of the October Eastern Auctions sale was paid for a set of die proofs of 1875 Registration stamps. The three lots, sold as a single item, realized more than $50,000.

Both classic and modern material hotly contested in Halifax

Bidding was strong at two auctions held in Halifax in late October by Eastern Auctions Ltd. The first sale featured collections formed by the late Mel Baron. According to auctioneer Gary Lyon, demand from mail, phone, and floor bidders was strong throughout the sale, with many lots bringing prices well over the estimates. “The section of imperforates was the most complete ever offered,” he said. A set of tete-beche Admiral issue booklet panes sold for $40,250. An imperf pair of the two-cent green Arch issue realized $16,100, while a block of four of the three-cent Medallion die II realized $9,775. Modern issues included an imperforate four-cent Cameo coil strip that brought an astounding $24,150. Continue reading →

Features
Canada Post Christmas stamps
Page 1
Don’t mark your fakes and forgeries, expert says
Page 1
Faker’s tools and counterfeits could have benefited hobby
Page 17
Frodel an unlikely suspect in hindsight, researcher says
Page 17

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Canada 150 an opportunity for collectors to shine

We are just a few months away from 2017, the 150th anniversary of Confederation. We will probably use that title, since the official name of a 150th anniversary is sesquicentennial, not something that rolls off the tongue. While the peak of the celebration will be tied to July 1, the government has already made it clear that this will be yearlong event. For me, this brings back memories of 1967. I wasn't very old then, but I remember it as a yearlong celebration. It was also, for many of us, the first time we started to express pride in being Canadians, and in Canada as a country. From a collecting viewpoint, 1967 was marked by a pretty awesome coin set, and a not-so-spectacular response from what was then the government post office.

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By Bret Evans
Columns
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Early inland steamers illustrated on 1976 stamps
Page 6
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communique
Collectors see changes as Australia Post takes over Norfolk
Page 8

Mike Smith
Deltiology
Some publishers thrived after the golden age
Page 10
David Piercey
Philatelic Bookshelf
Catalogue an indispensible reference for China collectors
Page 11

Ian Robertson
News Bites
Thai king was world’s longest-reigning monarch
Page 14
Randy Heimpel
StampNet
Informative site goes well beyond Revenue stamps
Page 16

Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18
Frank Tonge
Tonge in Cheek
Chicago marked ‘Century of Progress’ in depths of Depressio
Page 22

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