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Volume 43 – #08

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Volume 43#08

August 11 – August 24, 2015

A ceremony held in Halifax on July 22 marked the release of a new $20 Fine Silver coin and three postage stamps commemorating the discovery of the Erebus. Participating in the release, from left to right: Kirk MacRae, a Royal Canadian Mint board member; Peter MacKay, minister of justice and attorney general; Robert Moreau, a director with Collections, Curatorial and Conservation, Parks Canada; and Doug Jones, vice-president, Canada Post.

New Canada Post issue celebrates discovery of Erebus

On July 22, Canada Post unveiled three stamps commemorating Sir John Franklin’s 1845 search for the Northwest Passage and the recent discovery of his vanished flagship, HMS Erebus, in September of last year. The stamps – two Permanent and one international rate – will be issued Aug. 6. The se-tenant – or side-by-side – Permanent stamps were designed by Roy White, of the Vancouver-based Subplot Design, with illustrations from Halifax resident Mike Little, who has also worked on other stamps, including the Titanic collection (Scott #2536-37) issued in 2012. Continue reading →

Features
Recall of design error is a Canadian first
Page 1
Collectors can benefit from closer relationships with dealers
Page 1
Government funding a boon for philately
Page 4
Canada Post wants to increase stamp prices for 2016
Page 5
BNAPEX coming to Niagara Falls
Page 1

Regulars
CSN Marketplace
Are you buying or selling?
Page 19
Show & Bourse
Check out the shows in your area
Page 23
Editorial
Embarrassment for Canada Post, a dream for collectors

Thanks to Canada Post, the summer of 2015 will be remembered as a hot one for stamp collectors. While the Crown corporation has been raked over the coals by some for its hoodoo design error, this is stuff that dreams are made of for philatelists. This is a significant error, and for some philatelists, this will be about profiting from the mistake. For other collectors, it’s about the hunt to add the image error to their collection.

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By mwalsh
Columns
Chad Neighbor
Commonwealth Communiqué
Keep Bermuda stamps on cover
Page 3
Ian Robertson
Looking Back
Alberta hosted infamous whisky-trading post
Page 6

Gary Dickinson
First-Day Covers
UPU issue marked end of JCR-brand cachets
Page 10
Ian Robertson
Stamping Grounds
U.S. plans to issue another Elvis stamp has fans all shook u
Page 14

Peter Mosiondz, Jr.
Collecting 101
U.S. 1902 series presented opportunities for fakery
Page 15
Robin Harris
New Issues
From around the world
Page 18

Jesse Robitaille
Philatelic Profile
From work to play, this collector sees blood all day
Page 22
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