OTD: Canada Post begins issuing 68-stamp ‘Millennium Collection’

On today’s date in 1999, Canada Post began releasing its “Millennium Collection,” which included 68 specially designed stamps as a series of 17 Millennium souvenir sheets, each of which featured four different stamps.

The Millennium Collection was issued between Dec. 17, 1999, and March 17, 2000.

This first 16-stamp series, which was released Dec. 17, highlighted iconic Canadian entertainment and art, including IMAX motion-picture technology, the Calgary Stampede, singer Félix Leclerc and the National Film Board, among others.

A stamp honouring the National Film Board of Canada was also issued by Canada Post on Dec. 17, 1999.

Printed by Ashton-Potter, each of the 16 stamps have a denomination of 46 cents and a print run of 1,000,000. The simultaneously released Millennium Souvenir Sheet official first-day covers were cancelled in Ottawa.

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