OTD: New Brunswick celebrates 150th anniversary

On today’s date in 1934, Canada’s Post Office Department (now Canada Post) issued a two-cent commemorative to mark the 150th anniversary of New Brunswick’s founding.

Printed by the British American Bank Note Company, the issue had a print run of 5,050,000 stamps and was released to coincide with celebrations for the sesquicentennial of New Brunswick, which separated from Nova Scotia in 1784.

The design of the stamp (Scott #210) features the great seal of New Brunswick with a ship “sailing up a river, on the borders of which is a new settlement with lofty pines on each side, destined to Naval purposes,” according to Douglas and Mary Patrick’s 1964 book Canada’s Postage Stamps.

The Latin inscription around the seal—”SIGILL PROVINCIÆ NOV BRUNS”—means “Seal of the Province of New Brunswick.”

The motto beneath the seal, “SPEM REDUXIT,” translates to “it brings back hope” and relates to the colony’s establishment.

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