Pence-Cents Era Study Group launches new page

The Pence-Cents Era Study Group recently launched an updated webpage detailing the group’s history, research and other activities.

One of more than 20 active study groups affiliated with the British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS), the Pence-Cents group formed in 2012 and currently has about 75 members.

The new webpage – located at – provides a list of in-depth studies about the stamps and postal history of the 1851 “Pence” and 1859 “Cents” issues. BNAPS President Ron Majors is the study group’s chair, and Jim Jung is its newsletter editor.

The latest newsletter, published for November, highlights newly discovered plate flaws on the 10-pence Jacques Cartier stamp (Scott #7) issued in 1855. Other topics in the recent issue include two fake Pence covers; several Pence- and Cents-era covers featuring four-ring numeral cancels; and mourning covers from that period.

In addition to its digital newsletter, the group meets every year during BNAPS’ annual convention, BNAPEX, which was cancelled this year due to COVID-19. Majors and Jung are now considering hosting virtual meetings (via Zoom) to complement the newsletter.

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