Admiral updates from researchers

Canadian Admiral stamp expert Leopold Beaudet outlined nearly a dozen “discoveries and curiosities” from the long-running definitive series during a recent presentation in Calgary, Alta.

Beaudet took the stage at CPS 2022 BNAPEX, a combined national-level and British North America exhibition this September, to share details about his and other researchers’ findings. Among the rarities he discussed were the scarcest Admiral stamps on covers, the newfound “compass arc” plate flaw variety, booklet covers with guidelines, a birch bark postcard, fake coils and more.

From 1911-27, the Post Office Department (known as Canada Post since 1981) produced the regular issue of Admiral sheet stamps, the first Canadian definitives with King George V’s portrait. The issue spanned 22 designs, including colour changes, with 17 billion stamps printed altogether, according to Beaudet.

Current for 17 years, the series also included more than 700 plates and a wide range of flaws and varieties for specialist collectors. Beaudet has edited the Admiral Study Group (ASG) newsletter, The Admiral’s Log, since 2001. To view the recent presentation on the ASG website, visit

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