After one collector acquired a slightly tattered cover dating back more than a century and a half, he decided to restore it to ensure its survival as a scarce and significant piece of postal history. Mailed from Prescott, Ont., to watchmaker Willis Coates in Victoria, the cover is dated May 25, 1862, about two months before the latter city’s incorporation. It paid the 15-cent rate, which is the first known rate for stamped covers to Vancouver Island or British Columbia. “I collect the ‘Decimal’ issue, and the covers that I bought represent two of the three Decimal-era rates to British Columbia and Vancouver Island between 1859 and 1868, when the ‘Large Queens’ were released,” said Jim Jung, who’s a member of the Pence-Cents Era Study Group and the editor of its newsletter. Continue reading →
Toronto library serving philatelists’ diverse needs worldwide
Airmail exhibit on at TFPO through first week of 2020
POW survives war to become ‘one of Hong Kong’s premier sportsmen’
Stationery section removed in latest Unitrade catalogue
Are you buying or selling?
Check out the shows in your area
32 definitives, 81 commemoratives issued covering 17 topics
How many is ‘too many’ when it comes to shows?
French Canada’s unofficial poet laureate widely honoured
Turks Islands’ Victoria definitives highlights latest BWI Bu
From around the world
Subscribe to 26 issues for just $54.60/year
Subscribe today to receive Canada's premier coin publication. Canadian Coin News is available in both paper and digital forms.