OTD: Nova Scotia issues first stamps

On today’s date in 1851, Nova Scotia – then a colony of British North America – issued its first postage stamps (Scott #2-4, 7).

Nova Scotia also issued this six-pence stamp (SC #7) in 1851.

Nova Scotia also issued a six-pence stamp in 1851.

Nova Scotia’s postal system was under the control of London’s general post office from 1754 until 1851, at which time the colony became responsible for its own mail. This would last until 1867, when Nova Scotia joined the newly formed Dominion of Canada.

Three denominations of the first issue were printed in a diamond shape. They were prepared on unperforated sheets and later cut by postmasters at the post office.

A 12-pence stamp was issued by Nova Scotia in 1851.

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