On today’s date in 1934, Canada’s Post Office Department (now Canada Post) issued a two-cent commemorative stamp marking the 150th anniversary of the founding of New Brunswick.
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 – then called New Ireland – which was partitioned in 1784 from what was then the British colony of Nova Scotia.
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.