Nine valuable British North American revenue stamps were stolen between May 6 and May 8 after being expertized by the Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation’s expert committee.
The stamps were stolen while they were on their way back to their owner in the United States – after being mailed from Greene Foundation headquarters in Toronto – when the material was in the custody of FedEx Corporation somewhere in the southeastern United States. The theft was reported to FedEx and the collectible insurance company Hugh Wood Inc., and a case file has been opened.
“We are also working with the owner of the material,” according to a statement issued by the Greene Foundation on May 12.
“No matter how much care the Greene Foundation takes in returning material, once in the hands of a carrier, return shipments are subject to the forces of transportation which unfortunately sometimes result in unforeseen incidents. That is why the Greene Foundation strongly recommends the use of philatelic insurance. Additionally, the Greene Foundation reviews its best practices regularly to ensure improvements in the delivery of its services.”
The stamps are all identified by their individual number in The Canadian Revenue Stamp Catalogue – also known as “the van Dam Catalogue,” owing to its author Erling van Dam – which is the leading authority on Canadian and British North America revenues.
They are BCD1, BCT1, FB53a, FSC10, FSC13, FSC19, FWS2, NFB1 and TNR7.
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