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Queen Victoria - 3 cents 1899 - Canadian stamp

Queen Victoria 1899 - Canadian stamp

Specifications

  • Quantity: 8 539 800
  • Issue date: August 8, 1899
  • Printer: American Bank Note Company, Ottawa
  • Scott: #88

Queen Victoria - 3 cents 1899 prices and values

The value of a Queen Victoria - 3 cents 1899 stamp depends on several factors such as quality and wear, supply and demand, rarity, finish and more. Values in the section are based on the market, trends, auctions and recognized books, publications and catalogs. This section also includes information on errors and varieties and characteristics.

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Queen Victoria - 3 cents 1899 $0.95 $2.00 $4.10 $5.50
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Queen Victoria - 3 cents 1899 $2.20 $9.90 $25
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Queen Victoria - 3 cents 1899 $6.70 $30 $74

Description

Manufactured and surcharged by the American Bank Note Company, Limited, Ottawa. The current 2-cent purple stamp was in heavy demand for domestic postage purposes. It was not of the colour (red) prescribed by the Universal Postal Union regulations for the inland letter rate. As a temporary measure, the existing 3-cent red stamps were surcharged to reduce their face value to two cents. The reduction of the domestic letter rate from three to two cents per ounce, effective 1st January, 1899, found the Post Office Department with large stocks of the 3-cent carmine stamps, originally issued on January 15, and June 21, 1898. In order to utilize them and prevent confusion with the forthcoming 2-cent carmine issue, the Department instructed the manufacturers to overprint the 3-cent stamps with a surcharge in one line reducing the face value to two cents. The surcharge was arranged in a distinctive manner, concave at the top, so as to obliterate effectually the original words and numerals value. Wearing of the electrotypes caused variations in the apparent thickness of the surcharges. Portrait of Queen Victoria. Maple leaves in the four corners of the design.

Creators

Based on a photograph by W. & D. Downey
Portrait engraved by Charles Skinner

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