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Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 - Canadian stamp

Queen Victoria 1851 - Canadian stamp


  • Quantity: 51 000
  • Issue date: June 14, 1851
  • Printer: Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson
  • Paper: Laid paper
  • Scott: #3

Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 prices and values

The value of a Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 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.


Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 $13,100 $42,000 $94,500 $150,000
Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 $19,500 $58,500 $125,000
Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 $39,000 $117,000 $250,000


The first postage stamp issue of the Province of Canada featured the beaver on the 3-pence, H.R.H. Albert, husband of the queen, on the 6-pence denomination, and Queen Victoria on the 12-pence. These stamps were produced on laid paper without perforations. Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edison, the New York security printers, received the contract to print Canadian postage stamps, producing all the requirements until 1st May, 1858. On that day the company name changed, following amalgamation, to the American Bank Note Company with headquarters remaining in New York City. The new firm continued the former printing contract until Canadian Confederation in 1867.

This portrait of Queen Victoria was reproduced from a contemporary engraving of a full-length painting by Alfred Edward Chalon. Although this work of art portrays the young Queen in her robes of state, merely the head appears in various British colonial postage stamp designs. On the occasion of Queen Victoria's first visit to the House of Lords, she commissioned Mr. Chalon to paint this portrait as a gift to her mother, the Duchess of Kent. The memorable event was the prorogation of Parliament on July 17, 1837, the year of the Queen's accession to the throne.


Based on a painting by Alfred Edward Chalon
Portrait engraved by Alfred Jones

Original art

Alfred Edward Chalon, "Queen Victoria", 1837

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