Modern stamp paper
High-value National Parks (1979-87)|
Updated Jan 5/02
National Park high-value definitives debuted January 24, 1979 with the release of a $1 Fundy design.
The $1 Fundy is the only value that was released tagged. It was re-issued untagged, as were all of the other values.
The British American Bank Note Company took over the printing of these National Parks from the Canadian Bank Note Company - three designs were affected. Fortunately for the stamp collector, the two different printings can be differentiated: the inscriptions are more pronounced on the BABN printings, compared with the CBN printings.
Three different papers were used on these stamps: Abitibi, Clark, and Harrison. On single copies, it is not possible to separate the Abitibi and Clark papers - inscription blocks are required. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.
Missing inscriptions is a popular error on the high-value National Parks. All but the $5 Point Pelee design exist wit this error: $1 Fundy (not tagged), $1 Glacier (CBN, pl 1), $1.50 Waterton Lakes, $2 Kluane (CBN, pl 1), $2 Banff (CBN), $5 La Mauricie (CBN).
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