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Queen Elizabeth II (1987-2001)
Updated Jan 5/02
Paper Tips (2k)  Background

 see also, Study Tips #2 article

 BRC QE II checklist


A 37c Queen Elizabeth II first-class rate definitive, issued at the end of 1987, was the start of a new series of definitives portraying the Queen that is still "going strong".

Some 8 different designs have been used to date. However, with different printers, papers, perforations, booklets, etc., some 20 different distinguishable varieties exist! Two of the values were only released in sheet form (37c and 46c); all of the rest of the values were issued in both sheet and booklet form.

Four different paper manufacturers have supplied paper: Harrison, Peterborough, Slater, and Coated Paper. Click here for a discussion of identifying modern-day Canadian postage stamp paper.

Virtually all of the varieties were available in large quantities and used extensively over the years. One variety was not announced by the post office and has proved to be a bit more scarce (39c, perf 13.1 x 12 3/4).

The sheet stamps were issued in panes of 100 except for one value: the 46c was issued in panes of 120 (the 47c value reverted back to panes of 100 despite the smaller size like the 46c value). All of the booklets were issued in panes of 10. Top


[ This is a "wide" table, by necessity - too many varieties! ]

  Sheet   Booklet
  13 1/3x13 13.1x12 3/4 13.1x13.6 13.1x13.6 13 1/3x13 13.1x13.6 13 1/3x13   13.1x13.6
Value Harrison Peterborough Harrison Coated Peterborough Coated   Slater Coated Harrison Peterborough
37c blue Dec 30/87                            
38c red   Dec 29/88                   Dec 29/88
Jan 18/89
Mar 17/89
39c green-black   Apr 90 Jan 12/90                 Jan 12/90      
40c red-brown       Dec 28/90 May 24/91             Dec 28/90      
42c purple           Dec 27/91             Dec 27/91    
43c grey-black               Dec 30/92         Dec 30/92
Mar 27/95
Jan 7/94
Dec 23/94
Dec 23/94
45c turquoise           Oct 6/95     Jul 31/95       Oct 6/95   Jul 31/95
46c red             Dec 28/98                
47c blue                   Dec 28/00          

The date shown is the date of issue of that specific variety. A "blank" means the item does not exist. Teal shaded entries were not announced by Canada Post. Top

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