Most valuable and expensive canadian stamps
By Stampsandcanada | Wednesday, September 5, 2018
224 250 $
Queen Victoria - 12 pence 1851 (12d) - Scott #3
Back in 1851, the price for these stamps was very high therefore just 1,450 of them were sold of the 51,000 that were printed. The remaining 49,550 copies of the stamp that were unsold were taken off the market and destroyed in 1857. This stamp was produced on laid paper without perforations.
A mint one with gum was sold for $224,250 at Eastern Auctions sale in Halifax on February 23, 2013. A similar one was sold for $218,500 at Cherrystone on January 2008.
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215 000 $
Queen Victoria - 2 cents 1868 - Printed on laid paper - Scott #32
All used, only 3 are known to exist. The 3rd copy of this stamp was found by philatelist Brian Grant Duff in 2013 and certified by Vincent Graves Greene Philatelic Research Foundation. This stamps was first discovered in 1925. If this stamp is ever found in mint condition with original gum, it could worth up to $1,000,000. This portrait is based on an engraving by Charles Henry Jeens and engraved by Alfred Jones and Henry Earle Sr.
One of them with intact perforation was sold for $215,000 at Eastern Auctions sale on October 18, 2014. One was also sold in November 1997 for just over $200,000.
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125 000 $
London to London Flight - 25 cents 1927
Only 100 of this samp were printed and most of them were destroyed when being transported by a plane, flown by Capt. Terence Tulley and Lt. James Medcalf, that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean in August 1927. 13 singles are known to exist (worth around $100,000 in mint with gum condition) and 1 cover.
Early 2000, this unique cover sold for $125,000.
120 000 $
Beaver - 3 pence 1851 (3d) - Scott #1
1st stamp issued in Canada. The beaver building a dam was symbolic of the people of Canada building their towns, cities, and communities. The 2nd purpose of choosing the beaver centred in the original meaning of the beaver skin; it represented a medium of exchange in trade.
On May 29, 2014, at Eastern Auctions sale of the Montclair Collection, a mint one with gum sold for $120,000.
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45 000 $
Air mail - 60 cents 1927 - Newfoundland overprint - Scott #C4
Only 300 copies were produced and there are 33 that are known to exist in mint condition. The overprint denotes that the stamps were intended for letters to be flown by Francesco de Pinedo, a famed Italian aviator.
On January 30, 2014, at Spink New Nork, a mint from Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of British North America one sold for $45,000.
45 000 $
Heraldic - 1 shilling 1857 - St. John's Newfoundland - Scarlet vermilion - Scott #9
Released on January 1, 1857, this stamp was one of the first issues of Newfoundland with a design of a rose, thistle and shamrock.
From Drs. Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection of British North America, at the same auction of the previous stamp listed here (January 30, 2014, Spink New Nork) a mint one sold for $45,000.
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42 500 $
Prince Albert - 6 pence 1851 (6d) - Scott #2
Rawdon, Wright, Hatch and Edison, the New York security printers, received the contract to print more than 100,000 of these Canadian postage stamps that were issued on May 12, 1851.
On January 30, 2014, at Spink New Nork, a mint one sold for $42,500.
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30 000 $
Dornier DO-X Flight - 1 dollar 1932 - Inverted Surcharge
Of the 8,000 printed, only 50 of this stamp display the inverted surcharge with approximately 30 surviving ones. They were produced for mail transported aboard the Dornier DO-X flying boat which travelled from Germany to Canada.
On March, 2014, at Kelleher Auctions, a mint one sold for $30,000.
13 500 $
St. Lawrence Seaway - 5 cents 1959 - Inverted Center - Scott #387
Because of the nature of the error on this stamp, it is one of the most known stamp in the history of Canada.
On October 15, 2015, Vance Auctions in Ontario, a mint one sold for $13,500. Most recently, on Ebay, a certified (Vincent Graves Freene Philatelic Research Foundation G 24950) considered mint, original gum, never hinged copy was sold for $9,160.79 on July 18, 2018.
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Other valuable canadian stamps
- ~250 000 $: Queen Victoria - 2 cents 1868 - Large queen - Watermarked mint block
- ~225,000 $: 1988 8 cents Registration sheet of 50 stamps (only 1 known)
- ~50,000 $: Prince Albert - 6 pence 1855 - Sott #5
- 42,500 $: Prince Albert - 6 pence 1855 - Sott #10
- ~40,000 $: Prince Albert - 6 pence 1855 - Sott #13
- 30,000 $: 1982 30 cents CHristmas fold-over pane
- 30,000 $: Prince Albert - 10 cents 1859 - Sott #16
- ~15,000 $: Jacques Cartier - 10 pence 1855 - Sott #7
- ~13,000 $: Queen Victoria - 6 pence 1857 - Sott #9