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British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 - 7 cents 1971 - Canadian stamp

British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 1971 - Canadian stamp


  • Quantity: 30 000 000
  • Issue date: July 20, 1971
  • Printer: Canadian Bank Note Company, Limited
  • Perforation: 12
  • Scott: #552

British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 - 7 cents 1971 prices and values

The value of a British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 - 7 cents 1971 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.


British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 - 7 cents 1971 $0.03 $0.06 $0.09 $0.68
British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 - 7 cents 1971 $0.03 $0.06 $0.09
British Columbia, Confederation, 1871 - 7 cents 1971 $0.06 $0.11 $0.17


On July 20, 1871, the 4 years old Canadian Confederation was extended from the Atlantic to the Pacific by the entry of British Columbia as the 6th province. With an area of 366,255 square miles, more than one third of which is forested, British Columbia ranks 3rd in size among the provinces. Shores washed by Pacific waters warmed by the Japan current, a back-drop of the towering Rockies and almost 7,000 square miles of inland waters contribute to an environment of beauty in which the people of the province have made giant strides. The land destined to become British Columbia is thought to have been sighted by Sir Francis Drake during the period of his circumnavigation of the world in the years 1577-1580.

Nearly 2 centuries passed before Juan Perez, a Spaniard, explored the coastal waters during a voyage which took him as far north as the Queen Charlotte Islands. In 1775 Quadra followed Perez but historians doubt that either landed on what is now Canada's Pacific province. Ownership of the coast was in dispute for years after Captain Cook's voyage of discovery in 1778 when he traded with the native Indians. Captain George Vancouver, in whose honour Canada's one of the largest city is named, surveyed the coastal waters in the years 1792-1794. It was during this period that Alexander Mackenzie completed his epic overland crossing from eastern Canada to the Pacific Ocean. Vancouver Island, site of the present Provincial Seat of Government in the city of Victoria, became a British colony in 1849. Formally assuming office as Governor and Commander-in-Chief in and over the Island of Vancouver and its dependencies on March 11, 1850, Richard Blanshard became the first Governor of the first Crown Colony to be established in British territory west of the Great Lakes.

The year 1858, a period in which the discovery of gold caused an influx of fortune seekers, saw mainland territory established as the Colony of British Columbia. James Douglas, sworn in at Fort Langley as the first Governor, issued a proclamation on February 14, 1859 naming New Westminster as capital of the Colony of British Columbia. New Caledonia was the name by which the mainland territory had been known. Choosing the name "British Columbia" reflected a wish to avoid a possible confusion with the island already bearing the name New Caledonia. It was in 1806 that Simon Fraser, for whom one of British Columbia's mighty river is named, chose to call part of the area New Caledonia, although his knowledge of Scotland was restricted to what he had learned from his mother.

A final step in the evolution of British Columbia, with boundaries as they now exist, occurred in November 19, 1866. On that date a proclamation united the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island. Victoria emerged as capital on May 25, 1868. E. R. C. Berthune, a native of Kamloops, British Columbia, creator of the B.C. stamp, sought to convey a now - 1971 celebration with inspiration from memories of boyhood days and parades in which bicycles were decorated by strips of coloured paper. His work represents an abstraction of British Columbia joining the new nation of Canada.


Designed by Edward R.C. Bethune


The values on this page are in Canadian dollars (CAD).

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