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New Brunswick

Saturday, September 6, 1851

Canadian Province 3

  New Brunswick #1  

Imperforate, bluish wove paper, no watermark, engraved.
Printed by Perkins, Bacon & Petch (later Perkins, Bacon & Company)

Description # printed # issued Scott #
3 pence dark red
410,080 214,394 1a
3 pence red
6 pence yellow
104,000 54,373 2
1 shilling dull violet
55,040 28,776 4
1 shilling bright red violet

All issue quantities are approximate.

The stamps were withdrawn after New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and the Province of Canada formed the Dominion of Canada on July 1, 1867.

The number of stamps issued are estimated, based on a simple calculation. Remainders with a face value of approximately $12,000 were destroyed in a fire in the customs house in St. John in 1891. Assuming an even distribution according to the printed quantities, we reach the numbers in the # issued column. The weightings are about 72.06% 3 pence, 18.27% 6 pence and 9.67% 1 shilling stamps. The number of stamps destroyed is therefore estimated at about 271,577 or 47.7% of all the stamps printed.

The stamps were printed in sheets of 160 with the paper makes watermark, T. H. Saunders, appearing once at the edge of the sheet. Only the 3 pence stamps can be found showing this watermark.

See article in First Issues April 2008 (V16N2), page 5 and 8.

Please see the overview of Canada page for more on Canada and the colonies that issued stamps.

Image from David Olson.

FI ref: 30 Page credit: JA

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