Saturday, February 12, 2011

Canada’s newest stamp is the BIGGEST in every sense of the word

Like the wildlife definitive that preceded it, the Blue Whale stamp was produced using a combination of two printing techniques: intaglio (for the whale in the foreground) and offset lithography (for the colours in the background).
The intaglio process (which was used to produce Canada’s first postage stamp) was recently reinvented using a new, state-of-the-art laser engraving technology. The image of the whale features the work of master engraver Jorge Peral.
However, of even more philatelic significance is the fact that Canada’s newest stamp is VERY big in every sense of the word at $10, it bears the highest face value ever on any Canada postage stamp. Due to its high $10 face value, several security features have been incorporated on the stamp by the security printers 
At 128 by 49 millimetres (about five by two inches) it is the largest stamp ever issued by Canada Post.
Issued only this past week, the stamp depicts a blue whale which can literally reaching more than 30 metres in length and weigh up to 180 metric tonnes so is the largest animal known to have existed, outclassing even the dinosaurs.
So the stamp is the biggest face value, biggest size and features the biggest animals. Surely a new world record for Philately isn’t it?
The previous highest face value for a Canada stamp was issued in 1997 and featured an $8 stamp.
Canada's newest stamp is the BIGGEST in every sense of the word, 4.8 out of 5 based on 6 ratings published October 15th, 2010.


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