Postage Stamp Design: Definitives

Queen Elizabeth II 2016 definitive postage stamp

2016 Queen Elizabeth II

Having succeeded her great-grandmother Queen Victoria in 2015 as the longest-reigning monarch in Great Britain and the Commonwealth, this striking portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was taken by UK fashion photographer David Bailey to honour her 88th birthday.

High Value Definitives

1 dollar Canadian stamp with loon

$1 Loon
The common loon is the second largest species of loon in Canada and is characterized by its large size and sharply pointed bill unlike that ducks, geese or swans. The Loon definitive is part of the wonderful wildlife issues that combine both modern and traditional printing techniques - intaglio for the animal portraits and offset lithography for the background colours. The halftone dot of the litho portion is made from a small icon image of a loon egg, providing one of several hidden security features.
Based on an illustration by Robert-Ralph Carmichael. Engraved by Jorge Peral.

2 dollar Canadian stamp with polar bear

$2 Polar Bear
The Loon and the Polar Bear definitives are wonderful wildlife issues that combine both modern and traditional printing techniques - intaglio for the animal portraits and offset lithography for the background colours. The halftone dot of the litho portion is made from a small icon image of each animal, providing one of several hidden security features. 
Engraved by Martin Mörck.  Based on an illustration by Brent Townsend. Issued 1998.

5-dollar Canadian stamp with moose

$5 Moose
The majestic moose graces one of the largest stamps ever produced by Canada Post. Hidden security features include a halftone patterned sky made from hoof-shaped dots, microtype and a UV image of a Mi'kmaq petroglyph drawn centuries ago on the rocks at Kejimkujik National park. Coordinating the work of several artists, Steven Slipp's design features an engraving by Jorge Peral based on an original drawing by Nova Scotian artist David Preston-Smith. Issued in 2003.

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