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Commentary No. 140 - 17 February, 2011

The Quebec Tercentenary Set
1908

In this Commentary, we feature the stamps of the Quebec Tercentenary set, issued to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Champlain in 1608. In his book, The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada, Winthrop S. Boggs described the events leading up to the issuance of the set:

“The month of July, 1908 was the occasion for numerous fetes, historical pageants, etc., having to do with the first permanent settlement of Canada. The Prince and Princess of Wales (later King George V and Queen Mary) made a visit to the celebration, being brought over by one of the most powerful battle ships in the British Navy. The Post Office Department contributed a handsome set of seven stamps in honor of the historic event.”

What prompted us to think of this beautiful group of stamps was a recent article describing its history in the latest edition of The Canadian Philatelist by Richard Weigand, President of the Kingston Stamp Club. In this excellent article, he gives details of the date of issue, quantities printed, the varieties, the imperforates and much more. Our impression is that this set has fewer varieties than many of the other sets.

Here then are some of the finest copies of the stamps we could find that sold at auction. Each stamp set a new record price at the time of its sale. The catalogue values shown for each stamp are the ones that existed at the time.


One-half Cent

96
96i major re-entry


Lot 660
Firby
Feb 20 1999
Catalogue $50
Realized $223

Lot 329
Eastern
Jan 23 2010
Catalogue $180
Realized $95


96a

Lot 5991
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,625

 

One Cent

97
97i hairlines


Lot 842
Maresch
Jun 17 2008
Catalogue $47
Realized $525

Lot 331
Eastern
Jan 23 2010
Catalogue $180
Realized $375


97a

Lot 5995
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,625

 

Two Cents

98
98i hairlines


Lot 5316
Matthew Bennett
Sept 24 2010
Catalogue $82
Realized $566

Lot 333
Eastern
Jan 23 2010
Catalogue $600
Realized $650


98a

Lot 5996
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,625

 

Five Cents

99
99 Jumbo


Lot 546
Eastern
Jun 14 2008
Catalogue $175
Realized $575

Lot 5749
Vance
Jun 23 2010
Catalogue $55
Realized $192


99a

Lot 6001
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,625

 

Seven Cents

100
100a


Lot 1129
Spink
Jan 29 2009
Catalogue $350
Realized $1,464

Lot 6007
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,625

 

Ten Cents

101
101a


Lot 1333
Eastern
Mar 1 2008
Catalogue $375
Realized $1,800

Lot 6014
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1625

 

Fifteen Cents

102
102a


Lot 1133
Spink
Jan 29 2009
Catalogue $500
Realized $1,525

Lot 843
Eastern
Dec 1 2006
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,400

 

Twenty Cents

103
103i


Lot 1136
Spink
Jan 29 2009
Catalogue $625
Realized $1,952

Lot 2491
Spink
Jun 7 2007
Catalogue $500
Realized $575


103a

Lot 6025
Vance
Nov 29 2007
Catalogue $900
Realized $1,850

 

Quebec Tercentenary Set
The Imperforate Pairs


The imperforate pairs exist both with and without gum. According to a discussion we once had with Bill Maresch, the imperforate pairs with gum were made when the stamps first appeared. The colour on them was stronger and they had a mottled dark, unshiny gum. Towards the end of the use of the set, a second set of imperforate sheets was printed. These had the gum of issue and their colour was lighter. It is possible that one of the sheets was stuck down and had to be washed to free it.

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