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Commentary No. 184 - 17 November, 2014

Canadian Classics - Early Winners

Did you ever wonder which of the many early Canadian mint stamps have increased the most in value? We did as well and so to find out, we had a look at the prices in Scotts, comparing the prices in the 2015 catalogue against those 10 years earlier in the 2005 version. The results were most interesting and, in some cases, they surprised us. Here they are:

10 Year Price Changes

Scott 1
Scott 2
2015 - $35,000
2015 - $40,000
2005 - $13,500
2005 - $13,500

 

Scott 3
Scott 5
2015 - $175,000
2015 - $30,000
2005 - $80,000
2005 - $9,000

 

Scott 10
2015 - $32,500
2005 - $13,500

 

Scott 12
Scott 13
2015 - $17,500
2015 - $22,500
2005 - $3,500
2005 - $8,000

 

Scott 16
2015 - $22,500
2005 - $8,000

The winner is clearly Scott 12 which increased 400%.

 

Results for All Classic Stamps

For the record, here are the Scott values for mint copies of all stamps of the Classic period.

Scott
2005
2015
1
13,500
35,000
2
13,500
40,000
3
80,000
175,000
4
1,250
1,500
5
9,000
30,000
7
5,750
11,000
8
650
1,100
9
6,500
10,000
10
13,500
32,500
11
2,200
3,500
12
3,500
17,500
13
8,000
22,500
14
275
425
15
350
525
16
8,000
22,500
17
750
2,000
18
750
875
19
800
1,250
20
425
8,000

 

Comments

It is clear that not all the early stamps received large increases during this 10 year period. But, compared to the stamps in later sets, the price changes for most of the early ones are stellar. A quick look at the prices for the Large Queens, Small Queens and Jubilees reflect large increases, but not nearly as great as for the early classics. Few of us have the means to acquire these early mint stamps, but for those serious collectors of early Canadian stamps who do, these statistics must prove very encouraging.

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