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Edward VII Stamps

King Edward VII Stamps of Canada

King Edward VII ascended to the throne Jan. 22,1901 and reined until May 6,1910. He died at the age of 68. The Postmaster General of Canada, Sir William Mudock, attended King Edward 's coronation on Aug.9, 1902. After the coronation, he met with King Edward and the Prince of Wales to discuss the design of what have become old classic stamps of early Canada. The Prince of Wales ( the future King George V ) was at the time the President of the Royal Philatelic Society. The Prince of Wales and J.A.Tilleard designed the stamp. The design was similar to the last two definitive stamp sets of Queen Victoria. There were only a few changes in the stamp design. The king is not wearing a crown and the two maple leaves in the top corners were replaced by two Tudor crowns. This was the first time a Tudor crown had been used on a Canadian stamp. The maple leaves were retained as ornaments above and beside the numeral boxes in the lower corners. William E. Downey had taken King Edward's picture just prior to his coronation. This image was used in the design of the stamp. The vignette was engraved by Charles Skinner. The stamps were printed by the American Bank Note Company, Ottawa. The 1,2, 5, 7 and 10 cent stamps were issued on July 1, 1903 (Dominion Day). There was no need to produce a 1/2 cent stamp in the Edward issue, as there were so many 1/2 cent Queen Victoria stamps still in stock. This supply lasted over six years into the reign of King Edward. Also, the Quebec Tercentenary issue that was available in 1908 had a 1/2 cent stamp in the set. As well, the 20 cent and 50 cent Queen Victoria stamps were still plentiful and available at the post office. Therefore, it was decided to use up these stocks first. A 20 cent was not issued until 1904 and the 50 cent in 1908. The King Edward 5, 7, 10, and 20 cent stamps were last printed between Dec. 1911 and Jan. 1912. They were needed because the Admiral issue with equivalent values would not be in the post office until late January 1912. All were the same shades as the earlier printings, except for the 7 cent which now was a straw shade. The Canadian Post Office ordered fifty stamp vending machines in 1910 to test the King Edward experimental coil stamps. However, the machines were not consistent in dispensing stamps when coins were inserted into the machines. Any stamp collector of this issue can collect stamps that have Perfins, Pre-cancels, Re-entries and stamps that have been printed with a cracked plate. All are collectable, with some being rare and hard to find.