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Centennial Definitives, 1967-73 Part 1: 1c to 5c

Last Updated November 27, 2010

This particular set inherited it's name due to having been released in 1967, Canada's centennial year. It has especially fascinated collectors because of the large number of printing varieties during it's five years of postal service. The original set was released on February 2, and consisted of 12 values. The five low values depict scenes of the different regions of Canada, each printed in a single colour by the steel engraving method.


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Description Perforation Paper Tag Printer Format Issued Unitrade
1c Northern Lights (Brown)
a) Dex Gum
(Plate 1,2,3,4)
12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100,B5(5) 67-02-08 454
b) Dex Gum,
Precancelled
12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 67 454xx
c) Dex Gum, Hibrite 12.0 x 12.0(L) HB None CBN S100 71-06 454ii
d) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-2 CBN S100 67-02-08 454p
e) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-1C CBN S100 68-12 454pi
f) Dex Gum, Tagged,
Hibrite
12.0 x 12.0(L) HB WT-1C CBN S100 71-09 454pii
g) PVA Gum, (Plate 5) 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL None CBN S100 71-11 454iii
h) PVA Gum, precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL None CBN S100 71 454xxi
I) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL WT-1C CBN S100 72-01 454piv
j) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL GT-2 CBN S100 71-11 454piii
k) Dex Gum 10.0 x 10.0(C) CR None BAB B5(1),B5(5) 68-09 454d
l) Dex Gum, Hibrite 10.0 x 10.0(C) HB None BAB B5(1) 69 454dii
m) Dex Gum 12.5 x 12.0(C) CR None BAB B20(4) 71-06-30 454e
n) PVA Gum, Brown 12.5 x 12.0(C) PL None BAB B5(1),B6(3),
B10(4),B18(6)
71-06-30 454eiv
o) PVA Gum 12.5 x 12.0(C) PL(R) None BAB B5(1),B10(4) 71 454ei
p) PVA Gum, Hibrite 12.5 x 12.0(C) HB-PVA None BAB B6(3) 71-12-30 454eviii
q) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.5 x 12.0(C) PL GT-2 BAB B6(3),B10(4),
B18(6)
71-12-30 454ep
r) PVA Gum, Ribbed, Tagged 12.5 x 12.0(C) PL(R) GT-2 BAB B10(4) 71 454epvii
s) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.5 x 12.0(C) HB-PVA GT-2 BAB B6(3) 71-12-30 N/L
2c Totem Poles (Green)
a) Dex Gum,
(Plate 1,2)
12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 67-02-08 455
b) Dex Gum, Precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 67 455xx
c) Dex Gum,  Hibrite 12.0 x 12.0(L) HB None CBN B8(4) 70-10-26 455x
d) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-2 CBN S100 67-02-08 455p
e) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-1C CBN S100 68-12 455pi
f) PVA Gum,
(Plate 1,2)
12.0 x 12.0(L) PL None CBN S100 72-03 455ii
g) PVA Gum, Ribbed 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL(R) None CBN S100 72-03 455i
h) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL WT-1C CBN S100 72-03 455pii
i) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL GT-2 CBN S100 72-12 455piii
3c Prairies (Purple)
a) Dex Gum,
(Plate 1,2)
12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 67-02-08 456
b) Dex Gum, Precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 68 456xx
c) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT2 CBN S100 69-02-08 456p
d) Dex Gum,  Hibrite 12.0 x 12.0(L) HB None CBN B8(4) 70-10-26 456x
e) PVA Gum, Tagged &
Precancelled
12.0 x 12.0(L) PL GT-2 CBN S100 72 456pxx
f) Dex Gum 12.5 x 12.0(C) CR None BAB B20(1) 71-06-30 456a
g) PVA Gum, Ribbed 12.5 x 12.0(C) PL(R) None BAB B5(1) 71-06-30 456aii
h) Dex Gum, Coil 9.5 x Imperf CR None CBN R500 67-02-08 466
i) Dex Gum, Coil,
Precancelled
9.5 x Imperf CR None CBN R500 67-02-08 466xx
4c Seaway (Red)
a) Dex Gum
(Plate 1,2)
12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100,S25,B5 67-02-08 457
b) Dex Gum, Precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 67 457
c) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-1L CBN S100 67-02-08 457p
d) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-1R CBN S100 67-02-08 457pv
e) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-1C CBN S100 69-03 457pi
f) PVA Gum, (Plate 3) 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL None CBN S100 72-05 457iv
g) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL WT-1C CBN S100 72-05 457pii
h) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL GT-2 CBN S100 73-04 457piv
i) Dex Gum 10.0 x 10.0(C) CR None BAB B10(5),B25 68-09 457d
j) Dex Gum, Coil 9.5 x Imperf CR None CBN R500 67-02-08 467
5c Fishing Village (Blue)
a) Dex Gum,
(Plate 1,2,3,4,5)
12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100,S20,B5 67-02-08 458
b) Dex Gum, Precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR None CBN S100 67 458xx
c) Dex Gum, Hibrite 12.0 x 12.0(L) HB None CBN S100 71-12 458iii
d) Dex Gum, Hibrite Precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) HB None CBN S100 71 458xxi
e) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-2 CBN S100,S20 67-02-08 458p
f) Dex Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) CR WT-1C CBN S100 68-12 458pi
g) Dex Gum, Tagged,
Hibrite
12.0 x 12.0(L) HB WT-1C CBN S100 71-12 458pii
h) PVA Gum(Plate 6) 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL None CBN S100 71-12 458piii
i) PVA Gum, Precancelled 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL None CBN S100 71 458xxi
j) PVA Gum, Tagged 12.0 x 12.0(L) PL WT-1C CBN S100 72-04 458piii
k) Blue 10.0 x 10.0(C) CR None BAB B20 68-09 457d
l) Dex Gum, Coil 9.5 x Imperf CR None CBN R500 67-02-08 468
m) Dex Gum, Coil,
Precancelled
9.5 x Imperf CR None CBN R500 67-02-08 468xx

Notes and Identification Characteristics. See Abbreviations for Tagging, Paper, Printer and Format types.
  1. In addition to the perforation differences, the CBN and BAB printings were produced from different plates and have other minor varying features.
  2. The three basic papers used are:
    1. CR: Cream paper, Creamish white colour to the naked eye
    2. PL: Plain paper, white to the naked eye
    3. HB: Hibrite, bright white to the naked eye
  3. Stamps without plate numbers in the description column are from sheets with blank corners or from booklet panes.
  4. This checklist is under construction. Input is most welcome.
Link to Centennials (1967-73), Robin Harris, Adminware Corp.

Centennials Part 2

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