Friday, April 3, 2009

Quebec City - 400th Anniversary

Date of Issue: May 16, 2008

This is a Joint issue between France and Canada to commemorate 400 years of founding of Quebec City in Canada, an earlier French settlement.

The stamp depicts an extraordinarily detailed scene: Champlain on his ship greets natives approaching in a canoe, while construction of the new settlement proceeds in the background.

This stamp is printed entirely using intaglio process except the date '1608'.

Technical Details:
Design: Fugazi
Dimensions: 39.7 mm x 40 mm (vertical)
Gum Type: P.V.A.
Illustration: Francis Back
Paper Type: Tullis Russell
Perforations: 13+
Printer: Canadian Bank Note
Tagging: General, 4 sides
Quantity: 2,500,000
Engraving: Jorge Peral

Engraving this stamp took nine weeks of work, spread over five months.

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