Canada 1851 Beaver 3p red on laid paper stamp auctioned by Siegel! A rare philatelic rarity fetched $23,000

April 14th, 2018 is delighted to share the latest auction news with our readers. This piece of info concerns the sale of one of the greatest Canadian philatelic rarities - 1851 Beaver 3p red on laid paper. This one of the most interesting Canadian stamps was sold for $23,000 by Robert A Siegel on March 13, 2018. 

It the first stamp that was issued in Canada. Designed by Sir Sandford Fleming, the item features a beaver in an oval frame. It was also the first stamp to picture an animal and not a monarch. The stamp was printed by the New York firm of Rawdon, Wright, Hatch & Edson, the same firm that printed the New York Postmaster's Provisional and United States 5c and 10c 1847 Issue. The 3p design was executed by Sandford Fleming and engraved by Alfred Jones. It is considered that there are no more than 20 unused examples of these unique stamps exist today. 

The example that was sold by Siegel is the rare exception having both large margins and in completely sound condition. This is one of the finest unused examples of the 1851 3-pence Beaver on laid paper in existence. The first specimen was offered by Siegel as a part of “Calgary” collection fifteen years ago.