Most valuable Canadian stamps

that may still be on one of your family letters

From definitive stamps, commemorative stamps, and covers, Canada’s postal service presents an interesting multitude of philatelic items. Canadian stamps are among the most popularly collected stamps anywhere in the world. As up until World War II Canadian stamps were all engraved, many of those items are considered to be very exquisite and beatiful in the philatelic circle. Canadian stamp collecting has been favored by philatelists throughout the years and its history not only defines North American philately, it also traces its roots to France and Great Britain. The philatelic experts constantly strive to describe and list down the rarest and the most expensive Canadian stamps. So, let`s try to fulfill this challenging task!


  • 12d black Canada, 1851 rare stamp

    12d black Canada, 1851


    1851 12d black Canada stamp is one of the rarest examples of Canada`s first classic stamps. The item shows the portrait of the young Queen Victoria. A total of 51,000 were printed and shipped to the Canadian postal authorities on May 1. The price for these unique stamps was very high therefore just 1,450 of the stamps were sold in the three and a half years they were offered. Nowadays the mint examples with the intact gum are considered to be the most valuable, as only a limited number of people could afford to make the purchase and not use it to send mail. One of the finest examples of 1851 12d black Canada stamps was sold for $225,000 by Canadian auction house on February 23, 2013.

  • 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper rare stamp

    2¢ Large Queen on laid paper


    The 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper is the most desired philatelic items of Canada. The stamp was created in 1868, but it was not discovered until 1925, and so far only three have been found, all used. The other examples of these philatelic items were destroyed or remained undiscovered and maybe lie unrecognized in stamp collections or on cover. The third-known two-cent green large queen on laid paper was sold for $215,000 at a sale by Eastern Auctions on Oct. 18, 2014. According to Eastern Auctions this particular stamp has “deep rich colour, a highly detailed impression and full intact perforations”.

  • 3d Vermillion stamp, 1851

    3d Vermillion stamp, 1851


    An 1851 3d Vermillion imperforate stamp is one of the most interesting Canadian rarities. 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 6d and 12d issues feature portraits of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria. The stamp fetched $120,000 at Eastern Auctions' sale of the Montclair Collection on May 29, 2014.

  • London to London Flight stamp, 1927

    London to London Flight stamp, 1927


    The 1927 London to London Flight stamp is a 25-cent stamp printed in green and yellow. Only 100 copies of the stamp were printed and the major part of them was destroyed when being transported by a plane that crashed into the Atlantic Ocean sometime in August of 1927. Nowadays 13 unused singles are known to exist. The rarity of these stamps is manifested in their value with the mint stamps amounting to about $50,000 to $100,000 per piece. Its Unitrade Catalogue Value is $100,000.

  • 60¢ Air Mail overprint, 1927 stamp

    60¢ Air Mail overprint, 1927


    1927 60 cent Air Mail stamp is among the rarest Canadian and air post stamps and one of the most desirable philatelic items. Only 300 stamps were printed and today 33 mint examples are known to exist. The overprint means that the stamps were to be used on letters to be flown by Francesco de Pinedo, the famed Italian aviator. He is reported to have carried 225 letters, of which about 60 were franked with the 1927 60 cent Air Mail stamps with Holbein's portrait of King Henry VII overprinted in red. One of these unique stamps was sold for $45,000 at Spink New York on January 30, 2014.

  • 1-shilling scarlet vermilion, 1857

    1-shilling scarlet vermilion, 1857


    1857 1-shilling scarlet vermilion is a key stamp of 19th-century Newfoundland and a remarkable example of this tremendously difficult classic stamp, possessing true rich colour. It was one of the first issues of Newfoundland released on January 1, 1857. The first postage stamps of the region portrayed a rose, thistle and shamrock. 1857 1-shilling scarlet vermilion stamp that was part of Drs Joanne and Edward Dauer Collection fetched $45,000 Spink's New York auction on January 30, 2014.

  • HRH Prince Albert 6d, 1855 stamp

    HRH Prince Albert 6d, 1855


    Issued in March, 1855 HRH Prince Albert 6 penny is an imperforate stamp that shows the portrait of (HRH) His Royal Highness Prince Albert. This stamp was printed on wove paper. Approximately 250,000 stamps were ordered. They were printed in shades of slate grey, brownish grey, and greenish grey. The 6d was a portrait of Prince Albert from a drawing by William Drummond Esq. The reddish-purple HRH Prince Albert 6 penny printed on soft woven paper and in exceptional condition fetched $42,500 at Spink New York on January 30, 2014.

  • $1 Dornier DO-X Flight inverted surcharge stamp

    $1 Dornier DO-X Flight inverted surcharge stamp


    $1 Dornier DO-X Flight inverted surcharge is one of the major Canadian rarities. Approximately 8000 stamps (50 of which display the inverted surcharge) were printed. These items were created for mail that was transported aboard the Dornier DO-X flying boat on its return flight from Canada to Germany. There are thought to be between 20 and 40 surviving specimens of this rare error, with one of the finest examples sold for $30,000 at Kelleher Auctions on March, 2014.

  • 30¢ Christmas fold-over, 1982 stamp

    30¢ Christmas fold-over, 1982


    1982 30-cent Christmas fold-over is very interesting pane of Holy Family Christmas stamps issued in 1982. The pane contains a foldover at the upper left, and that foldover created the unique errors. While the stamp was in between printing of different colors, the paper was folded thereby causing the error. These mistakes are now listed in the Scott and Unitrade catalogs as “Red omitted” (Scott 973a) and “Printed on gummed side” (Scott 973b). Despite the mistake, the stamp pane is estimated to have a value of $30,000 and it resides in a major collection in the United States.

  • St. Lawrence Seaway Invert stamp, 1959

    St. Lawrence Seaway Invert stamp, 1959


    The St. Lawrence Seaway Invert is one of the best known errors in the history of Canadian stamps. It features the St. Lawrence Seaway with an inverted center. This is the first significant error of its kind in the Canadian postal history and it contributes to the value of the stamp. St. Lawrence Seaway Inverts were issued to celebrate the opening of the St Lawrence Seaway in 1959, which enables large ships to navigate from the Atlantic to the Great Lakes. It is considered that approximately 200 copies of these interesting stamps exist today. Also known as Inverted Seaway of 1959, the stamp made $13,500 at Vance Auctions in Ontario, Canada on October 15, 2015. However, it is widely considered that some mint examples can achieve up to $16,000.