Brian Grant-Duff from All Nations Stamp and Coin in Vancouver is speaking about a map and landclaim letter dating back to 1884 from pioneer settler Sam Greer. The item is up for auction on Sat July 1st, 2017.
The Sam Greer 1884 handdrawn map and landclaim letter to what became Vancouver's Kitsilano Beach is one of the highlights of the Gerald Wellburn historic Vancouver collection. Lot 117.
Many of the lots are from the estate of UBC Professor Peter Murtha who specialized in Canada and B.N.A. stamps, with a particular focus on historic aviation stamps, postcards, and postal history.
The Hudson's Bay Company scrip include an original find from the Hodgkinson estate...
Canada’s first stamp featured a beaver
That first stamp was issued in 1851, when Canada was still a British colony.
“It was designed by Sanford Fleming, the transcontinental railway engineer (for the Canadian Pacific Railway) and inventor of standard time,” notes Grant Duff, who has estimated the stamp will sell for $400.
“It was the first stamp in the world to depict an animal. Of course with Canada, it’s the beaver.”
The most collectible Canadian stamp was also issued in 1851. Known as the “12 Penny Black,” it features a portrait of a young Queen Victoria. Grant Duff has a “specimen overprint” for sale that carries an estimate of $1,000.
“It’s a proof made for the printer’s archives,” he explains.
“It’s nicer looking than a genuine stamp. There’s only about 100 (known) of the issued stamp, so the odds of getting one are not great. Generally speaking, they’re worth at least $15,000 — we sold a rough condition one earlier this year for $13,000.”