Machin portrait graces Canadian design


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10 February 2022
Canada Post has unveiled a stamp to commemorate the platinum jubilee of the Queen, featuring the famous Machin design which has appeared on Britain’s definitive stamps since 1967.

Since 1935, when then-Princess Elizabeth adorned a stamp for the silver jubilee of her grandfather, King George V, Canada Post has featured Queen Elizabeth II on more than seventy Canadian stamps.

However, this new design marks the first time Royal Mail’s profile of The Queen, sculpted by Arnold Machin, has appeared on a Canadian stamp. First appearing on a definitive stamp issued in 1967, the classic ‘Machin’ profile has been used by the Royal Mail ever since.

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The Platinum Jubilee stamp issue also features a Canadian emblem, created by the Canadian Heraldic Authority, to celebrate this significant anniversary.

Doug Ettinger, President and CEO of Canada Post, said:

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‘Our iconic national stamp program has a long-standing tradition of commemorating The Queen’s reign and her connection to Canada. We are proud to continue that tradition by celebrating this historic 70-year anniversary with a new stamp, and the first of our stamps to feature the Royal Mail’s classic ‘Machin’ profile.’

The Platinum Jubilee stamp was designed by Paprika and printed by Colour Innovations. The issue includes a booklet of ten self-adhesive stamps; a pane of sixteen stamps, printed on water-activated gummed (WAG) paper; four collectible corner blocks, and an Official First Day Cover, cancelled in Ottawa, Ont.

The cancel is the commemorative emblem created for the platinum jubilee by the Canadian Heraldic Authority.

Issue date: 7 February 2022,

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