World Stamps

Jay Bigalke

New Canada $4 bighorn sheep stamp

July 20, 2018 10:30 AM

  • Canada Post will issue an engraved $4 Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep stamp Oct. 10. Shown here is a photograph of an actual stamp before perforating. Photo by Jay Bigalke.

By Jay Bigalke

Canada Post has unveiled its latest entry in the long-running high-denomination Wildlife stamp series that started in 1997.

The new $4 Rocky Mountain Bighorn Sheep stamp will be issued Oct. 10 in a pane of four.

The stamp was designed by David Craib using a photo by Cole Craib. Rodrigo “Jorge” Peral Jr. created an illustration from the photograph, and Jorge Peral engraved the stamp.

Canadian Bank Note printed the stamp by a combination of two processes: offset lithography and intaglio. Five offset colors and four intaglio ink colors were used.

Linn’s traveled to Canadian Bank Note in late June to see this stamp being printed.

A detailed feature article about the production of this stamp is tentatively planned for the Sept. 17 monthly issue of Linn’s.

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According to Canada Post, “The Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis canadensis) is the northernmost of three currently recognized subspecies of bighorn sheep and the only one found in Canada.”