To mark its 45th anniversary, Canadian Stamp News has partnered with Canada Post to create a special philatelic commemoration celebrating Trajan’s long-running stamp magazine. Of the 500 stamps ordered by CSN, only 450 of them will be franked to first-day covers and tied by a special pictorial postmark designed in partnership with Canada Post, which produced the physical postmark device this spring.
On the “CSN 45” stamps, the company name – “CANADIAN STAMP NEWS” – is shown at the top, complete with the publication’s iconic red maple leaf logo.
The phrase “CELEBRATING 45 YEARS” is also at the bottom left, alongside the stamp’s “P” symbol, noting its Permanent rate (one of three rates offered through the Picture Postage program). The word “CANADA” also runs alongside the stamp’s left side.
The special cancel, which is dated June 28, 2021, features a large “45” numeral in the centre with the word “YEARS” in a banner below. The double dates 1976-2021 and the city name “WELLAND, ON” are also shown near the central design. In an outlined edge, the 2021 cancel date is joined by the words “CANADIAN STAMP NEWS / POSTES CANADA / CANADA POST.”
The first-day covers, which are available beginning the week of June 21 for $6.50 plus applicable tax (includes shipping), also feature a left-side cachet with the inaugural 1976 edition of CSN alongside another issue of the magazine published in June. The phrase “CELEBRATING 45 YEARS” is also shown in a banner above the covers.
Of the 450 covers available to the public, 45 of them are signed by Trajan’s current staff and are available for $9.50 plus applicable tax (includes shipping for first class mail).