Thursday 19 January 2012

Canada Post Commemorative Papal Stamps

This item is a set of two unmounted mint stamps issued by Canada Post in 1984 to commemorate the visit of Pope John Paul II to Canada. Both the 32 and 64 cent version display a stylized map of Canada showing each stop in John Paul’s tour overlain with the Papal coat-of-arms. The outer flap of the card, a portrait of the Pope, can be opened to display further details about the visit, and about the Pontiff himself.
Canada Post, the Canadian crown corporation which functions as the country's primary postal operator, is responsible for stamp design and production. But the choice of subject or the final design to appear on stamps is preformed by the Stamp Advisory Committee. Their objective is to recommend a stamp program that will have broad-based appeal, regionally and culturally, reflecting Canadian history, heritage, and tradition.

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