The Sneaky $5 Moose!

MooseNobody wants to find out that they have spent hard earned money on a fake stamp. In an effort to prevent counterfeiters from easily producing certain stamps, on December 19th, 2003, Canada Post issued a high-value definitive, the $5 Moose (Canada #1693), with certain security features.

MooseThe stamp is a 4-colour lithograph, and 2-colour engraving of a moose in his natural habitat with a blue sky overhead. If you look closely however, you can see that the sky is actually made up of tiny hoof prints, and in the sky are two lines of miniscule text which read «moose» in Latin. Additionally, under ultraviolet light an image of a moose is revealed. This image represents a Mi’kmaq petroglyph, derived from an original in the Kejimkujik National Park.

Not just a simple definitive, these features definitely make the $5 Moose an original, especially since it is the first Canadian stamp to feature a fluorescent drawing, instead of just a bar tagging. What other security features does the future hold for postage stamps? Only time will tell.

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5 Responses to The Sneaky $5 Moose!

  1. Reg Dunning says:

    I was pretty surprised to read about the various points on the 5 cent Moose. I enjoy learning about such features.

  2. David Wood says:

    It is a $5 stamp not a 5 cent stamp Reg

  3. Lee Straayer says:

    I have a few of these stamps When I bought them the
    Scott number was 2007. The number has since disappeared.
    Do you have a clue as to what the Scott number is now.

  4. Daniel Arpin says:

    Lee,
    The Scott number is now 1693.

  5. Roger Levasseur says:

    Can you provide me with examples of imperfect stamps. Scott 242a Please note my new E-Mail from [email protected] to [email protected]

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