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Canada 2004 Victoria Cross Memorial Stamp Sheet

Victoria Cross Memorial StampsThe heroic actions of Canada's first Victoria Cross recipient 150 years ago was the impetus behind a release recognizing the Commonwealth's highest military decoration.

There's a reason it looks bronze. Each Victoria Cross is cast from the bronze of cannons captured from the Russians during the siege of Sebastopol, during the Crimean War. Reproducing the exact colour of the medal was just one of the challenges Pierre-Yves Pelletier faced when designing the stamps commemorating Canadians who have received this distinguished military decoration.

Introduced by Queen Victoria, the Victoria Cross is awarded for conspicuous bravery in the presence of the enemy. The first Canadian recipient was Lieutenant Alexander Roberts Dunn, who fought at Balaklava during the Crimean War, in the battle made famous by Tennyson's poem "The Charge of the Light Brigade." Amid the withdrawal on October 25, 1854, Dunn deliberately turned his horse back and attacked oncoming Russian riders, allowing a fellow soldier to escape.

Victoria Cross Memorial StampsOn the 150th anniversary of that action, Canada Post has issued two domestic rate (49¢) stamps to honour all 94 Canadians who have received the Victoria Cross, the Commonwealth's highest military decoration for bravery.

The stamp, showing an actual medal, is based on photographs provided by the Canadian War Museum. The medal is one of 26 held in the museum's collections, but Canada Post asked that all identifying marks be removed from the photos, so the recipient would remain anonymous even to the stamp's designers.

The second stamp depicts an illustration. In 1993, Queen Elizabeth II approved a Canadian Victoria Cross, similar to the original in every respect save the inscription "Pro valore," a Latin version of "For valour." As no Canadian medal has yet been awarded, none have been created. The stamp reproduces the design approved by the Queen, complete with her signature.

Both stamps are meticulously embossed.

The designer also drew the illustration for the unique pane of 16 stamps, over which is printed the names of all 94 Canadian recipients of the Victoria Cross.

VFNH 2004 Victoria Cross Memeorial Sheet of 16
$7.84 face value

$15.95 CDN

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