Question: Each year the Canada Post Corp. issues a definitive stamp with a high denomination. Such issues of the past have been the $1 Glacier National Park stamp of 1985, the $2 Banff National Park issue of 1985 and the $5 La Maurice Park issue of 1986. Would those issues in blocks of four with plate numbers have good potential for price appreciation?--R.K.
Answer: High-denomination Canadian issues of the past have been better-than-average investments, if purchased for face value during the time they were on sale in the post offices. What the future holds for recent dollar-value definitives is anybody's guess.
Because Canadian stamps of 40 or more years ago were issued in smaller quantities than those of today, and because current collectors know the values and price increases of Canadian stamps in the philatelic market, it is less likely today that you will make big profits from recent Canadian issues.
Q: The enclosed portion of a cover bears an inscription that reads, "These stamps represent the postage on this letter." What does this mean? It doesn't make much sense to me. In the 50 years that I've been in contact with the world's stamps I've never seen anything quite like this.--W.R.