Wayne Smith has compiled the following:
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This census encompasses over 4,500 Pence Issue covers. It is presented in two ways:
Courtesy Eastern Auctions Ltd.
This is a census of covers with 1859 Cents Issue stamps used after the Large Queen stamps were issued on April 1, 1868.
Courtesy Ron Majors
This is a census of 1868 Large Queen covers, almost 7,600 of them, sorted by postal rate and destination. It begins with domestic mail (4,700 plus covers), and then lists foreign mail to Newfoundland and PEI (86 covers), United States (1,450 covers), Great Britain (over 1,000 covers), and other foreign destinations broken down by country (almost 250 covers).
The Large Queen definitives were issued on 1 April 1868. Two-ring numeral cancels began appearing almost a year later in late March 1869, and continued into the Small Queen period. The obliterators were issued to 60 post offices.
This list of the earliest recorded dates updates Table IV-14 in the book by H. E. and H. W. Duckworth, The Large Queen Stamps of Canada and Their Use.
In 1860, the colonies of British Columbia and Vancouver Island received a set of hammers with a grid design numbered from 1 to 36. The earliest recorded use is New Westminster’s “1” in bars in blue ink used on cover mailed about 1 Sept 1860. The cover has no dispatch date but has a SEP 10/60 receiver in San Francisco.
There is no known official documentation on the distribution of the hammers. The post offices to which some were sent are still unknown today. For four hammers, 6, 11, 17, and 25, not a single strike is known.
This is a census of the known use of these grid hammers.
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