Ron Brigham’s World Champion Exhibit, The Pence and Cents, 1851-1868, on display in the Courts of Honour at ROYAL * 2014 * ROYALE in Halifax, NS and at StampShow 2014 in Hartford, CT.

Ron Brigham’s World Champion Exhibit, The Pence and Cents, 1851-1868, on display in the Courts of Honour at ROYAL * 2014 * ROYALE in Halifax, NS and at StampShow 2014 in Hartford, CT.

For immediate release
May 10, 2014
(Brampton, Ontario) – Ron Brigham and Brigham Auctions are pleased to announce that Mr. Brigham’s exhibit of The Pence and Cents of Canada, 1851-1868 will be on display in the Courts of Honour at ROYAL * 2014 * ROYALE, May 30-June 1, 2014 and in the at APS StampShow from August 21 to 24, 2014. This is the first time in 11 years that the exhibit will be shown in North America. The last time was in the Court of Honour at ROYAL * 2003 * ROYALE, May 30-June 1, in Hanover, ON.

This is the only exhibit of Canada to have won the prestigious Grand Prix d’Honneur at a Fédération Internationale de Philatélie (FIP) World Stamp Exhibition. The exhibit holds the record for winning the FIP’s Grand Prix d’Honneur in the minimum time required by the FIP rules from qualification (STAMPSHOW ‘97 and ROYAL * 1997 * ROYALE) to win (BELGICA 2001).

This is the last opportunity for Canadian and American philatelists and the general public to view this multi-award winning exhibit before it is dispersed. A backgrounder is attached to this press release giving more details about the exhibit.

Show information:

ROYAL * 2014 * ROYALE (sponsored by The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada)
Venue: The Lord Nelson Hotel, 1515 South Park Street, Halifax, NS B3J 2L2, Canada
Hours: Friday, May 30, 2014 – 10 AM to 5PM
Saturday, May 31, 2014 – 10 AM to 5PM
Sunday, June 1, 2014 – 10 AM to 3PM

StampShow 2014 (sponsored by the American Philatelic Society
Venue: Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd., Hartford, CT 06013, USA
Hours: Thursday through Saturday, August 21-23, 2014 – 10 AM to 6 PM
Sunday, August 24, 2014 – 10 AM to 4 PM

About The Brigham Collection

According to experts, The Brigham Collection comprises the greatest and most complete collection of Canada ever assembled. It spans over 150 years, with material ranging from the World Philatelic Champion collections of the Pence and Cents issues of 1851-1868, to the sought-after varieties of the Elizabethan era. Housed in more than 150 volumes, The Brigham Collection will be sold over the next few years by Brigham Auctions, Ltd.

The Brigham Collection has been a source of pride for Canada, garnering some 25 Large Gold Medals at international-level exhibitions and winning several Grand Prix competitions, including the Grand Prix d’Honneur at BELGICA 2001 – the first and only time a Canadian collection has won the World’s Philatelic Championship. This triumph was realized in the minimum required time by the Fédération Internationale de Philatélie – a record that has yet to be equaled.

It also has won the Grand Award at the Convention of The Royal Philatelic Society of Canada an unprecedented five years in a row with five different segments of the collection. The Brigham Collection won the prestigious American Philatelic Society’s 1998 Champion of Champions competition with the Pence and Cents and the Grand Award in the Open Class with the Large Queens, the first time any exhibitor won both American championships in the same year.

Key items of the renowned collection include the rarest Canadian stamp, the 2¢ Large Queen on laid paper; the only marginal pair of Twelve-Penny Black in private hands; and a block of ten of Canada’s most iconic stamp, the 1959 Inverted Seaway.

For further information on Brigham Auctions, Ltd. and the sale of The Brigham Collection and a free brochure on forthcoming sales, please contact Brigham Auctions, Ltd. by e-mail at, by phone at +1 (905) 451-5072, or by mail at Suite 223, Plaza 2, 350 Rutherford Road S., Brampton, ON, Canada L6W 4N6. For information clients can also contact our associate Auktionhaus Christoph Gärtner GmbH & Co. KG by e-mail at, by phone at +49 (0)7142 789 400, or by mail at Steinbeisstr. 6 + 8, 74321 Bietigheim-Bissingen, Germany.

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The Brigham Collection

The Province of Canada: The Pence and Cents Issues, 1851-1868.


This exhibit represents the most comprehensive collection of Pence and Cents issues of Canada ever assembled. The majority of the best material is sourced from recognized collectors and Mr. Brigham has added his own important finds and loaded his eight frames with the finest material that exists; including the largest multiples of each of the twenty values. There are three main areas in the collection

Essays and proofs:

Mr. Brigham shows the difficult items; proofs are not just in singles, but in large multiples, with overprints in all possible orientations. Featured are items unique in private hands including the Sandford Fleming Essay and die proofs of Canada’s first stamp; the largest known holding of Pence and Cents composite die proofs, and trade sample sheets for the ½d. and 10d.


Mr. Brigham doesn’t limit himself to a mint or used value—in fact, used values are only added when appropriate to further the exhibit—but he shows, in several cases, a large percentage of the world’s supply—for example two of the three mint pairs of the 12d. black currently in private hands as well as one of the three used pairs and two of the five 12d. on cover recorded held in private hands.

The exhibit displays a thorough knowledge of watermarks, papers, re-entries and other plate varieties associated with a traditional exhibit. Virtually everything that is plateable is plated. He also shows bisects of the 3d., 5¢ and 10¢.

Postal History:

Although Mr. Brigham has followed the traditional approach in mounting his exhibit, he has managed to treat his covers in a thorough postal history fashion. In addition to comments on the stamps on each cover, he describes rates, routes and usages when appropriate. These include the scarce and unusual rates and markings of the period including the Crimean War rate, unusual interprovincial routes and marks, delays due to weather, soldiers’ rates, including the only recorded registered Soldier’s letter in all Canadian philately, Pence used in the Cents era, Cents used in other colonies and Cents used after Canadian Confederation.

The covers include early advertizing covers, printed circulars, fire insurance proposals, US Civil War and Canadian patriotics, mourning covers and the only known British engraved pictorial envelope used in Canada.

Each stamp is shown on cover used singly to pay a variety of appropriate rate and in multiples and combinations—including some of the largest multiples recorded on cover and the highest franking covers for both the Pence and the Cents issues. Each cover is described with the same painstaking thoroughness as that used for the stamps.

Presentation, Condition and Rarity:

Mr. Brigham has made a fetish of centring, 4-margin imperforates, perfect perforations, brilliance of colour, and absence of flaws. Still, the exhibitor does not hide anything. When there are condition problems, as there must be with a very few unique pieces in an exhibit of material from this era, they are noted.

Indeed the level of rarity is exceptional:

Largest recorded: blocks and strips identified as the largest recorded


Items identified as unique or one of less than six known


Discovery copies or previously unrecorded


These rarities, particularly the new discoveries and unrecorded material, are quite a feat since these two stamp issues have been so heavily collected and written upon over the last 100 years or more.

Awards received since the exhibit was first shown in 1997:

Gold and Grand Award STAMPSHOW ‘97
Gold and Grand Award ROYAL * 1997 * ROYALE
Large Gold and Special Prize ISRAEL ‘98 (5 frames)
Champion of Champions STAMPSHOW ‘98
Larger Gold, Special Prize and
Grand Prix International AUSTRALIA ‘99
Large Gold, Special Prize and Candidate
Grand Prix International IBRA ‘99
Large Gold, Special Prize The Stamp Show 2000
Grand Prix d’Honneur and
World Stamp Champion BELGICA 2001
Grand Award Americas Cup, 2002