First XMAS stamps issued in 1898 by Canada. SG # 166, 167 and 168 were the three stamps with different shades issued on 7.12.1898 in the denomination of 2 cents, being the Imperial Penny Postage. Design was in Black colour; British Possessions were shown in Red. The oceans were shown in three different colours : Lavender, Greenish Blue and Blue respectively.
Forgeries of this stamp also exist without horizontal lines across the continents.
——————————————————————————————————————-Mr.Abnash Singh is Founder Member and Past President, Chandigarh Philatelic Club