Bill's License Plates
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Last updated July 11, 2021
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Note: As a Canadian wishing to preserve our unique
variety of the English language, I prefer to use the spelling "licence"
for the noun, but I recognize that most collectors and dealers will use the American-preferred "license", and since I
want my site to be easily found I am biting the bullet and using it as well. I know that nowadays many Canadians
do not think or care about such things, but I do, hence my disclaimer here.
My own plate on the
back of my car. I had the plate CPP-111 on our vehicles since 1993.
I had obtained that great serial courtesy of a friend's spouse in the Registry
of Motor Vehicles. It finally began to show too much deterioration and
therefore I replaced it in May 2021 with a new plate. So here it is. The
Gaelic plate is one that anyone can obtain if they want to, just like the Buy
Local, Protected Species, Acadian and Mikmaw plates. In my case however I
have at least some sort of relevant connection to Gaelic as I was born in Canada
just four months after my parents arrived from Scotland, but I certainly do not
speak Gaelic. The serial has no special significance. NS Gaelic plates are
in the range GAA01 to potentially GZZ99.
There have not been many issued to date, and this was what I got in May 2021 when I went in to get one of these. I did ask for the
double digits, and was lucky to get this one, as there were only half a dozen plates in the office. "Alba Nuadh" is Gaelic for "New Albion", another way in English of saying New Scotland. This is not my first "special" plate as I have also at times had an amateur radio plate, and although I am licenced as a "ham" I have chosen to no longer use such a plate. There are some who say that it attracts thieves to potential electronic equipment in one's car.
Plates in the Family.
My father's ALPCA card from back in the day. When this card was issued he had been a member for at least 20 years!
My Nova Scotia Collection
My British Columbia Run
1936 to present.
Canada Old and New
At least one old and one new from each of the provinces
excludes BC and NS
USA and Possessions
This page depicts the other plates I have, most of which I plan to dispose of. Some of these are run-of-the-mill, and some are quite valuable.
|TB Vets keychain plates future page|
|Cleaning PlatesThis is a little section in which I am chronicling some successes and failures in dealing with rusty plates.|
Re: Selling, Buying, Trading plates. I am
interested in hearing from readers regarding any plates they feel I might be
interested in. I also am open to queries or offers regarding any plates I
have that are not part of my current collecting interest.
I live in the Halifax area and am open to in-person transactions in the region of Halifax and north to Truro,
but am also open to shipping.
This page is intended on one hand to display my licence plates collection, and the history surroundiing it. It also may serve to show items that I have available for sale or trade.
Here I will use the preferred Canadian spelling "licence", even though in marketing on-line I use the American spelling "license".
I have been interested in licence plates for as long as I can remember. Certainly I have forever noticed the plates from different jurisdictions on cars around me. I also readily see double and triple numbers and letters, and in fact went out of my way to obtain such a plate for my own vehicle (NS CPP-111). I have not actively been collecting until quite recently, and most of the plates I now have are inherited from my father. He was a plate collector on Vancouver Island beginning in the mid 1950's and was an early member of ALPCA. His collection was not vast, as it was really just a sideline amongst many other collecting interests. My historical page includes photos of the early collection, mounted outside on a shed wall, something that no collector would do nowadays.
My specific interest now is to have and maintain a passenger run from British Columbia from 1936 (the first year of smaller plates) and a run from Nova Scotia that ideally will start with 1925 or earlier, though I truthfully do not expect to obtain earlier plates, due to cost. The BC run is complete, and I am missing only three or four of the intended NS run, but some plates are open to upgrades to better quality. I have no major desire for particular numbers, though I will buy a good number over one that is less so. I also have secondary runs of sample plates for these two provinces.
In addition to the two runs, I aim to have a vintage and a modern plate from each other province and the territories. Finally I plan to obtain American plates, but really only those that particular interest me, generally a modern plate with graphic components.