My Nova Scotia Licence Plate Collection

EARLY EDITION
 Plates Issued Prior to the 1972 Blue on White Era
Bill White, Lower Sackville, NS    ALPCA 13568   Last updated April 3, 2024
 

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Disclaimer:  The fact that I am showing my NS collection here does not mean that I think it is a particularly extensive collection,
let alone complete.
  There are several collections of Nova Scotia licence plates that far exceed mine, and are wonderful to see "in person". 
I essentially began my Nova Scotia collection around the time that COVID began, in the winter of 2019/20, so I have done quite well in that time,
sometimes I realize now, paying more than I should for items I wanted. 

I do not claim to be any kind of expert on the subject of NS plates, and acknowledge freely that
David F, Ryan S, Kirk S, Charles C, Piet V, and Paul B far surpass me, and I imagine there are others I have not yet met.

But I do include enough information in this page that it might be fair to say this is somewhat of a guide, not just a display. 
I am an educator by professional background and cannot help but pass on to you what I have learned.
Old teachers never stop being teachers!  I am not guaranteeing the veracity or completeness of what
I state here, and can only hope it is all correct.   Please inform me of any errors or omissions:  marscan1 AT gmail.com

Much more information of a detailed nature, such as serial ranges, construction and fonts, is available in the ALPCA archives Nova Scotia section, curated by David Fraser of Dartmouth, NS.  The archives also show many plates that I do not have examples of.
I highly recommend that you join ALPCA even if it is just to gain access to the archives!
Some detailed information is also available at All About License Plates , open to the general public.

 

 

Information about NS plates that is included here regarding registrations, formats types, codes, dates of issue, etc comes from a variety of sources whose accuracy I have not necessarily verified. It is my intention to not steal specifics from particular websites, and therefore have posted specifics received  from official sources or if it was seen on multiple sites.   I appreciate very much the work that various compilers have done to come up with this information.  Principal on-line sources are:  
Vehicle registration plates of Nova Scotia - Wikipedia   
The High Road :: License Plate News  Service Nova Scotia - Vehicle Registration & Plates

  

PART 1: 1907 to 1951
The Early Era
In this era there were new plates and colours every year, except in 1944 when, in most cases,
stickers were used in conjunction with 1943 plates, due to wartime metal shortages. 
 

From 1907 to 1917 the province of Nova Scotia registered motor vehicles but did not issue licence plates.  Instead, a registration disc with registration number was issued. This was intended for display on  the dashboard.  Owners used the number on the disc and produced self-made plates to mount on the vehicle, which had to follow certain standards, but were far from uniform in construction and size.  In these early years, motor vehicles of all types were registered in the one series.  Disc numbers, and therefore plates as well, were numbered consecutively through to 1917, with no re-starts. I do not have one of these but here is a photo of one most likely issued in 1909, courtesy of Jack Craft:

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I am not currently attempting to collect the discs or the pre-provincial plates. Provincially-produced licence plates were introduced into Nova Scotia in 1918, which is relatively late for Canadian provinces.  Quebec began in 1908 and several began in 1911 to 1913. In fact, only Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland were later to do so.  As in practically any jurisdiction, passenger plates were the first type to be produced, closely followed by Commercial plates and as time went on several other types.      This initial section shows only Passenger and Commercial plates.   Note that Nova Scotia commenced official issues after the ceramic plate era and therefore there are no ceramic NS plates, other than the possibility of pre-provincial private plates.  The first two years, 1918 and 1919, were tin-plate.  Manufacturers varied in the early years, and in many cases the plates look very similar to plates from other provinces in the same time span, with only minor differences.

Official plates began in 1918 with only two types: Motorcycle and a general issue which I list as Passenger, but was also used on
other types of vehicles.  Over the years other types gradually were introduced, for example, Commercial and Dealer in 1920.  In this section I am attempting to indicate these introductions in the right-side column, and if I have an example I will show it there. I don't know of anyone who has all the non-passenger plates, and indeed, there may in some cases be none now in existence.

YEAR PASSENGER non-Passenger

This column will indicate all non-passenger plates that were issued in the particular year.  In all cases, unless noted, the colours of these platesmatched those of the passenger plates.
If I have an example in my collection it will appear here.
Unless otherwise noted, all plates shown are in my collection.  For many more depictions of NS plates see the ALPCA archives (requiring membership).  That archives also includes details of serial number ranges for each type, for each year.
1918
White on Green
Flat

The 1918 plates were issued in several different lengths to suit the number and size of digits.  My plate 3364 is of the longest length. 

 Note that this plate came to my collection from a fellow collector in California, so it has a had at least a couple of long journeys!
 

In 1918 the only other type officially issued was Motorcycle.  These were smaller in size than the passenger plates but otherwise similar. 
From the beginning, without exception, regular Nova Scotia motorcycle
plates have had "number-only" serials (not including other motorcycle
types such as dealer, veteran, antique,etc.none of which existed in
the early era.)
1919
Black on Yellow
Flat Tinplate with rolled wire rim.




Issued with either four or five digits. All are the same size.  Manufactured by the MacDonald Manufacturing Company.  
 Motorcycle
1920
White on Dark Blue
Embossed
 

This 1920 passenger plate has suffered from rusting and nailing
over the years but still has a lot of value. Seen in person it is a
bluer than this photo shows.


 A superb repaint.  Looks great but has less value to
most collectors than the original one with all its issues.

 
 

Motorcycle
New this year: Commercial [C prefix] 
New this year: Dealer [D suffix]
 


This is one of only a half dozen or so of 1920 dealer plates
known to still exist.
1921
Black on Greenish Yellow
Flat, with embossed
border
 

 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix]  
1922

White on Black (some appear to be White on dark Blue)
Embossed
(All plates from this year onward are embossed)


 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix]  
1923
Red on Light Grey



Despite its value and charm, he 1923 tends to be the nuisance plate for Nova Scotia, as it is longer than all others, and therefore may be hard
to fit into displays.
 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix]  
1924
Yellow on Black

 For 1924 to 1927, both long and short plates were issued to suit the length of the serial

This 1924 shortie is in beautiful shape! I have been told that
it is not a repaint, but I have my doubts.




1924 long plate
 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix]  
1925
 Black on Cream


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix]  

 

1926
White on Dark Green

In 1926, and continuing to 1928, passenger vehicles were divided
into lightweight and heavyweight (division point was 3000 lbs) and
being issued different plates. The numerical part of the serial did not repeat so that the lower numbers were on the lightweight plates, and higher on the heavyweight plates.






 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix, with varying prefix letter for individual salesperson]  


For the years in which the passenger plates had the L and H differentiation, there were also similar L and H designations used on at least some other
types of plates, most likely including Commercial and Trailer plates.

 

 

1927
Yellow on Black
 


 

Serials apparently began with the Light plates and
continued on into the H series, without starting over.

In the June 2023 edition of ALPCA's "Plates" magazine, David Fraser indicates that a few 1927 plates longer that the H plate shown here exist in the Heavy Passenger, and Commercial types, but none discovered in the Light Passenger type.  David speculates that these higher number longer plates are extra runs produced with whatever blanks were available, perhaps those of another province.  It is recommended that you read the article for details.

 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D suffix, with varying prefix letter for individual salesperson]  


 Most commercial plates are of the
same dimensions as the plates shown at the
left, but the Fraser article shows that a few
longer plates exist.

 

1928
Black on Orange



In 1928 the lightweight plate had no L prefix



This was the last year for the short-lived division between light and heavyweight passenger vehicles.
 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
New this year: Trailer [T suffix]
New this year: Farm Tractor [T prefix]








Note that this is the first recorded year for trailer plates, not shown here. Despite this, David Fraser, in his Plates article reports (and illustrates)
a 1927 "long" plate with a C prefix but T prefix, which possibly
is a trailer plate.
1929
White on Red


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]



1930
Red on Cream

 


The plate above is my primary plate for 1930.  The plate below
is the "before" photo of one I submitted to Sean Moore for
refinishing. I thought it would be interesting to have a couple of plates refurbished but on the whole do base my collection on non-refinished plates. Below that photo you will see the front
and back of the plate after it was done.  Sean lives
in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality in Nova Scotia.
He is a professional sign painter and artist, and is interested in
taking on your submissions and as well adding to his
own license plate collection.  Contact him on FB.  See also
his restoration of my 1935 plate farther down this page.








This plate appears white on my photos but is definitely the off-white or cream colour it is supposed to be!

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
New this year: Farm Tractor [F prefix]

 

From 1931 to 1952 Nova Scotia issued passenger plates on which the first number represented a particular group of counties of issue, as follows:
2 Kings and Hants
3 Yarmouth, Digby, Annapolis
4 Shelburne, Queens, Lunenburg
5 Colchester, Cumberland
6 Pictou, Antigonish, Guysborough
7 Cape Breton, Victoria, Inverness, Richmond
8 and 9  Halifax

I have no information re any possible similar scheme for Commercial plates.

 
1931
 White on Black
 


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]

 

1932
 Black on Yellow
 


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]

 

1933
Orange on Black
 


 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]


A 1933 pair.  Both have rust, but one is much better than the other.

 



Issued to Dealer #146.  The A indicates this was the first plate issued
to that dealer for 1933.

1934
 White on Blue


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
New this year:  Registered Weight

 

1935
 Blue on White



The plate above is the primary plate in my collection for 1935. 
The plate below is the "before" photo of one I submitted to Sean
Moore for repainting.  Below that are the front and back photos
of the plate after Sean was done with it.




Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight


This 1935 commercial plate is a prime candidate for
restoration, but I can never decide if doing such a
thing is a good idea.

1936
 White on Red

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight




1937
 Deep Yellow on Black
 


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight

 

1938
 Black on Yellow



 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix, with varying suffix letter for individual salesperson]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight

 

1939
 White on Green


 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
New this year: Dealer Salesman [S prefix]


 

1940
 White on Black
 



 
Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]

 

1941
 Black on Cream

For 1941, passenger serials changed from
 (one or two digits) hyphen (three digits)  to
(single digit) hyphen (two digits) hyphen (two digits)


 


Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
New this year: Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]



 

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HALF YEAR HEAVY COMMERCIAL PLATES

Commencing in 1941 and extending to 1978 a second series of commercial plates was issued, this being for half-year registrations.  As far as I know these were for the first half of the year, expiring on July 15.  Half-year registrations for the second half of the year would receive regular plates as the expiry date in both cases would be December 31. 
From 1941 to 1959 (except 1952 to 56) these plates had an X prefix instead of C, and generally were of a different colour than the regular C plates.  From 1960 they had a CX prefix.   I do not have any of these plates prior to 1958 but am in each year at least indicating the colours used.

In 1941 these were Black on Cream (same as Psgr and C plates)

 


 

1942
 Black on Pea Green



Two plates were manufactured but only one was issued.  The remaining plate of the pair was retained and restamped and repainted for use in 1943.

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]



This was quite covered with surface rust.  Still not the best,
but a vast improvement.


 

1943
 White on Black


In 1943 the majority of plates issued were 1942 plates with the year restamped, and the plate repainted to the opposite colours.  These restamped plates are apparent by examining the 3 in the year, as
the remnants of the 2 are obvious, when examined up close.   The paint may also may appear to be a repaint.  The plate shown above is a restamp.
There were also a few 1943 plates produced for issue when the 1942 restamps ran out. At this time I have no knowledge of the serials used in each type.
 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]

 


Comments for 1943 passenger plates apply to Commercial plates as well.

  


1944
The 1943 passenger plate was also used in 1944,
with a black and white on red window sticker.




Image courtesy of Dave Hunter at Avon Valley Antiques

Because these stickers were applied to the window,
very few of them survive.   The image shown is for your interest and information.  I DO NOT have a physical sticker.  This is a photo of
a copy of a 1944 sticker that is displayed in Avon River Antiques
in Windsor, NS.  Check Dave's stock of licence plates and
other collectibles on FB or in person.

There was purportedly a small number of 1944 plates issued, for new registrations, which of course during the war years were rare.   This run would have been in the same colour scheme as 1943.  See to the right
for the similar but confirmed Commercial issue.
 


Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]

New this year: Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]

For commercial vehicles, most had 1944 stickers placed on the plate itself, unlike the window stickers for passenger vehicles, but some or all new registrations received White on Black plates stamped 1944. This was a very small run and these plates are scarce to rare.

 The following is a photo of a 1944 Commercial plate that was unearthed after many years in the ground.  This photo was provided to me by a fellow collector who wishes to remain anonymous.
I DO NOT HAVE THIS PLATE!

 

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HALF YEAR PLATES (X prefix):
1943 plate with Black on yellow window sticker showing expiry on July 15, 1944

1945
 Black on Cream


 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]



1945 was a relatively rare Commercial year as sources indicate that only
about 2500 were issued, though this plate above seems to indicate that there
must have been at least 3339 new registrations.


 

 

1946
 Black on Gray


 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]



 
 
1947
 White on Black



 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]

 



 
 

1948
 Black on Pale Green



 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix] [BLACK ON YELLOW]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]


 

1949
 Black on Cream


 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix] [BLACK ON RED]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]





THIS HALF YEAR COMMERCIAL PLATE IS NOT MINE. IMAGE
APPEARS HERE COURTESY OF THE OWNER, DEAN ZWICKER.


 
 
1950
 Black on Gray


 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix] [RED ON WHITE]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]
New this year:  Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]




1951
 Black on Orange (also described as deep yellow)




 

Motorcycle
Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix] [RED ON YELLOW]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
New this Year: Public Vehicle






This was the last year for the legend "Farm Tractor" on F plates


This was the first year for FX plates


End of the County Group System

Since 1931 the first digit of the five digit passenger serials indicated which group of Nova Scotia counties a plate was distributed in.  See the key prior to the 1931 listing above.  It is my understanding that this ended with the 1951 plates, or possibly the 1952 plates that were actually issued in 1952.  After this the serials with five digits were exhausted and moved to six digits. All plates embossed with the year 1953 commence with 10 regardless of area of issue.  Plates embossed with 1952 but issued in 1954 or later have even higher serials.  The old county grouping system had been outgrown. 

PART 2: 1952 to 1972
The Middle Period, up to the Introduction
of Consistently Blue on White Passenger Plates

The middle era began with a five-year period of mostly black on silver aluminum plates with year tabs. There was a somewhat confusing sequence of base plates and tabs. These plates were made of aluminum rather than steel, with an unpainted or grey-silver painted background, with black embossed serials. 

For 1952, passenger cars and commercial vehicles were issued with a 1952 base plate.    This was also true for other types of plates illustrated or referenced later on this site.

For 1953, renewals kept the 1952 base plate and received a white on blue strip to go across the bottom.  New passenger and commercial registrations received a similar 1953 base plate AND the 1953 white on blue strip, which was somewhat redundant.  The 1953 plates did not appear without a strip.  1953 was apparently the ONLY year in which the 1953 base plate was issued, other than perhaps some leftover stock in 1954.    It is known that the 1953 base was also issued in smaller size for motorcycles, but it is not known if 1953 plates were produced for any other plate types, as they may have continued with the 1952 plates.

For continuing registrations in 1954, 1955, and 1956 the 1952 and 1953 base plates had aluminum tabs in respectively, black, white and green, as shown below.    Note my comments regarding different coloured strips for commercial half-year.

New registrations in 1954, 1955 or 1956 all received newly produced 1952 base plates with higher serials than those issued in 1952.

1957, 1958 and 1959 saw the return to a single year plate, with a consistent colour pair of yellow and black commencing with the 1958 plate.  Beginning in 1960, passenger plates began to be issued for 2 to 3 year periods, first with window stickers, then by on-plate stickers.
 

1952
 Black on

Silver-grey Aluminum
This list applies to 1952 to 1956 base plate with strip, except as noted:
Motorcycle
New This Year: Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight [separate plates each year]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [C plates with different strips]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER] [Last years of issue]
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
Public Vehicle





This commercial plate was issued in 1952, in the range C10-00 to C3-99-99.


For 1952 to 1956 the basic Commercial plates were used for Commercial Half-Year, but with distinctive tabs.  Thus there are no X plates for these years.










1952 Trailer Plate, first type with small T

For 1953 to 1956, trailer plates are thought to all be 1952 dated, with aluminum strips issued annually.  Same colours as passenger plates.  It is thought that there were NOT any 1953 trailer base plates issued, unlike for passenger and commercial plates.

1952 Trailer Plate, second type with T size
matching the serial number




1953
 Black on

Silver-grey Aluminum
with White on Light Blue tab


1952 issue plate revalidated for 1953



1953 issued plate.  Against logic, this special 53 stamping was
covered by a standard 1953 white on light blue tab.  No 1953
plate should appear bare in actual use.   All 1953 stamped
plates commence with "10".



1953 dated Commercial plates commence with C4-00-00 up to approximately
C5-10-00.  This plate is shown bare to illustrate the 1953 embossed year, but
in real life 1953 plate all were mounted with the appropriate year
strip (1953 to 1956).


1953 Commercial Half Year strip.  I wonder where
the other half is?   I am in the market for a complete
one, but in the meantime am happy to have this!

1954
 Black on

Silver-grey Aluminum with White on Black tab
In 1954, 1955 and 1956 new plates were issued but with the same
format as the 1952 issue, including the 52 in the lower right. No 53
stamped plates were produced other than in 1953.
The 1952 format plates produced for issue in 1954, 1955 and 1956
all begin with "11" or higher.


A 1952 issue plate revalidated for 1954


A 1953 issue plate revalidated for 1954





!952-stamped Commercial Plate, issued in 1954 or later. These plates
commenced with C5-10-00.  This would have had
the appropriate year strip affixed, and not appear bare.
 



I need a 1954 Commercial Half Year strip (White on Maroon)




This Dealer's Salesman plate is NOT mine.  It is from the Johnny Duykers collection,and is shown here for information purposes only, 
1955
 Black on

Silver-grey Aluminum with Black on White tab


A 1953 issue plate revalidated for 1955



A 1954 or later issue 52 plate, revalidated for 1955


1955 Half-Year Commercial Tab. White on Yellow
1956
 Black on

Silver-grey Aluminum with White on Dark Green tab


A 1954 or later issue 52 plate, revalidated for 1956




1956 Half-Year Commercial Tab. Green on White






1956 Motorcycle strip, but I am still looking
for the plate itself to put this on!
1957
 Black on White

 

 

 

Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix] [RED ON YELLOW]

Orchard Sprayer [F prefix, with legend "SPRAYER]
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
Public Vehicle [last year]
New This Year: Farm Truck [White on Dark Green]



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HALF YEAR PLATES (X prefix):
White on Black

 

 

 


 

1958
Light Yellow on Black


 
Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix]
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm Truck
 


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HALF YEAR PLATES (X prefix):
 


1959
 Black on Light Yellow



 

Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T suffix] [Last year for T suffix]
Tractor [T prefix] [Last year of Issue]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Registered Weight [Last year of issue? Undated]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [X prefix] [Last year with X prefix]
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm Truck [Last Year of Issue]
New This Year: Amateur Radio
 





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HALF YEAR PLATES (Last year for X prefix):
  





1959 was the last year for T suffix for trailers.




1959 was the last year for T prefix tractor plates. Replaced in
1960 by GT plates
Commencing in 1960, Passenger plates began to be used for more than one year, but with stickers instead of metal tabs.  The 1960 plate was used for 1961, the 1962 plate for 1963, and the 1964 plate was also for 1965.  The 1966 plate was used also in 1967 and 1968, and finally in this era, the 1969 plate was used also in 1970 and 1971.   The 1969 plate was the first one with a designed spot for an on-plate sticker.

 Commercial plates continued to be issued annually throughout this period until 1970, when stickers were issued for Commercial plates for the first time.
1960
 Pale Yellow on Black
 

Note that plates have been seen with the colours reversed. They appear to be "official-grade" in font, colour and construction.  It is not known if these are fake, official concept plates, or manufacturer imangineering.  The serials are higher than any known actual issues which, as far as is known do not exceed 19 99 99.  See also 1964.

Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix] [T moved to prefix]
New This Year: General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix] [First year with CX prefix]
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 New This Year: Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
New This Year: Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]




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HALF YEAR PLATES (First year for CX prefix):
 
This plate is in poor condition. I do plan to straighten the bends and get rid of some of the rust, but even after that I will be looking for an upgrade!






1960 was the first year for T prefix Trailer plates (Changed from Suffix)
1961
 Black on Pale Yellow
 

 

For passenger cars in 1961, a black on red window sticker was issued to go with the 1960 plate.  I DO NOT own this sticker.  It is an image
of a sticker found in a display in the Halifax area.
 

 
Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]



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HALF YEAR PLATES (CX prefix):
Red on Yellow
 

 

1962
 Black on Pale Yellow
 

 

 


Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]




Note that although there was a new Commercial plate for 1962,
it had the same colours as 1961.


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HALF YEAR PLATES (CX prefix):

 









1963
 

For passenger cars in 1963, a black on yellow window sticker was issued to go with the 1962 plate.    I DO NOT own this sticker.  It is an image
of a sticker found in a display in the Halifax area.
 

Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
New This Year:  Antique Auto



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1964
 Yellow on Black

 
 
 

As for 1960, plates have been seen with reversed colours.  The comments for 1960 apply here, except that for 1964 the plates in question have serials higher than the 20 00 00 series.


Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
Antique Auto



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1965
 

For passenger cars in 1965, a white on green window sticker was issued to go with the 1964 plate.   I DO NOT own this sticker.  It is an image
of a sticker found in a display in the Halifax area.

 


Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
 Antique Auto



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1966
Black on Yellow



1966 plate revalidated for 1968

 

 


Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
Antique Auto




 


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1967  

For passenger cars in 1967, a black on white sticker was affixed to the 1966 plate.

 



Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
Antique Auto




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1968    

For passenger cars in 1968, a white on red sticker was affixed to the 1966 plat as seen above.

 



Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Dealer Salesman [S prefix] [Last year of Issue]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
Antique Auto



I don't actively collect motorcycle plates
but received this one in a group trade.
Even with a missing corner it is a nice plate.



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1969 to
1971

 Yellow on Black
 

 


Motorcycle
Motorcycle Dealer

Commercial [C prefix] 
Dealer [D prefix]  
Trailer [T prefix]  
General Tractor [GT prefix]
Farm Tractor [F prefix]
Half-Year Commercial [CX prefix]  
Farm Tractor Class II [FX prefix]
 Farm & Fisherman [FM prefiz]
Amateur Radio
 
Heavy Trailer [TX prefix]
Antique Auto

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HALF YEAR PLATES (CX prefix):
Red on Yellow
This plate has a Dec 71 expiry sticker,
which confuses the concept that Half Year
plates all expired on July 15

 



 

 

 

In 1970, a gold on black sticker was affixed to the 1969 plate.  

 

 

For registrations expiring in 1971, a black on gold sticker was affixed to the 1969 plate.   

END OF THE EARLY ERA.  FOR A CONTINUATION INTO THE MODERN ERA, SEE MY NEXT PAGE.