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World's Very First Revenue Stamp

 
 
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Posted 02/08/2019   12:20 pm  Show Profile Check 51studebaker's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add 51studebaker to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Revenue stamps predate 1840 by a considerable number of decades (or more?); but I have not been able to identify or find an image of the world's first revenue stamp.
Can anyone shed any light on what the world's first revenue stamp might have been?
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Posted 02/08/2019   1:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add James Drummond to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Don,

Looks like the Netherlands, in 1624.

Jim

https://www.jstor.org/stable/211466...tab_contents

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Posted 02/08/2019   1:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rismoney to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply


This is in the Smithsonian - https://www.si.edu/object/npm_0.022044.2

my understanding is that these were put mostly on newspapers. Afterall, the darn colonies couldn't get a free ride...taxes here, taxes there! some things never change.
This might be a good reference - https://www.amazon.com/Red-Black-Im...p/B00JQDM7LC

This has a sheet https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_Act_1765
https://blog.arpinphilately.com/wha...act-of-1765/

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Posted 02/08/2019   1:42 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add SPQR to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
it depends on how you define "revenue stamp" - Venice required the use of "AQ" letter sheets for communication with certain government offices starting in 1608. The lettersheets are considered by some to be revenues, others consider them to be postal stationery, some consider them to semi-postal or charity labels.
GB was using embossed revenues by the late 1600s, and the colonies of Massachusetts and New York issued embossed revenues in the 1750s (years before the tax act of 1765). The US issued its first embossed revenues in the 1790s.
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Posted 02/08/2019   3:28 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Extending the question, when was the first printed adhesive revenue stamp, i.e., not embossed or preprinted? The adhesive cyphers associated with British embossed adhesive revenues were basically labels and did not indicate the tax or denomination.
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Posted 02/08/2019   3:51 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add nigelc to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I guess it depends on what you mean by "adhesive".

There were some late eighteenth century British revenue stamps which were pasted on the object that was taxed (or on to its wrapper) e.g. on gloves, hair powder etc.

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Posted 02/08/2019   8:16 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Contribution to the mix.
Guinness Book of Stamp facts and feats
James Mackay

Note : No Revenues directly addressed in the book.


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Posted 02/12/2019   01:24 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add griffbo to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hello, These aren't the same but still nice examples of this type revenue. The cypher is a bit different also.
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Posted 02/12/2019   02:07 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add pennyblackie to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
These blue revenue stamps date back to 1694 and are certainly among the forerunners of early revenue stamps. However, if one is talking about earliest postal service, it dates back to 4000 BC in China.
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Posted 02/12/2019   04:02 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Nice Cypher Label !
Not seen that one before.
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