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An Unusual 1867 Illegal Usage Of A 30-cent Ben Franklin As Revenue

 
 
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Posted 06/30/2019   1:06 pm  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add revenuecollector to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
This one is a bit of a head-scratcher. It's a Scott #71, 30-cent Ben Franklin, used illegally as a revenue on a receipt for purchase of $100 of stamps from the Wheeling, West Virginia post office, signed by the postmaster.

The problem is that there would have been no reason to pay 30 cents tax on this transaction. The ink color and hand of the stamp's cancel match that of the document, so it does not appear that this is a fabrication. Given that the size and color of the stamp match that of the 2-cent Bank Check and the 2-cent USIR, I speculate that the postmaster was in a hurry and grabbed the nearest small orange stamp, thinking it was the appropriate revenue stamp. We'll never know for certain.

Additionally, the stamp is an EFO with an extra row of perforations.




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Document shows that expenses will be paid to adjutant general officer. What is the written word above this line?
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It looks like "The auditor will pay out of the appropriation for Contingent Expenses of Adjutant General Officer..."
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Thanks. Very nice document and stamp.
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This is not actually a receipt. The statement "The auditor will pay out of the appropriation for Contingent Expenses of Adjutant General Officer..." makes this an order to pay. The person receiving this document would have had to go to a third party to get paid. That means is would be taxed under the Inland Exchange rate, which would be 5 cents in this case. So it is still a mystery, but now it's a bigger one because it could/should not have been a simple error based on stamp color.
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