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Posted 11/19/2022   1:41 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add Stephen-P to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I'm still learning about Revenue Stamps, so bear with me.. but anywhere I go to purchase one shows the two options as either "used" or "used with flaws" (which implies that a cancellation was placed on it in the form of writing or company postmark).
I have this stamp that still has glue on the back (in three sections) and no cancellation, and I'm hard-pressed to find any revenue stamp with a "mint" criteria. Is there no premium for such a critter?




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Posted 11/19/2022   2:17 pm  Show Profile Check GeoffHa's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add GeoffHa to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
"Used with flaws" doesn't imply a cancellation, but actual damage - thins etc.
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Posted 11/19/2022   2:20 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add revcollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The pattern of how the gum is disturbed shows that it was once on a document. Loosely perhaps, but on one. The crease in the stamp is probably from where the document was folded. Although it appears uncancelled to the naked eye, putting the stamp under UV would probably be a good idea.
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Posted 11/20/2022   12:41 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Stephen-P to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Thanks a lot! So it's safe to say most collectors assume this to be the case with revenue stamps.
That being the case, an unused revenue stamp seems to be a rarity despite being popular with collectors or not.
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Posted 11/20/2022   08:13 am  Show Profile Check revenuecollector's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add revenuecollector to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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That being the case, an unused revenue stamp seems to be a rarity despite being popular with collectors or not.


Yes, and *actual* unused 1st-3rd issue revenues can be worth a premium to the right collector. However, the stamps must have a large part original gum and not have any document offset, residual adherence, or other evidence of having been attached to a document to be considered unused.

A stamp without a cancel but no gum is "used but not canceled" in my opinion. This criteria seems to differ from front of the book material where "mint no gum" or "unused no gum" is apparently a thing.

With 1st-3rd issue revenues, without gum is not the same as unused/mint. It may be worth a premium to the right collector for aesthetic reasons, but it is NOT unused. Clerks were in a hurry, and in many cases, affixing the stamp was deemed "close enough for government work". Once that stamp is soaked/steamed from the document it appears unused.

Full-gum mint 1st-3rd issue revenues are fairly scarce. Regumming of 1st-3rd issue revenues doesn't appear to be prevalent, as there isn't sufficient premium or demand to justify it.
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Edited by revenuecollector - 11/20/2022 08:16 am
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