The Stamps that Caused the American Revolution – Over 250 Years Old!
British Revenue impression on handwritten document! Gorgeous impression at top left of a handwritten document written in French, dated October 29, 1766, at Montreal, Canada, without paper cost mark, light vertical crease affects embossing.
VERY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE 2-SHILLING 3-PENCE DIE A “AMERICA” ISSUE.
The Stamp Act was introduced under King George III, a relative of Queen Elizabeth, and used to tax the American colonies. The colonies refused to pay or ignored these taxes. The paper this tax documents is printed on was produced and embossed in England and then shipped to the colonies or Canada. Very few of these documents still exist today. Only a few from Canada and some from the Caribbean can be found. Take this opportunity to add a real piece of British-American history to your collection today!
More About Early Embossed Stamps...
Some American colonies used embossed stamps in raising revenue, like Britain did from 1964. The British government also enforced stamp taxes on the colonies. In the early 19th century, the US government and some of the states enacted similar taxes.
Under one bill or another, these stamps were required on documents including promissory notes, bills of exchange, insurance policies, bills of lading, bonds, protests, powers of attorney, stock certificates, letters patent, writs, conveyances, leases, mortgages, charter parties, commissions and liquor licenses.
Although few of these stamps were printed, most were colorless impressions that resembled a notary public's seal.