1871 $200 US Internal Revenue Stamp,red, blue & black

# R132 - 1871 $200 US Internal Revenue Stamp - red, blue & black

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1871 Documentary Stamp
Immediately following the passage of the Revenue Act of 1862, stamps were created that specified corresponding taxable items.  Within a few months, officials became convinced the item-specific stamps were needlessly burdensome.
 
The First Issue Revenue stamps featured a common portrait of George Washington, surrounded by lathwork frames that were unique to each taxable item and denomination.  Counterfeiting was virtually unheard of.  However, officials felt they had ample proof the stamps were being cleaned and reused, causing the loss of a significant amount of government revenue.
 
To combat the fraud, a Second Issue was ordered with new designs and ink colors.  The stamps were printed on a patented “chameleon” paper containing silk fibers.
 
Each stamp in the Second Issue featured a different design, but the stamp size and the makeup of the printing plates are the same as the First Issue.  The Second Issue Revenue stamps were released in 1871.
 
U.S. Revenue Stamps – 
Expand Your Collection or Start a New One
Intricate Revenue stamps feature the rich detail and 
historical importance of classic U.S. stamps for a fraction of the price. 
 
When the Civil War erupted in 1861, the country was on the verge of bankruptcy.  A plan was developed to generate internal revenue – money collected from taxes placed on domestic items such as tobacco, alcohol, medicine, perfume and playing cards.  Stamps were provided as proof of payment.  Examining used U.S. Revenue stamps offers a window into the past – the government required several unusual cancellation techniques such as private cancels, manuscript initials and perforated initials. 
 
The same legislation that created these stamps also created the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP).
 
Until 1862, specific Revenue stamps were required for many taxable items – leading to a wealth of interesting stamps for modern collectors.  Imperforate and “part-perf” stamps present another challenging – yet affordable – collecting opportunity.

 

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1871 Documentary Stamp
Immediately following the passage of the Revenue Act of 1862, stamps were created that specified corresponding taxable items.  Within a few months, officials became convinced the item-specific stamps were needlessly burdensome.
 
The First Issue Revenue stamps featured a common portrait of George Washington, surrounded by lathwork frames that were unique to each taxable item and denomination.  Counterfeiting was virtually unheard of.  However, officials felt they had ample proof the stamps were being cleaned and reused, causing the loss of a significant amount of government revenue.
 
To combat the fraud, a Second Issue was ordered with new designs and ink colors.  The stamps were printed on a patented “chameleon” paper containing silk fibers.
 
Each stamp in the Second Issue featured a different design, but the stamp size and the makeup of the printing plates are the same as the First Issue.  The Second Issue Revenue stamps were released in 1871.
 
U.S. Revenue Stamps – 
Expand Your Collection or Start a New One
Intricate Revenue stamps feature the rich detail and 
historical importance of classic U.S. stamps for a fraction of the price. 
 
When the Civil War erupted in 1861, the country was on the verge of bankruptcy.  A plan was developed to generate internal revenue – money collected from taxes placed on domestic items such as tobacco, alcohol, medicine, perfume and playing cards.  Stamps were provided as proof of payment.  Examining used U.S. Revenue stamps offers a window into the past – the government required several unusual cancellation techniques such as private cancels, manuscript initials and perforated initials. 
 
The same legislation that created these stamps also created the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP).
 
Until 1862, specific Revenue stamps were required for many taxable items – leading to a wealth of interesting stamps for modern collectors.  Imperforate and “part-perf” stamps present another challenging – yet affordable – collecting opportunity.