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Revenue Stamp Museum

These are the stamps in my collection that "jump off the page" at me... the best of my collection. I may have chosen them for any number of reasons, not necessarily the condition of the stamp. It might be the particular color shade of the stamp, or perhaps a particularly sharp cancel strike, a fancy cancel, the contrast between the colors of the cancel and the stamp, or simply something I found to be interesting.

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Scott # 26

26 Very scarce use of a demonetized postage stamp as a revenue.

Scott # 65

65 Just an incredible piece! Doubly illegal, with postage stamps used as revenues, and miscalculation of the tax owed. Two promissory notes (one year and two year) dated February 22, 1865, each for $450, with 15 randomly placed #65. The correct tax, five cents per $100 or part thereof, should have been 25 cents per note, or 50 cents, but the illegal attempted payment, 45 cents was based on the cumulative total of $900. The two receipts on the back are not taxable because they were on the same sheet of paper as the notes.

Scott # 73

73 Illegal use of postage stamps as revenues. Lovely mixed usage.

Scott # 76

76 Spectactular combination usage of 4 singles along with R58c and a pair of R15c paying the 49-cent tax. Not only is it a one-of-a-kind illegal usage of postage stamps as revenues, but it also features a great single-line handstamp cancel in blue. Ex-Joyce.
76 Very attractive illegal use as revenue on a marriage license and certificate.
76 Block of 3 used illegally as revenues on 1866 promissory note to J.H. Gulliford, a musical instruments dealer. Secondary transaction on the back is a 'confession of judgement', an extremely rare transaction, only a handful reported to exist. Mahler (1999) rarity rating of 9 with only 4 reported examples at that time. Ex-Turner (Lot 526 in the 1980 Turner sale, sold for $575 including BP at that time; transaction on back was not noted).

Scott # 78b

78b Illegal usage of Scott #78 as a revenue, combined with R18c (x2) and R25c, paid the 35-cent tax rate on a $7.00 photograph.

Scott # 113

113 Beautiful illegal usage. The vast majority are found with manuscript cancels, whereas this one has a bold blue oval handstamp cancel. The stamp color is bright and fresh as well.

Scott # 273

273 A superb illegal usage! Block of 4 and a single of Scott #273, the 10-cent Daniel Webster green, used illegally as revenues, along with a 50-cent battleship, paying $1.00 tax on a Michigan surety bond, canceled July 2, 1898, the second day of the tax. Ex-Curtis.
273 Illegal usage of vertical strip of 3 and pair of Scott #273, the 10-cent Daniel Webster green, paying the 50-cent tax on an 1898 warranty deed. Great magenta 'IR' (internal revenue) designated on the stamps.

Scott # 295

295 There was only a 61-day window between the date the Pan American series was issued and when the check tax expired, making this a very rare illegal usage.

Scott # R1c

R1c Ornate 7-line boxed precancel from an as yet unidentified photographer. Note the several different typefaces used. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R2c


Scott # R3c

R3c Partial margin imprint capture with a gorgeous stencil cancel.
R3c This one is a true oddity. Is it a counterfeit, a college/training stamp, or something else? The design is VERY crude and the color is completely different from the actual stamp. It does not appear to be a modern creation, as the red is not composed of CMYK.
R3c Wonderful item! The Walker & Taylor 10-line printed cancel is scarcer on the 1c denomination than the 2c. Also, the 1870 dated cancel is MUCH tougher than the 1866. Lastly, this is the first multiple I have ever seen with a Walker & Taylor cancel.
R3c Hart L. Pierce counterfeit with full original gum.
R3c Catlin's Improved Fire and Water Proof Cement.

Scott # R5a

R5a Major double transfer (T5). Very scarce on document.
R5a R5a privately rouletted, on document piece. Unlisted in Scott. Rouletting is visible on all 4 sides of the stamp, with multiple vertical rows.

Scott # R5b

R5b This one has a lot going on:

1. A strong double transfer at bottom,
2. A Jan. 1862 cancel, which isn't possible, and
3. A secondary magenta stencil 'B' cancel.

R5b Unusual mixed handstamp and manuscript cancel, with the latter in a lovely contrasting magenta ink. Notice also the freak perforations at top.
R5b Wonderful one-of-a-kind piece! Not only is it a major double transfer (T5), but it is also an R5b that is imperforate vertically rather than horizontally (as with all part perforates, the imperf vertically are far more scarce than imperf horizontally). It is on a piece of a Wells Fargo document, with a California state revenue.

Scott # R5c

R5c 2003 Philatelic FOundation certificate. Major double transfer (T5). Very scarce on document.

Scott # R6c

R6c Unusual fancy printed cancel, with the gothic letter initials at top. Because these are seen with different letter combinations at top, speculation is that these are for bond coupons, with the bondholder's initials printed at top.
R6c An extremely early usage (the first day of the tax was October 1, 1862). Cut cancel goes through the stamp, but the actual stamp itself is incidental to the document.
R6c Ornate draft drawn on the company treasurer in Troy, New York. Unusual in that it is a draft on a company other than a bank.
R6c A very scarce and unusual CDV, in that it shows both stencil cancel designs used by R.E. Merrifield, one as a cancel on the stamp, and the other as a back mark on the photograph. This larger, more ornate design was also used to cancel stamps. See this stamp for an example. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R6c Plate blocks of 1st issue revenues are quite scarce. Granted, it has been very heavily reinforced around the edges. There are blue threads on 2 of the 24 stamps, but the PF has determined that it is not silk paper, so the block is not R6d. 2014 Philatelic Foundation Certificate.
R6c Just a wonderful document! It is a receipt for ship transport via Merchants Navigation and Transportation Co. steamer 'Commonwealth' from Silas Pierce & Co. to the Boston & Providence Railroad. There is a crisp railroad receiving datestamp (unlisted in Tolman) at top right center, and then an absolutely superb 'E.J. Smith' script handstamp cancel tying the stamp to the document. The steamer 'Commonwealth' was destroyed in a fire in December of 1865.
R6c Superb ornate handstamp cancel!
R6c Very unusual cancel. Appears it might be the top right poertion of a shield with W and D initials in an ornate medieval font. Ornament above could possibly be a dolphin overlaying an anchor.
R6c Beuatiful ornate monogram hanstamp cancel. Attribution provided by the document shown on this page.

Scott # R6e

R6e Currently the only reported example of R6e on a photograph. Exceptional color and centering! Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

Scott # R7a

R7a 2008 PSE certificate. Major double transfer at bottom (T7). Superb!

Scott # R7c

R7c Blind perfs top and bottom; trimmed left and right.

Scott # R9a


Scott # R10c


A beautiful 'Army and Soldiers Package Express' receipt with vignette at left.

This is one of only stamped examples I have seen. Express receipts were only taxed during two short windows: Oct. 1, 1862 through Mar. 3, 1863, at which point the express stamp tax was rescinded, and then starting again Aug. 1, 1864 when a receipt tax was enacted, through Apr. 1, 1865 when the tax on receipts for delivery by an express company was rescinded.

It is also the only example I have ever seen pictures of that has the blue overprint at center. It reads 'It is further agreed, that said Harnden Express shall not, in any event, be liable for any loss, damage or detention caused by Civil or Military authority, or by rebellion, insurrection or riot.' Presumably the company was taking excessive losses due to the Civil War, so they added this overprint.


Scott # R11c

R11c Lovely exhibit-quality multiple, a horizontal block of 12.

Scott # R13b


Scott # R13c

R13c Poland's Magic Powders fancy mortar and pestle printed cancel. One of the the most famous and desirable 1st issue cancels.
R13c Fancy 'Cook' cancel.
R13c Stamp is munged, but this one is all about the cancel: a beautiful patriotic motif, with both a star and 'stars and bars' shield design.
R13c Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R13c Interesting Civil War satirical patriotic piece ridiculing the Confederacy that shows Jefferson Davis in a dress. The caption reads 'Brutal attack on helpless women by the U.S. government'. The dialogue has a woman saying 'You had better not provoke the president, he might hurt some of you' and a Union soldier replying 'Yer dont say'.
R13c From a distance it looks like a printed cancel, but instead it is a very meticulously drawn manuscript cancel, replete with wide and narrow serifs on the 'font'.

Scott # R13d

R13d Scott lists the T13a double transfer on normal paper and as an R13e (ultramarine shade), but does not list the T13a on silk paper. Exceptionally rare.

Scott # R14c

R14c Courtesy of Bruce Baryla This 'Skull and Bones' handstamp was known to collectors of fancy handstamps by its appearance as a 'sender's mark' on covers mailed in 1857 by the 'Society of Twenty-Two,' a Yale University based fraternal group associated with the famous Skull and Bones Society.

This same handstamp was used years later as a stamp canceling device. As it turns out, the secretary of the 'Society of Twenty-Two' in 1857 was Robert A. Beckwith. He became a photographer and co-owner of the Whitney & Beckwith studio and he repurposed the handstamp from his college days to cancel revenue stamps.

See this blog entry for other examples with different portions of the cancel.


Scott # R15P4

R15P4 Very unusual item! It is purported to actually be a card proof (R15P4) cut down and used illegally (Nutmeg Auctions lot #710348). Moreover, it is the T15 major double transfer.

Scott # R15c

R15c Scarce wire transfer receipt from Montana Territory.
R15c The only reported pictorial cancel depicting a studio camera. No complete example of the shield cancel has been reported. Other portions of the cancel can be seen on this CDV. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R15c Unusual fancy printed cancel, with the gothic letter initials at top and the 3D block numbers in the year. Because these are seen with different letter combinations at top, speculation is that these are for bond coupons, with the bondholder's initials printed at top. Ex-Morrissey.
R15c Wonderful portrait doodle cancel.
R15c Watch and jewelry merchant.
R15c Gorgeous aesthetics, both the document and the cancel.

Scott # R15d

R15d L-shaped strip of 3. Top left stamp is the T15 major double transfer listed by Scott. The bottom right stamp is a different unlisted major double transfer. Here is a closeup of the two DT areas side by side to compare them.

Scott # R15f

R15f Unknown, presumably proprietary usage, upper right diagonal bisect on a piece of packaging. The vertical line is a foldover seam of two separate pieces of paper.

Scott # R17c

R17c Absolutely gorgeous jumbo, with margins much larger than normally found.

Scott # R18c

R18c Very unusual 'WAR TAX' boxed handstamp.
R18c Double transfer in numerals.
R18c Wonderful cancel created from printer's type in both straight lines and arcs. In addition to being a photographer, he was also a 'Dealer in Watches, Clocks, Jewelry, Perfumery and Fancy Articles. Watches, Clocks and Jewelry repaired.' Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

R18c The scarcer of the two script cancels used by the famous Civil War photographer Matthew Brady. Both the 'Washington' and 'Brady' script cancels were made with similar metal type slugs as those used to imprint photograph mounts. A VERY rare cancel. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.

R18c Scarce stencil cancel rarely found on CDV, one of three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. S. McCrary was located in a fraternal organization meeting room called the 'Odd Fellows Hall'. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R18c Scarce stencil cancel rarely found on CDV, one of three known California photographers that used stencil cancels. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R18c Very rare 'WAR TAX STAMPED' boxed cancel.

Scott # R19a

R19a Sewing machine perfs. Virtually all known examples are extremely faulty. This examples is stellar in comparison.

Scott # R19b

R19b Vertical pair.

Scott # R19c

R19c Absolutely superb strike of an incredibly scarce photographer shield cancel.

Scott # R21c

R21c The 4-cent Playing Cards is almost universally found faulty or poorly centered. Finding one that is sound and perfectly centered is virtually impossible.

Scott # R22b


Scott # R22c

R22c Extremely rare 7-line Walker & Taylor printed cancel; much more scarce than the 10-line printed cancels found on the 1-cent and 2-cent denominations.
R22c Amazing piece. This is a legitimate bisected R21c or R22c, unlisted in Scott. Photographer was known for signing his name as a play on words, using 'Bo9' rather than 'Bonine', the latter portion of which is clearly apparent on the bisect.
R22c A very scarce fancy cancel. Actually in exceptional condition compared to other examples I've seen. Better than the example in the Joyce Collection auction in 1991.
R22c Very unusual logo/monogram at center.
R22c Caudichaud's (or Gaudichaud's) Compound Extract of Sandalwood. See also this image for the alternate spelling.
R22c Druggist and chemist. Also a minor double transfer at lower right. Superb strike of the cancel compared to most examples.
R22c Interesting cancel with 'KEEP CLOSE CORKED' in center.

Scott # R23c

R23c Aesthetically beautiful early membership certificate from the Masonic Relief Association. The red and green inks make for a wonderful presentation, and the embossed cancel is just absolutely hammered.
R23c Stock certificate from the American Express Co. featuring signatures of Henry Wells and William Fargo.

Scott # R24a

R24a Horizontal pair.

Scott # R24b

R24b Full vertical strip of 10 (the longest vertical strip possible). Note the poor quality control in the perforations from top to bottom.

Scott # R24c


Scott # R25b

R25b Vertical pair.

Scott # R25c

R25c Wonderful shield cancel on a document printed on tissue-like parchment. Amazingly thin and transparent.

Scott # R26c

R26c Ex-Steven Belasco. From his exhibit: 'Edgar H. Judkins, a Lowell Mass. stamp dealer, began using the name United States Stamp Company in 1865. E.T. Gage was a clerk in Lowell. In 1866 they sold shares in the United States Stamp Company in what may have been the first syndication of a stamp business. At least 100 shares were sold to several different investors. The 5-cent revenue rate applied to shares in an unincorporated company.'

Scott # R27a


Scott # R27c

R27c Clerk of the city and county of New York.
R27c Wholesale drug house of Boving & Witte.

Scott # R28c

R28c An unusual double strike of the scarcer of the two script cancels used by the famous Civil War photographer Matthew Brady. Both the 'Washington' and 'Brady' script cancels were made with similar metal type slugs as those used to imprint photograph mounts. A VERY rare cancel.

R28c Very rare negative eagle cancel. Groon & Co. was a playing card importer. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R30c

R30c An R30b part perforate does not exist, which is why I have it marked as a fake. It had to have been trimmed, but that had to have been the largest top and bottom margins ever seen on the type. You can see just a hint of the stamp above at top. Even though it's bogus, it's an extremely neat item. There has subsequently been discussion that this may actually not be a fake after all, as this is not the only known example of a possible R30b that is very convincing.

Scott # R31c

R31c 1998 APEX certificate. AMFG = Seller of Italian bitters. This is an lovely example of R31c, which is is almost universally found faulty and poorly centered. The Scott catalog states 'Nearly all examples of No. R31 are faulty and poorly centered. The catalogue value is for a fine centered stamp with minor faults which do not detract from its appearance.'

Scott # R32a


Scott # R32b

R32b Faulty, but one of only two known multiples of R32b imperforate vertically. As a general rule, part perfs are normally found imperforate horizontally, and only some of them exist imperforate vertically, virtually all considerably more scarce as the latter. Ex-Curtis.

Scott # R32e

R32e Even though the identifying portion of the stamp is missing, I have labeled it as R32 because the other extant bisects showing the bottom half of the stamp from the same company are all R32. The current catalog value is misleading, as it has not been updated in decades.

Scott # R33c

R33c Prothonotary of the District Court of Philadelphia.

Scott # R34c

R34c A wonderful document! The embossed seal is an especially nice graphic. Accompanying advertising cover that originally contained the insurance policy. Tolman P-47.
R34c Very unusual logo/monogram at center.

Scott # R36e

R36e 2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Catalog value has not been updated in many years.
R36e Very unusual! 4 'bisects' on one indenture document. Three partial R36c, two being halves of the same stamp, as well as a bisected R37b which is not listed in Scott. Together, along with the R52c, they comprise the correct 50-cent tax on the $500 transaction. I classify this as a 'fake' as they are not bisects in the truest sense of the word, more likely someone either (1) using up pieces on hand or more likely (2) trying to cheat the government by re-using uncanceled portions of previously used revenue stamps. Still an unusual and interesting item.

Scott # R37c

R37c Ornate 2-color insurance policy from the Market Fire Insurance Co., featuring a bold red oval handstamp from the insurance agent. Document also features an ornately engraved revenus stamp placeholder in red that explains the rates to be affixed (see composite image below).

Scott # R39c


Scott # R40e

R40e 1991 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Very scarce part perf double impression. Only reported example on document. Ex-Curtis.

Scott # R40f

R40f Double impression. 2011 PF Cert. Superb example, with the cancel doubled in addition to the design itself... how appropriate. Much more scarce than the catalog value implies.

Scott # R42b

R42b Wonderful 3-color stock certificate from the Triunfo Gold and Silver Mining Co. in San Francisco, CA.

Scott # R43c

R43c Stock certificate #12 from the Newton Mining Co.

Scott # R44c

R44c Fake overprint created in the 1930s by an enterprising stamp dealer.
R44c Unusual caricature/graffiti cancel.
R44c Multiple strikes of a wonderful shield cancel.
R44c Very scarce stock certificate.

Scott # R45a


Scott # R45b

R45b Documentary use of a negative-image patent medicine cancel that reads 'Juniper * Dean * Street * London'. John Juniper patented Essence of Peppermint in 1762. The image at the center of the cancel appears to be an amphora. Stamp is valued above as a single, as the pair is reconstructed and the left stamp is torn.

Scott # R46b

R46b Superb strike! Tolman P-27a.

Scott # R46c

R46c Very unique concentric circle within an oval cancel. Unlisted in Tolman.

Scott # R47a

R47a Gorgeous vertical pair with striking early-use cancel.

Scott # R48c

R48c An amazing stencil cancel, thus far the only reported example from this California photographer. This stamp may have set a record for the largest premium for a cancel over the stamp's value when it realized $525 in 1991 as part of the Morton Dean Joyce Collection. Ex-Baryla, from his award winning Civil War Sun Tax exhibit.
R48c Very unusual large crude handstamp cancel. Similar in design to this cancel. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R50b

R50b Not one but TWO R50b part perfs plus an R78c used on an Indiana land sale document. The vast majority of R50b seen on the market are trimmed fakes and you virtually never see one on document.

Scott # R51a

R51a Amazing almost neon ink cancel.
R51a Lovely early matched usage (EMU) of R51a and R63a on a sight draft.

Scott # R51c

R51c Brown ink handstamp cancels are extremely scarce, even more scarce than green ink cancels.

Scott # R53a

R53a 2013 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Exceptional margins, and one of very few examples with a handstamped cancel. The cancel company and exact date are identical to the stamp on Philatelic Foundation certificate 179017.

Scott # R53b


Scott # R53f

R53f 2017 Philatelic Foundation certificate.

Scott # R54c

R54c Amazing margin imprint running down the entire left side of stamp. Perfectly positioned!
R54c Fake bisect and overprint created by a dealer in the 1930s. Note that the stamp was overprinted twice, once before being affixed, perpendicular to the overprint on the document.
R54c J.R. Ingersoll, J. Miller Craig and Charles Willing, Trustees of the Trust created by the Estate of William Bingham. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R54ce

R54ce I guess clerks in the 1860s had time to doodle too...

Scott # R55b

R55b Superb color contrast!

Scott # R56c

R56c Unusual crowned globe with a monogram in the center.

Scott # R58a

R58a Straight line Ct Mutual Life Ins cancel, but what makes this interesting is that the manuscript date is done in gilt (gold) ink. Tolman C-51b-1.

Scott # R59c

R59c Interesting doodle cancel.

Scott # R60a

R60a Plate number single with imprint.

Scott # R60c


Scott # R62c

R62c Tolman M-74c. Brown ink handstamp cancels are VERY scarce, even more scarce than green ink.

Scott # R67a

R67a Shipping and commission merchants and agents, Hawaiian Packet Line for Honolulu.

Scott # R69a


Scott # R70a

R70a J.R. Ingersoll, J. Miller Craig and Charles Willing, Trustees of the Trust created by the Estate of William Bingham.

Scott # R70c

R70c Ornate crowned shield or globe with 'A.C.S.' in the crown and a script 'BD' in the shield.
R70c An interesting way to advertise... tiny dealer inormation stamped or printed along the edge of the stamp 'H. NORTH MOBSE, STAMPS AND CURIOSITIES.' Also tiny letters U and S printed over bottom numerals.

Scott # R71c


Scott # R72a

R72a Possibly a protest against paying the tax. I wish it were still on the original document, in order to possibly get some context.

Scott # R75a

R75a Fancy flourishes in corners.

Scott # R77a

R77a Repaired corner at LR. Superb margins, color and cancel. Featured as lot 195 in John W. Kaufman Auction #58 in 1979.

Scott # R78a

R78a Lovely steel grey shade. Also an interesting print anomaly: see the partial horizontal line immediately below the top value tablet.

Scott # R79a

R79a Wonderful and scarce usage of an R79a bottom sheet margin single on a promissory note taxed as an inland exchange, dated the day of Lincoln's assassination. I have only been able to find records of three other examples of R79a still on documents. Ex-Curtis.

Scott # R80a


Scott # R81a

R81a Manufacturer of scales.

Scott # R81c

R81c Two strikes of a wonderful rimless circle cancel with stars incorporated in the design.
R81c Originally written up in the February 1979 American Revenuer:

A $2.50 Conveyance--Entry of Goods Provisional

Illustrated here must be what would be called the only known example of a First Issue $2.50 Conveyance stamp (or is it an Entry of Goods stamp?). The stamp is on a document belonging to ARA member George Alevizos. It is a warranty deed dated September 15, 1871 for a parcel of land in Abington, Massachusetts. The purchase price was $2,500 and required tax stamps totaling $2.50 be attached. However, as can be seen from the illustrations, there was not enough room to attach the two stamps that were to be used to make the $2.50 rate. Curved cuts were made above the 'TWO DOLLARS' and below 'CONVEYANCE' on a copy of R81. A copy of R55 was trimmed close and woven through the $2 stamp. Both stamps are there in their entirety. This $2.50 provisional was then attached to the document and canceled. The cancellation consisting of the initials H.H.P. above and Sep. 15, 1871 between two parallel lines ties both stamps together and to the document as shown in the enlarged illustration. This definitely has to be one of the more interesting first issue items 'on cover.'

R81c Scarce full strike of large format cancel on a promissory note.

Scott # R81e

R81e Tied to document by last digit of date. Catalog value has not been updated in many years.

Scott # R82c

R82c Horizontal stitch watermark. Very scarce and unusual!
R82c Seven strikes of Pacific Mail Steamship Co. single-line cancels, three of the ship ALASKA, and four of the ship ARIZONA. The thought is that these were canceled at a central office, and because the two words look similar (both begin and end with A, and are only one letter different in length), a clerk grabbed the wrong handstamp, realized their error, and then re-canceled with the correct handstamp. Mixed-ship occurences, while documented, are very scarce, with only a handful known to exist.

Scott # R82e


2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Top half of an R82c used as $1 on document, the bottom half of which was used a day later, on this document.

This image shows the two halves of the stamp superimposed upon one another, showing they are the same stamp.


2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Bottom half of an R82c used as $1 on document, the bottom half of which was used the day before, on this document.

This image shows the two halves of the stamp superimposed upon one another, showing they are the same stamp.


Scott # R83a

R83a H.L. Aldrich was a cotton mill owner. Wonderful use of R83a on document, along with an R42c and R5c. The manuscript cancel is very bold and crisp. Part of the adjoining stamp is visible at lower right.

Scott # R84c

R84c Wonderful multiple cancels. A SON blue cancel from the New Britain Knitting Co. and also an embossed cancel from the National Shoe & Leather Bank.
R84c Stunning example, vibrant blue color likely due to chemical exposure.

Scott # R85c

R85c Very unusual gold ink color.

Scott # R86a

R86a Shipping and commission merchants and agents, Hawaiian Packet Line for Honolulu.

Scott # R86c

R86c Unusual combination of blue circular handstamp and very ornately printed large boxed cancel. Not document offset, since it is not reversed. Not listed in Tolman.

Scott # R90a

R90a Signed by Capt. Charles H. Marshall, at the age of 72, 2.5 years before his death in October of 1865. It's a shame this was removed from the document, as it would have been a great EMU.

Scott # R97a

R97a R97a is rarely ever found with a handstamp cancel.

Scott # R98a

R98a Absolutely superb. The Tolman listing example.

Scott # R99a

R99a Just absolutely gorgeous!

Scott # R100c

R100c Margins beyond compare! The largest jumbo of a perforated issue I have ever seen.

Scott # R104

R104 Ex-Morrissey. Very unusual crude oversized 'PAID' handstamp cancel.

Scott # R105

R105 Gorgeous contrast between cancel and stamp! Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R106b

R106b 2011 Philatelic Foundation certificate. The Scott Catalog listing example.

Scott # R107b

R107b 1991 Philatelic Foundation certificate. The only reported example.

Scott # R109

R109 Beautiful combination of 1st, 2nd, and 3rd issue revenues all on the same document! Must have been backdated, because the 2nd- and 3rd-issue stamps weren't released until 1871.

Scott # R112

R112 Superb ornate ooversized oval handstamp cancel. Ex-Morrissey.
R112 Very interesting manuscript cancel written in French. Life insurance cancels are fairly scarce, as life insurance policies were not very common during this era. Not listed in Tolman. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R112b

R112b 2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Imperforates are currently unlisted in Scott, used on part of a stock certificate. Very scarce. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R112c

R112c It's a shame it isn't the entire document. These are very rare on piece or on document. Tied via a lovely embossed cancel with a sailing ship in the center.
R112c Sewing machine perfs are exceptionally rare on document. This stamp appears to have been re-used. The September 30 cancel is tied to the document and matches the date of the document, but there is an earlier handstamp cancel on the stamp NOT tied to the document. I've seen many other examples of this stock certificate, and many of them seem to have this doubly-canceled anomaly.

Scott # R112d

R112d Very scarce stamp; much tougher than the catalog value would imply.

Scott # R115b

R115b 2014 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Imperforates are not listed in Scott. A pair of singles on piece sold in the auction of the Tollman collection in 2007 for $3,750.

Scott # R115c

R115c Superb example of a VERY difficult stamp. Large margins, sound, and with two crisp cancel strikes. Ex-Morrissey.
R115c Very scarce to find a sewing machine perf that is also a double transfer. Plate position 23.

Scott # R118

R118 Beautiful contrasting color strike from the Pacific Mail steamship 'Rising Star'.

Scott # R120

R120 Foreign entry, design of $1. Ex-Morrissey. The finest centered example I have ever seen.

Scott # R122

R122 Simply superb. The $1.30, $1.60, and $1.90 denominations are virtually never found with aesthetically pleasing handstamp cancels. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R124

R124 William K. Neal was a Dedimus Justice, a position unique to the state of Maine. Appointed for life, they administer oaths of office. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R131

R131 2009 APS Cert. Socked-on-the-nose handstamp cancels are incredibly rare on the high-denomination 2nd and 3rd issue revenues.

Scott # R135

R135 Wonderful fancy manuscript cancel with two petit crossed lines of text. Ex-Morrissey.
R135 Absolutely superb jumbo!

Scott # R135a

R135a 2009 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Very scarce on document.

Scott # R135b

R135b Very nice example of this 3rd issue invert with a lovely cancel. Very scarce on document or piece.

Scott # R140

R140 Horizontal strip of 5. I don't normally go after multiples or play the '11th largest known multiple' game, but I made an exception for this piece. Even though it is the 3rd largest reported multiple (there is one block of 6 and one strip of 6), the quality of the individual stamps in this strip is MUCH nicer than those other multiples, with each stamp having centering well clear of the perforations, but also there is a margin imprint capture at lower right. Ex-Morrissey.

Scott # R142

R142 While at first glance it appears to be a handstamped cancel, it is actually a printed cancel. See my page devoted to the cancels of the Brady's Bend Iron Co.

Scott # R144

R144 Wonderful penmanship!

Scott # R145

R145 Wonderful stamp exhibiting six strikes from the Pacific Mail steamship 'Rising Star'.

Scott # R146

R146 While at first glance it appears to be a handstamped cancel, it is actually a printed cancel. See my page devoted to the cancels of the Brady's Bend Iron Co.

Scott # R148

R148 This is what happens when clerks got bored in the 1870s. Apparently done by the very same clerk who did this one.

Scott # R149


Scott # R150

R150 A wonderful example of a rarely seen socked-on-the-nose handstamp cancel on a high denomination. It also has a light cut cancel, and the catalog value displayed above reflects the cut cancel (value for this stamp without CC is $650.00).

Scott # R150a

R150a 2012 PSAG certificate. Gorgeous jumbo margins.

Scott # R151a

R151a Inverted center; extremely scarce on document.

Scott # R152b


Scott # R155

R155 Attractive shield cancel.

Scott # R163

R163 Wonderful unusual illegal usage of 1-cent documentary battleship revenue stamp on a leather postcard.

Scott # R164

R164 Wonderful fancy flag cancel.

Scott # R191d

R191d Listed as a tripled surcharge, but I believe this is actually a quadrupled surcharge, which is unlisted. The discolored strip across the center is actually water-soluble varnish, an anti-reuse measure.

Scott # R211

R211 Unusual and ornate fancy shield cancel.
R211 Illegal use of revenue as postage on cover, but amazingly on a paquebot cover, from the S.S. Arabic, canceled in Cherbourg-Octeville, Manche, in Normandy, France.

Scott # R231

R231 R231 with magenta oval handstamp cancel, along with a Japanese bill stamp with wonderful signature handstamp cancel, on a bill of foreign exchange. Documents with both U.S. and foreign revenue stamps on them are very scarce.

Scott # R232

R232 Provisional 'STOCK TRANSFER' overprint.

Scott # R615

R615 Serial number 000001. Only one #1 can exist per denomination and year.

Scott # RB1c

RB1c Unused (no gum as issued) strip of 6.

Scott # RB2a

RB2a Unusual handstamp cancel that includes part of a signature.

Scott # RB2b

RB2b Great (illegal?) use of a 1st Issue proprietary on check. Nice mining vignette as well.

Scott # RB5a

RB5a 2001 Philatelic Foundation certificate. Ex-Scarsdale Collection.

Scott # RB6b


Scott # RB9a


Scott # RB11a

RB11a This is the sharpest strike of the Benton's Tar Troches cancel I have ever seen.

Scott # RB11b

RB11b Great 3-D cube with initials ALC, one on each face of the cube.

Scott # RB11c

RB11c Nice inverted cancel.

Scott # RB12a

RB12a Doubly scarce: an illegal use of a proprietary stamp as postage on a foreign exchange document, along with German revenue stamps affixed to the reverse. Combination usages of U.S. and non-U.S. revenue stamps on the same document from this era are exceptionally rare.

Scott # RB12b

RB12b Bottom half of a beautiful large-format druggist fancy cancel on a horizontal pair. I would love to see a complete version of the cancel.

Scott # RB15b


Scott # RB18b

RB18b Very unusual maltese cross cancel inscribed 'VERITAS'.

Scott # RB71

RB71 Mint full gum block of 40, with creases and heavy hinge reinforcement. By far the largest known multiple (the largest block in the Curtis Census are several blocks of six).

Scott # RNG1

RNG1 Account of John Elsey. Fabulous green fish fignette. Note also the fish-shaped check protector at lower left.

Scott # RNG1

RNG1 Gorgeous bicolor vignette at left. Not sure if it was printed in 2 colors or hand tinted. Small documents (checks, receipts, notes, etc.) printed in more than one color of ink are very unusual, as most companies would not have gone to the additional expense.

Scott # RVB1

RVB1 USPS presentation folder given to honored guests at First Day ceremony. Contains complete sheets of 10 of the RVB1 and RVB2 boating stamps. Catalogue value is for a plate block of 4 plus 6 singles of each stamp. Note that the 2 sheets are not only matching serial numbers, but also very low 2-digit serial numbers. These sheets would have been the 10th sheets of each stamp off the press.

Scott # TA236b

TA236b Spectacular double impression.

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