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Scott Number: 65 Collection Reference No. for Communications: 4379
Denomination/Type: 3c Washington, rose, perf. 12
Estimated Retail Value: $ 175.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Manuscript
Cancel Date: July 01, 1864
Cancel or Company Type: Bank/Banker/Broker
Company: M. P. Ayers & Co.
Two #65 along with two 2-cent Bank Check revenues paying 10 cents tax. It's too odd and haphazard to be contrived; everyone who looked at it believes it to be legitimate, but it doesn't match the tax rate tables. The postage stamps were affixed AFTER the revenue stamps, so it's not a matter of the improper usage being discovered and then paid. Additionally, the revenue stamps total 4 cents, whereas the postage stamps total 6 cents paid. The mathematical tabulation on the reverse is exactly double the document amount on the front. Some speculated that there may have been a secondary document attached and the 10 cent total was improperly paying the tax on both transactions. Another supposition was that it might be for a penal bond (one amount if paid before a certain date, and a penalty kicked in after that date). Any ideas?
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