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Scott Number: 71 Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5175
Denomination/Type: 30c Franklin, orange, perf. 12
2020 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 380.00
Estimated Retail Value: $ 450.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Manuscript
Cancel Date: January 19, 1867
Cancel or Company Type: Law firm or Federal, State, or Local Government Entity
Company: Wheeling Post Office
Very scarce and unusual illegal usage of 30-cent Ben Franklin on an 1867 receipt for the purchase of stamps. There would have been no reason for a 30-cent tax on this transaction. The ink color and hand of the stamp's cancel match that of the document, so it does not appear that this is a fabrication. Given that the size and color of the stamp match that of the 2-cent Bank Check and the 2-cent USIR, I speculate that a hurried clerk grabbed the nearest small orange stamp, thinking it was the appropriate revenue stamp. We'll never know for certain. The stamp also has an extra row of perforations.
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