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Month: July 2019

An illegal postage-as-revenue usage that is apparently more scarce than one would think.

An illegal postage-as-revenue usage that is apparently more scarce than one would think.

When I encountered this document on Eric Jackson’s website over the Independence Day weekend, I initially glossed over it as “meh, just another 2-cent banknote illegal usage”… but then I paused, reflected, and started looking through my records and my collection for a similar example… and couldn’t find one. It’s tied, which is nice; something you don’t always find, but what’s so special about it? This is actually the first example I have ever seen of one of the grilled…

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Attractive Iron Cliffs Co. draft with illegal usage of postage as revenue

Attractive Iron Cliffs Co. draft with illegal usage of postage as revenue

The Iron Cliffs Company drafts are well known in revenue collecting circles, most notably for their aesthetics and the wide variety of 1st-3rd issue revenue stamps that can be found affixed. Mike Mahler wrote extensively about a find of these in the November-December 1995 issue of The American Revenuer: http://tar.revenuer.org/TAR1995N10.pdf I’ve seen numerous examples offered both online and at shows, and have a couple in my yet-to-be-processed piles. However, until last week I had never seen one that had an…

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