British and Commonwealth Revenue Stamps


SKU: 9781497393714 Category: Tag: Product ID: 1029213


I have been a stamp collector for over 40 years, a postal historian and a philatelist for about 15 of those years and a specialist collector of revenue stamps and documents for the last 5 years. I’ve been a member of some the most friendly and well-run groups you could ever imagine – the State Revenue Society and the American Philatelic Society are both examples of best practice – and I even flirted briefly with philatelic exhibiting. Despite having served such a lengthy apprenticeship I still don’t have an answer to a really basic question: “Why are postage stamps catalogued, collected and researched with so much more energy and enthusiasm than revenue stamps?” There are many countries where there doesn’t seems to be a reliable and up-to-date catalogue of revenue stamps – certainly not one accessible to a virtual monoglot such as myself. I think it comes down to what I call “critical mass”. Without enough revenue stamp collectors it is hard for dealers to establish a viable business but without dealers generating catalogues and generally raising the profile of this branch of the hobby I suspect that prospective revenue stamp collectors tend to wander off into the sunset searching for easier pickings. The Revenue Society has defined revenue stamps as ” …stamps, whether impressed, adhesive or otherwise, issued by or on behalf of International, National or Local Governments, their Licensees or Agents, and indicate that a tax, duty or fee has been paid or prepaid or that permission has been granted.” This small study is intended to bring to the attention of the collecting public the sheer diversity of revenue stamps.

ISBN: 9781497393714
Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Pub Date: 03/2014
Format: Paperback
Weight: 0.24lbs
Size: 11.02h x 8.50w x 0.07d

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Weight 0.24 lbs
Dimensions 11.02 × 8.50 × 0.07 in