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Collins FDC Catalog


R5501 / Scott 5064

Repeal of the 1776 Stamp Act

250th Anniversary

Cover Announcement 

In March of 1765, the Parliament of Great Britain enacted a tax on American colonists on anything paper related. It required that many printed items be produced in London and that such items would have an embossed revenue stamp that would impose a tax on the colonists when used or purchased. Such items included legal documents, newspapers, playing cards, magazines, and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies.

This act was extremely unpopular in America and was considered a violation of their rights not to be taxed without consent which only elected colonial legislatures could grant. It was at this time that the famous slogan "No taxation without representation'' came into being.

The large new stamp is a nice one showing a group of colonists reacting to the Stamp Act being posted to a tree. It is tied to the envelope with a first day of issue bulIseye postmark. My hand painted cachet depicts a trio of Bostonians reading the Act and also illustrations of the embossed stamps used on paper products. After a year of turmoil and dissent, the Stamp Act was repealed on March 18, 1766. Collins #R5501 - $15.00.

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