Notes from the Past

Fiscal

An adhesive or other stamp designed for revenue or taxation purposes only.  Many postage stamps are also valid for revenue purposes and are thus inscribed; in used condition such stamps stamps should be collected only with a postal cancellation.  Copies fiscally cancelled are of little value.  Many pen-cancellations indicate fiscal use, especially on such documents as receipts, but this is not invariably the case.  In certain countries, for example, the Post Office cancelled the early stamps with pen-markings when postmarks were not available.  A number of cases are on record in which fiscal stamps have been authorised for postal use; these are interesting items which should preferable be collected on complete
cover to establish genuine use through the post.  The outstanding example of fiscals used for postage occurred in November 1963 in Nyasaland, where on the achievement of independence a complete series of Revenue stamps was not merely authorised but specifically overprinted for postage.
 
 
- R. J. Sutton 6th edition revised by K. W. Anthony
The Stamp Collector's Encyclopaedia
Published 1966


Posted February 2, 2000

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