Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Old Malaysia revenue stamp (Unused)

Unused Malaysia Revenue stamp

This lot consist of 16 pcs Unused/UNC Malaysia Revenue 10cents stamp (setem hasil)

Revenue stamp info

A revenue stamp, tax stamp or fiscal stamp is a stamp used to collect taxes or fees on documents, tobacco, alcoholic drinks, drugs and medicines, playing cards, hunting licenses, firearm registration, and many other things.

Revenue stamps are stamps used to collect taxes and fees. They are issued by Governments, national and local, and by official bodies of various kinds. They take many forms and may be gummed and ungummed, peforated or imperforate, printed or embossed, and of any size. In many countries, they are as detailed in their design as banknotes and they are often made from the same type of paper. The high value of many revenue stamps means that they may contain security devices to prevent counterfeiting.

The use of revenue stamps goes back further than that of postage stamps (
first used in 1840); the stamps of the Stamp Acts of the 18th century were revenues. Their use became widespread in the 19th century, partly inspired by the success of the postage stamp, and partly motivated by the desire to streamline government operations, the presence of a revenue stamp being an indication that the item in question had already paid the necessary fees. Revenue stamps have become less commonly seen in the 21st century, with the rise of computerization and the ability to use numbers to track payments accurately.
There are a great many kinds of revenue stamps in the world, and it is likely that some are still uncataloged. Both national and local entities have issued them. In certain periods government have combined the uses of postage and revenue stamps, calling them "postal fiscals" or inscribing them "Postage and Revenue".

Methods of cancellation

Revenue stamp of USSR, 1925.
While revenue stamps often resemble
postage stamps, they were not normally intended for use on mail and therefore do not receive a postal cancellation. Some countries have issued stamps valid for both postage and revenue, but this practice is rare now. Many different methods have been used to cancel revenue stamps, including pen cancels, inked handstamps, perforating, embossing, hole punching or simply tearing.

Revenue stamps were once widely collected by
philatelists and given the same status as postage stamps in stamp catalogs and at exhibitions. After World War One, however, they declined in popularity, possibly due to being excluded from catalogues as the number of postage stamps issued rose rapidly and crowded revenues out. Recently they have become popular again and they now have their own FIP (Fédération Internationale de Philatélie) Commission and are an approved category in FIP endorsed stamp exhibitions.
Many catalogs have been issued by specialist publishers and dealers but it is true to say that revenue stamps still do not feature in the most popular catalogs, for instance the standard Scott, Stanley Gibbons and Michel catalogs, unless they are both revenue and postage stamps. The Scott specialised United States catalogue does feature US revenue stamps.

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