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stamp 1868
stamp 1868  

stamp 1869
stamp 1869  
my name is jesse, and i would like to know a round about figure of how much 2 george washington stamps, almost identical, cept the dates on it and the words on the bottom, and the slight difference in the color. these satmps were dated back to1868 and 1869.the 1868 stamp is on a letter still.they are the five cent stamps. there is four fives on each one of them, and they are located around all four corners.  your help would be greatly  apprecieted,

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Your stamps are revenue stamps.  These stamps helped pay the cost of the Civil War.  The dates are part of manuscript cancels.  The Scott catalog value of these stamps is 50 to 55-cents each depending on paper type.  The stamp still on the document will be worth more to a revenue stamp collector specialist, maybe a few dollars.  The loose stamp has very poor centering and would be considered a space filler.

The Scott catalog is the most popular guide to relative values of stamps in the US.  Most public libraries have copies.  The beginning section of the catalog discusses condition and its effect on value.  When using the catalog, if your stamp might be one of several, it will almost always be the cheapest one.

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