Stamps (Philately)/1871-1889 stamps

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I have few interesting stamps,2c Washington in brownish orange has US INTER.REV. over his head and BANKCHECK under him. Then one 2c Washington faded orangeish with US INTER.REV. on both top and bottom of stamp with 1871 handwritten on it with a signature, I have a 5c Washington faded brownish with INTERNALREVENUE over his head and something like INL. EXCHANGE with Oct.19 1889 stamped on it

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Teri,

The stamps you've described are revenues, from what is commonly referred to as the First Issue (1862 to 1871), specifically Scott numbers R6, R15 and R30.  There are generally three types of First Issue Revenues: Imperforate, Partly Perforated (top and bottom only, or left and right only), and fully perforated on all four sides.  The latter are the most common.  Revenue stamps are a result of an Act of Congress to help Lincoln pay for the Civil War effort.

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