50c Beer revenue stamp single
- Department of Treasury
- This is a proof of the 1/2 barrel, 50-cent Beer Stamp of the 1866 issue. The Scott number, if listed, would be REA4P4.
- The Note Printing Division of the Treasury Department, precursor of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, printed the 1866 issue. It printed the stamps on white wove unwatermarked paper from plates of twenty subjects, five rows of four stamps each. It also used plates with thirty-five subjects (seven rows of five stamps). A small plate number, 1.5 mm high, appeared in the center of the lower middle block of 4. Plate number 1 is reported on REA4.
- The Treasury Department issued the stamps to brewers without gum or perforations. The brewers cut the stamps apart, cancelled them, and pasted them over the bung of the beer barrel so that tapping the barrel destroyed the stamp. The stamps included some circular shapes and some square. The stamps had a pattern of thirty-one small holes punched in them before issue. When tapping the barrel, the holes helped destroy the stamp.
- Object number
- Revenue Stamps
- card; ink (orange brown) / engraved
- Height x Width: 2 3/4 x 2 13/16 in. (7 x 7.2 cm)
- United States of America
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- On View
- Currently on exhibit at the National Postal Museum
- Scott Catalogue USA REA4
- National Postal Museum
- Civil War and Reconstruction (1860-1877)
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- Usage of Metadata (Object Detail Text)
- Not determined
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