25c Beer revenue stamp single

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Scott Catalogue USA REA9P4
This is a proof of the 1/4 barrel, 25-cent Beer Stamp of the 1867 Issue. If listed, the Scott number would be REA9P4.
To create the 1867 Issue, the dies were modified to have a blank area for cancellation near the top of the stamp.
The Note Printing Division of the Treasury Department, precursor of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, produced the Issue, which it printed on white wove unwatermarked paper from plates of twenty subjects, five rows of four stamps each. There was a small plate number, 1.5 mm high, located in the center of the lower middle block of four. Plate number 6 is known on REA9.
The stamps were issued to brewers without gum or perforations. The brewers cut the stamps apart, cancelled them, and pasted them over the bung of the beer barrel. Tapping the barrel destroyed the stamp. Some examples were cut to circular rather than square shape. To facilitate the stamp's destruction when the keg was tapped, the stamps had a pattern of thirty-one small holes punched in them before issue.
National Postal Museum
Department of Treasury
card; ink (blue); engraved
7 x 7 cm (2 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.)
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