VERY FINE. THIS IS THE EARLIEST REPORTED USE OF ANY OF THE "AMERICA" REVENUES, WHICH BECAME EFFECTIVE ON NOVEMBER 1, 1765. PERHAPS FIVE OR SIX ARE KNOWN OF THIS DENOMINATION. THIS IS THE STAMP THAT STARTED THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION. A PHENOMENAL PIECE OF AMERICANA.
The Stamp Act, passed by British Parliament in 1765, was one of the first attempts to directly raise revenue from the American Colonies after the War. The law imposed duties on all legal and commercial papers, pamphlets, newspapers, almanacs, cards, and dice. They ranged in value from three pence to ten pounds.
Attempts to raise revenue by imposing the Stamp Act produced widespread outcry among American colonists, leading to riots against stamp agents in many cities. Parliament was forced to repeal the law the following year. In reaction to the shocking demonstration of colonial opposition, the British government soon responded with stronger measures, including new taxes and the placing of troops in cities such as Boston.
American resistance precipitated by this British Tax Stamp, and the escalating hostilities on both sides, led to the Boston Massacre in 1770, the Boston Tea Party in 1774, and the Revolutionary War shortly thereafter.
Scott Retail $3,250.00 with no premium for the early date. This is the first we have offered in decades.
VERY FINE. A RARE EXAMPLE OF THE 2-SHILLING 6-PENCE GENERAL ISSUE USED IN QUEBEC.
Very few intact documents are known. With 1987 P.F. certificate