SOLD: British Stamp Act Collection


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British Stamp Act Collection

This is an incredible opportunity to own something that sparked the American Revolution. The bottom stamp is an amazing piece of American history that virtually is never available for sale. This is an original Stamp Act stamp, these are quite rare, and tend to turn up only in stamp auctions or the World Famous Gold & Silver Pawn Shop of course.

On March 22, 1765, the British Parliament passed the Stamp Act which imposed a new tax on
all American colonists. They were now required to pay a direct tax on every piece of printed
paper they used including ship’s papers, legal documents, licenses, newspapers, other
publications, and even playing cards. The British Empire was deep in debt from the Seven Years’ War (1756-63) against France for control of North America and Parliament planned on using the funds collected by the Stamp Act to pay for its 10,000 troops on the American frontier. The colonists were deeply offended by its
passing because all taxes in the past had been used to regulate commerce, not to raise funds for the Crown. Colonists viewed this tax as an attempt by England to raise money in the colonies without the approval of their legislatures and feared that this would open the door to similar or worse taxation in the future. This tax and others spawned the slogan “No taxation without representation!” and was one of the primary factors that precipitated the American Revolution.

Please note one of the stamps, top center, is not present; the collector who put this sheet together was unable to find it, and so represented it with a rubbing.

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Additional Information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 10 x 12 x 1 in

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