Revenue collectors have a new stamp to look for with Canada’s cannabis revenue stamps. The moment the Canadian government legalised marijuana, I knew there would be a stamp to collect. Keep your eyes open for the cannabis revenue stamp that is affixed to all government store sales.
Canadian cannabis revenue from Ontario
One portion of the cannabis revenue stamp
This side shows which province issued the stamp
It’s a bit hard to grab a clean photo of the new cannabis revenue. The fraud prevention features play havoc with the lens. My eyes went a bit wobbly after taking a series of photos. Many weren’t aware the stamp would be issued (or didn’t care) so thousands have been trashed so it’ll be interesting to see what the catalogue price will be for the first issues.
I haven’t decided whether to keep it on the original box or carefully remove it. The box is a bit of a pain to store but I suspect I’ll leave it on. I’ve already started pestering friends to save any revenue stamps they get. Might be awhile given the pot shortage here in Canada.
BOBs, or Back of the Book stamps are a fun, and often over looked area of collecting. Revenues and war stamps are represented in my collection, but I’m more a dabbler than a serious collector. If something falls my way and in my budget range, I’ll scoop it. My collection is pretty modest – I tend to focus more on airmail, especially the earliest issues, but I can never pass up a good excise stamp. Stamps issued during the Great War are among my favourites. They are beautifully engraved, rich sources of propaganda. If you are doing any research into propaganda from the period, look no further than the iconography used in the posters used to sell them.
I found this poster at the Toronto Public Library archives:
1919 Canada War Stamp poster
The poster and the stamp ticks all the boxes for WW1 imagery. I’d love to acquire the $5 stamp in the poster, but it’s far above my price ceiling for revenue purchases. I’ve seen a .25c one from the series go for over $200. I save my dollars for airmails and go cheap on the revenues.
The best source for Canadian revenues and info on them is E.S. J. van Damn – http://www.esjvandam.com/ and https://canadarevenuestamps.com/ I desperately wish they’d update their dated web design and include a proper indexing. It’s infuriating to navigate. But, it’s the best online for current pricing.