Friday, July 3, 2009

Battleship Revenues: 25 Cent Documentary

According the tax act of 1898 requiring this series of revenue stamps, specific uses for the 25 cent stamp included:

  • Certificates of damage and all certificates or documents issued by any port warden, marine surveyor, or other person acting as such.
  • Entry of any goods, wares, or merchandise at any custom house, either for consumption or warehousing, not exceeding $100 in value.
  • Leases, agreements, memoranda or contracts for the hire, use or rent of any land, or tenement for a period of time not exceeding one year.
  • Mortgages or collateral obligations exceeding $1000 but not $1500.
  • Powers of attorney.
  • Protests.
  • Warehouse receipts for property in public or private warehouses except for agricultural products deposited by farmers.

25 cent documentary roulette unused.

25 cent documentary hyphen hole unused

25 cent documentary hyphen hole block of 4.
Note on quantities issued:
The 25 cent documentary is a fairly common stamp in used condition. According to West/Perry, the total number issued was nearly 30 million, including roulette and hyphen hole versions of the stamp.


  1. i have 4 used 1898 25 cents stamps on an old deed dated back 1898 belonging to james and maggie craig

  2. Don't remove the stamps from the deed. The used stamps really aren't worth very much when removed. The document has some value to the right collector.

  3. Do you have any ideal where i might,have,these stamps,and documents look at,or find out the value.

  4. You likely do not have an item of any great value. The deed with the stamps on it may be worth a few dollars to right collector, but not much more. What date is the deed?

  5. If the deed is dated 1898, the stamp has roulette cuts on the edges instead of traditional round perforation holes. Rouletting is the most common separation technique on this stamp.