Used copies are much less common

Alcohol tax stamp dating

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How to Date a Bottle of Alcohol By Susanne Koenig If you have a bottle of spirits but you don't know how old it is, you can estimate the date of the bottle from a few key clues. Search for your bottle by name in Google Books under the magazines. Unlike wines, spirits and high-proof whiskeys and liquors do not age once they are bottled. Glass Date I always save this for a last resort, but look at the bottom of your bottle. Similar tags were attached to each bale up to the allotted amount to indicate that no tax was due on them.

These are denominated in cents per pound - sixteen cents for tobacco with stems and thirty-two cents for tobacco without them. As excise taxes have grown, so has the value of the stamps representing them. Tax strips would have been used by a company after the law for a short period of time until they came up to code.

These stamps from the series of were intended to be used in paying the tax for importing Heineken Beer. Some of the oddest taxpaid revenues are associated with cotton. Take these with a grain of salt. The lowest point in revenue philately was during the middle years of the twentieth century. These examples show an unused and a used example.

Chewing tobacco was often packaged in tinfoil, or lead coated in tinfoil. Beginning in there were classes of cigarettes as well as cigars, but depending upon weight per thousand. Some countries such as Great Britain have issued stamps valid for both postage and revenue, but this practice is now rare.

As well as providing visible proof of tax payment, their very presence acts, to some extent, as a guarantee that the product is genuine. Though if the numbers have faded you can ball-park it by looking at the verbiage on the strip itself. The codes may then be used to verify the product in remote locations and provide key data on source, destination and authenticity.