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C5 & C8 Inventories

Revenue Stamped Paper Inventories C5 and C8


by Bob Hohertz

For the holiday season what would be more fitting than inventories of some red (read pink) and green revenue imprints?

There are three choices for this exercise if one is to stay with the same Civil War imprint for both: B's, C's or L's. We have done red B's already, and the L's can wait for another day.

Red C's are not rare, though there are not many users. Green C's are - there is one known draft, one of the gems of revenue stamped paper.

An unused C5

The Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers identifies C5 as "pale red (shades)". To my eye, the color of these imprints is quite consistent from user to user. Though most of the red B imprints are a strong red, some are closer to the pale red of the red C's, so (shades) seems appropriate there, but doubtful here.

The C imprint does occur in a salmon shade, which is sometimes confused with pale red.

The Cleveland, Ohio C5 Draft

The only known C8 is shown here courtesy of Ron Lesher. He wrote about it and the travails of the Banking House of E.S. Card in the January 2008 issue of The American Stamp Dealer & Collector.