First World War British Empire Stamps, Set Of 12 (Unused)
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Own the stamps that helped win the First World War

In 1915 the Canadian Government passed the “War Revenue Act”. It imposed a 1 cent levy on all mail.

Special War Tax stamps were issued to be used alongside the standard postage to show that the sender had paid their tax.

With an estimated revenue of $8,000,000 to support the War effort, it is little surprise that the rest of the British Empire soon copied the idea to help ease the financial burden of the First World War. 

A key historical philatelic link to the First World War

Colonies across the Empire followed suit during the war, with most keeping the War Tax stamps in place until around 1920. Since then these issues become one of the key historical philatelic links to the First World War.

Whilst some countries, like Canada, specifically printed War Tax Stamps, most simply overprinted existing postage stamps with the words "War Tax" or "War Stamp", unknowingly creating one of the most iconic and exclusive philatelic collecting themes. 

Limited Collections

We have been able to put together a limited number of collections of 12 examples from right across the British Empire.

When you consider that these stamps are almost 100 years old and have been gathered from right across the old British Empire, this is a very special opportunity for you to own a proper piece of First World War philatelic heritage.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity by ordering yours today!

Order Ref 185/270J/0
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  • Comes presented in a presentation folder
  • 12 Stamps in total
  • (Stamps may vary).

Numismatic pieces should be owned primarily for collector interest.
The Westminster Collection does not offer them as an investment and makes no guarantees in terms of future value.