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US Revenue Stamps


Stock Transfer Stamps of 1918-1940

New stock transfer US revenue stamps began appearing in 1918.  Stock transfer stamps were issued for the purpose of collecting federal taxes on sales, transfers, and certificates of stock.  

All stock transfer stamps from 1918 to 1940 are US documentary stamps that are overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER".

On this page, the illustrations for each major issue type are shown only once.  Any production varieties will be noted in the catalog detail tables following each group.


The cent-denomination documentary US revenue stamps of 1917 shown above were overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER", in sans-serif letters, between 1918 and 1928.  There is also a 1 C. denomination, which is not shown in the image above.

The catalog details for stamps that are perforated 11 are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD1) - Carmine (shades).
  • 02 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD2) - Carmine (shades).
  • 04 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD3) - Carmine (shades).
  • 05 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD4) - Carmine (shades).
  • 10 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD5) - Carmine (shades).
  • 20 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD6) - Carmine (shades).
  • 25 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD7) - Carmine (shades).
  • 40 C.  (1922 - Sc. #RD8) - Carmine (shades).
  • 50 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD9) - Carmine (shades).
  • 80 C.  (1918 - Sc. #RD10) - Carmine (shades).

The catalog details for stamps that are perforated 10 are as follows:

  • 02 C.  (1928 - Sc. #RD25) - Carmine (shades).
  • 04 C.  (1928 - Sc. #RD26) - Carmine (shades).
  • 10 C.  (1928 - Sc. #RD27) - Carmine (shades).
  • 20 C.  (1928 - Sc. #RD28) - Carmine (shades).
  • 50 C.  (1928 - Sc. #RD29) - Carmine (shades).


The dollar-denomination documentary US revenue stamps of 1917 shown above were overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER", in vertical sans-serif letters, reading upward, between 1918 and 1928.

Scarcer varieties of the 1 D., 2 D., 5 D., and 20 D. denomination stamps have the overprint reading downward.  The first 1 D. denomination stamp shown above is one of these varieties.

The catalog details for stamps that are perforated 11 are as follows:

  • 01 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD11) - Green (red overprint).
  • 01 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD12) - Green, Yellow Green (black overprint).
  • 02 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD13) - Rose.
  • 03 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD14) - Violet.
  • 04 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD15) - Yellow Brown.
  • 05 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD16) - Dark Blue.
  • 10 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD17) - Orange.
  • 20 D.  (1921 - Sc. #RD18) - Olive Bister.

The catalog details for stamps that are perforated 10 are as follows:

  • 01 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD30) - Green, Yellow Green.
  • 02 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD31) - Rose.
  • 10 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD32) - Orange.


The high-denomination documentary US revenue stamps of 1917 shown above were overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER", in sans-serif letters, in 1918.

The catalog details are as follows:

  • 0030 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD19) - Vermilion (serial numbers in green or blue) - Ulysses S. Grant.
  • 0050 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD20) - Olive Green - Grover Cleveland.
  • 0060 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD21) - Brown - Abraham Lincoln.
  • 0100 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD22) - Green - George Washington.
  • 0500 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD23) - Blue (serial numbers in red or orange) - Alexander Hamilton.
  • 1000 D.  (1918 - Sc. #RD24) - Orange - James Madison.


The documentary stamps shown above were overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER", in horizontal serif letters, in 1920.

The catalog details for stamps that are perforated 11 are as follows:

  • 02 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD33) - Carmine (shades).
  • 10 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD34) - Carmine (shades).
  • 20 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD35) - Carmine (shades).
  • 50 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD36) - Carmine (shades).
  • 01 D.  (1920 - Sc. #RD37) - Green
  • 02 D.  (1920 - Sc. #RD38) - Rose.

The catalog details for stamps that are perforated 10 are as follows:

  • 02 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD39) - Carmine (shades).
  • 10 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD40) - Carmine (shades).
  • 20 C.  (1920 - Sc. #RD41) - Carmine (shades).


Documentary US revenue stamps of 1917 were machine-overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER" and "Series 1940", as shown in the two examples above, during 1940.

The catalog details are as follows:

  • 01 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD42) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 02 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD43) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 04 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD45) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 05 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD46) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 10 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD48) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 20 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD49) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 25 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD50) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 40 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD51) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 50 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD52) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 80 C.  (1940 - Sc. #RD53) - Rose Pink (shades).
  • 01 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD54) - Green.
  • 02 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD55) - Rose.
  • 03 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD56) - Violet.
  • 04 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD57) - Yellow Brown.
  • 05 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD58) - Dark Blue.
  • 10 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD59) - Orange.
  • 20 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD60) - Olive Bister.


The high-denomination Documentary US revenue stamps of 1917 were machine-overprinted "STOCK TRANSFER" and hand-stamped "Series 1940" during 1940.  An example of the $1,000 denomination is shown above.

The catalog details are as follows:

  • 0030 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD61) - Vermilion - Ulysses S. Grant.
  • 0050 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD62) - Olive Green - Grover Cleveland.
  • 0060 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD63) - Brown - Abraham Lincoln.
  • 0100 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD64) - Green - George Washington.
  • 0500 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD65) - Blue - Alexander Hamilton.
  • 1000 D.  (1940 - Sc. #RD66) - Orange - James Madison.





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