Canada Customs Raw Leaf Tobacco

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In the late 19th century some of the world’s greatest engravers worked for the American Bank Note Company. In 1897 they did some of their finest work on postage and revenue stamps for Canada honoring the 60th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. In my mind their most beautiful creation, and perhaps the most beautiful engraved stamp ever, was this relatively obscure Tobacco Revenue stamp. The stamp measures almost 4 inches on a side and the detail is incredible.

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