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governmentissued stamp

Stamp

[stamp]
A stamp is a distinctive mark or impression made upon an object, for instance those made on a piece of paper and used to indicate the prepayment of a fee or tax. Types of stamps include:

  • Postage stamps, used on mail
  • Revenue stamps, often used on documents; they are superficially similar to postage stamps, but may have very high denominations
  • Philately is the study of postage and revenue stamps
  • Stamp collecting is the extremely popular hobby of collecting postage stamps.
  • Rubber stamps, devices used to apply inked markings to objects
  • Seal (device), used by notary publics or other authorities for identification purposes
  • A coupon, voucher, or electronic record of the right to a benefit, for example, Ration stamps and food stamps

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