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Types of Stamps - Semi-Postal stamps

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Types of Stamps - Semi-Postal Stamps

Semi-Postal issues are stamps that have been surcharged, overprinted or inscribed with an extra charge in addition to the postage fee in order to obtain funds for various charities. Semi-postal stamps have also been used to raise taxes. The United States has issued only 2 semi-postal stamps The Heroes of 2001 to raise funds for victims of the 9/11 attack and the Breast Cancer Awareness issue of 1996 shown at the right.

Semi-postal issues are more common in European countries and this stamp issued in 1918 from the Republic of France raises funds for the Red Cross.

Example of an overprinted semi-postal stamp:
This regular issue from Sweden has been overprinted for use as a semi-postal.

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