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As a province of Finland, Åland used Finnish revenue stamps for payment of nationally mandated taxes. However, with greater self-government, starting in the 1920s, Åland had the right to levy taxes of its own and to issue its own revenue stamps. For the most part, Finnish revenue stamps that can be identified as used in Aland are very scarce -- this is due to limited applicable use (less commercial activity), cancellations that usually did not specify location, and stamps (perticularly engraved issues) that did not show cancellations clearly. Documents bearing Åland-issued revenue stamps are rare and most of the stamps are surprisingly scarce.

Ålandic and Finnish revenue stamps are cataloged (and listed here) by the 1998 Saarinen and Smith [me] catalog which is still in print and available from me. Listings that I have seen in more recently published general catalogs appears to have been taken, without permission, from our S/S work. Before that 1998 publication, I expected that the issuance of the book would result in more Åland revenues becoming available. That does not seem to have occurred. There are still many Åland revenues which I have never personally seen and more that I have seen but never actually had. Many of the 1998 prices have proven to be too low, though the relative rarity is about right with the adjustment that the rare items are even rarer than previously thought.

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Due to a single find made by me of 1970s ammunition licenses bearing 1963-issue Finnish revenue stamps, collectors can own at reasonable prices at least one type of Finnish revenue stamp on document used in Åland. These documents bear cancellations from various Åland jurisdictions -- it seems that the police were in charge of issuing the annual licenses. Virtually all known examples of these documents have filing book punch holes; it is an exception when a punch hole missed the stamps. One or more punched stamp is normal.
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218410
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamp, issued in Åland by "Polisinrattningen i Mariehamn" 2 November 1966. 2.00 Light Brownish Lilac stamp undamaged (unusual).
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19.00

218413
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamp, issued in Åland by "Polisinrattningen i Mariehamn" 14 May 1971. 4.20 Light Brownish Lilac stamp undamaged (unusual).
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19.00

218417
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamps, issued in Åland by "Ålands Polisdistrikt" in Godby, 16 March 1981. 4.00 Red Brown stamp undamaged and 2.00 Lilac stamp punched, overlapped (this office normally overlapped the stamps). Very unusual black straight-line date cancellation; I have only recorded two examples of this cancellation.
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16.00

218421
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamps, issued in Åland by the local authorities in Jomala, 10 April 1972. 1.00 Light Olive Green and .20 Green Blue stamps, undamaged (the low values are scarce on documents). Violet circular Jomala cancellation. Accidentally underfranked by .20; interesting.
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24.00

218423
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamps, issued in Åland by the local authorities in Jomala, 29 April 1972. 1.40 Light Ultramarine stamp, undamaged (unusual). Violet circular Jomala cancellation.
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19.00

218427
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamps, issued in Åland by the local authorities in Sund, 4 May 1972. 1.40 Light Ultramarine stamp, undamaged (unusual). Blue circular Sund cancellation, later type.
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19.00

218428
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Ammunition Purchase License bearing Finnish documentary revenue stamps, issued in Åland by the local authorities in Sund, 13 April 1972. 1.40 Dark Gray Blue stamp, undamaged (unusual) with paper discoloration that seems the norm for this particular printing. Blue circular Sund cancellation, later type.
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19.00

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