PHOTO MOMENT: Armenian tax stamps by Vachagan

For the past few weeks I have corresponded with a cigarette pack collector in Armenia by the name of Vachagan. He and I have set up a swapping exchange whereby I will send him empty cigarette boxes in return for excise tax stamps from his home country. You may remember a previous Photo Moment of excise tax stamps for tobacco based on my exchanges with the renowned Russian collector Andrey Vasiunin. It was through Andrey’s collection website that Vachagan contacted me. Vachagan recently sent me an email with attachments of the stamps he will allow me to choose from and … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Armenian tax stamps by Vachagan

PHOTO MOMENT: From Russia with…cigarette tax stamps!

Vijay Shah Today’s photo moment is dedicated to the humble cigarette tax stamp. Cigarette tax stamps, also known as excise stamps, tobacco stamps, mini-banknotes and banderols, are special stamps issued by nation-states for the indication of payment of excise duties or governmental taxes on cigarettes and tobacco. Similar stamps are also used for alcoholic products. The stamps are important for the fact that they show that the manufacturer of the product has paid all the relevant financial duties and taxes to sell tobacco products, which are of course taxed due to the harm they can cause to human health.  Tax … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: From Russia with…cigarette tax stamps!