Revenue Society
The Revenue Society was formed in 1990 and is the only international philatelic society which covers revenue stamp
Revenue stamp
A revenue stamp, tax stamp or fiscal stamp is a adhesive label used to collect taxes or fees on documents, tobacco, alcoholic drinks, drugs and medicines, playing cards, hunting licenses, firearm registration, and many other things...

s of the whole world. The society is also noted for the particularly high quality of its journal which has published many articles on subjects about which little or nothing has previously been written.

In 2007 the name of the society was shortened from The Revenue Society of Great Britain to just The Revenue Society in order to make the international nature of the society clear.


The first committee meeting took place at the East India Club in London on 3 March 1990 and the first open meeting followed on 10 May 1990. Founder members included Robson Lowe
Robson Lowe
John Harry Robson Lowe , Robbie to his friends, was an English professional philatelist, stamp dealer and stamp auctioneer.- Life and career :...

, Gary Ryan
Gary Ryan (philatelist)
Gary Sidney Ryan was an eminent philatelist who specialised in the stamps and postal history of Hungary and later in revenue stamps....

, Clive Akerman
Clive Akerman
Geoffrey Clive Akerman is an English philatelist. In 2001, Ackerman and Gavin H. Fryer won the Crawford Medal from The Royal Philatelic Society London for their work "The Reform of the Post Office in the Victorian Era and Its Impact on Economic and Social Activity"...

 and Ronald Butler.

There had previously been no revenue stamp society in the UK since the Fiscal Philatelic Society
Fiscal Philatelic Society
The Fiscal Philatelic Society was an early twentieth century philatelic society that is seen as a predecessor to today's Cinderella Stamp Club and The Revenue Society...

 ceased in 1928 and the only similar society in existence was The American Revenue Association. A revival of interest in revenue stamps had started since Robson Lowe began specific revenue auctions in the 1970s and the founder members of the society felt that the time was ripe for an organisation devoted just to revenues.


The objects of the society are:
  • To promote and encourage the collection and study of Revenue Stamps.
  • To arrange meetings where members may discuss these stamps.
  • To encourage the exhibition and display of these stamps.
  • To publish a Journal the contents of which shall relate to revenue stamps and their usage.


The membership of the society is approximately 300 from 40 different countries. Approximately half the members reside outside the UK.


The first President of the society was Robson Lowe. and the current President is David Springbett
David Springbett (philatelist)
David John Springbett is an eminent British philatelist, and former insurance broker, who signed the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists in 2004.- Philatelic activity :...



The society is particularly noted for the quarterly Revenue Journal (originally The Revenue Journal of Great Britain) under the long-time editorship of Clive Akerman which has won several awards at philatelic shows including Vermeil
Vermeil is a combination of sterling silver, gold, and other precious metals, commonly used as a component in jewelry. A typical example is sterling silver coated with 14 carat gold. To be considered vermeil, the gold must be at least 10 carat and be at least 2.5 micrometres thick...

 medals at España 06 and China 09.

Selected publications

  • Collecting and Displaying Revenue Stamps by Clive Akerman, 1995.
  • The judicial stamps of Great Britain and pre-1922 Ireland by Clive Akerman and Roger G. Booth, 1996.
  • De La Rue's QV Revenue Heads: an illustrated study linking postage with revenues before 1881 by Peter F. Mansfield, 2000.
  • Great Britain Road Tax Discs 1921-2000 by R.H. Champion, E.J. Hitchings and M. Brice, 2001.
  • The presentation of revenue stamps: taxes and duties in South America ; a display of Latin American revenue stamped paper, stamps and other material drawn from Gold Medal collections of Argentina and Brazil, and un-exhibited collections of Bolivia, Nicaragua, Peru and various other countries presented to The Royal Philatelic Society London, Thursday 18th October 2001 by Clive Akerman, 2002.
  • Court circulars: a new perspective on Ireland Petty Sessions by Peter F. Mansfield, 2003.
  • Licences and related ephemera of Great Britain 1660-1939 by R.H. Champion, E.J. Hitchings and E.A. Hall, 2004.
  • The Impressed Duty Stamps
    Impressed duty stamp
    An Impressed Duty Stamp is a form of revenue stamp created by impressing a stamp on to a document using a metal die to show that the required duty had been paid. The stamps have been used to collect a wide variety of taxes and duties, including stamp duty and duties on alcohol, financial...

     of Victoria
    by Dingle Smith and Dave Elsmore, 2006.
  • Great Britain Playing Card Tax Wrappers 1883–1960, and Waddington End of Duty Playing Card Labels by Prof. M.J. Tanner and Chris Tennant, 2007.


The society awards The Revenue Society Research Medal for research into revenue stamps and a Competition Medal. The Research Medal was first awarded in 2007 and the winner was Peter Mansfield for research into British and Northern Ireland key type revenue stamps
Key type stamp
Key type stamps are stamps of a uniform design that were widely used by colonial territories in the 19th and 20th centuries.- Origins :The idea was invented by Perkins Bacon who used it to print stamps for Trinidad , Barbados and Mauritius , all featuring the same Britannia design.- Key plate...


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