Are Postage Stamps Legal Tender? The only legal tender widely known is the Us currency. It is boldly written on it that “THIS NOTE IS A LEGAL TENDER FOR ALL DEBTS PUBLIC & PRIVATE.” You will never find such words on postage stamps. It only becomes legal or accepted if the mode of debt payment is with a stamp card.
History About Postage Stamp
Walking back to the US civil war, such occurrence made it impossible for the wide availability of money or any item-like element. Coins were not widely spread, as people rarely acknowledged paper money; only if it was given alongside silver or gold.
Hence, someone whose name was John Gault suggested that brass coins should have postage stamps embeddings covered with mica, to make its currency. The US government then infused a law, around 1862, that accepted the postage stamps with mica as currency, just that its value should not exceed $5. Enclosed postage stamps existed in countries like Germany, France, and a couple of others.
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USPS Mailing & Shipping Prices
As you all know USPS offers low cost on all mailing and shipping, unlike other agents, while effective service is not compromised. Below is a shortlist of the most important mail aspects and rates you will need to note before making a choice.
First, the letter stamps for standard-sized and rectangular-like envelopes cost $0.55, while the square-shaped, unusual, and large-sized envelopes are $0.75. Rectangular postcards with standard sizes are $0.36, while the international standard-sized rectangular-like envelopes cost $1.20.
Then, you have $26.35 for Priority Mail Express sent via Post Office, $22.75 for those sent via Commercial Base, and $22.75 for those sent through Commercial Plus. It costs $7.83 (but there will be an increment if your payment is made at Retail.
On a final note, postage stamps are not legal tender in any part of the world. It was just used as a means of making a currency (along with other resources like mica) during the U.S civil war when there was a shortage of coins and a legal tender was needed to make some purchases. Although, a maximum value of $5 only, has now been accepted by the U.S government.