In Pennsylvania, children less than 13 years of age cannot grant consent to sexual activity.
Teens between the ages of 13 and 15 can consent to sexual activity with peers within a four-year age range.
As a result evasion of the 1862 law was widespread and an ongoing battle between cigar makers and tax officials began.
As a result, in 1863, cigars became one of the first products for which paper revenue stamps were issued to indicate goods upon which taxes had been paid.
Inspectors were no longer required to hand sign the stamps.
This issue is rare on or off boxes in any denomination, especially 250 and 500. The short-lived issue of 1868 is another you will seldom find on a box.
Issued in the standard five denominations, only the 100 turns up with much regularity on boxes.
The 1868 stamp used on imported cigars is very similar to the distinctive brown issue, but the word “imported” replaces “100 cigars.”The mid-1869 issue was used until mid-1872.
The 50 is found with two different portraits, that of Fessenden for the first two years, Waite during the last.
The last of the pre Golden Age stamps appeared in 1875 and was used on boxes until it was replaced with an all new style and design in 1878.
Note the cancelation stamped on the 100; this is the first issue to mandate rubber stamp cancellations rather than hand written signatures. When used, all these early issues wrap onto all four sides of a box.