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United States 1847 Issue Postal History


Post-Demonetization Usages
 
 
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Lot 432
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large margins to just in at upper right, late impression, tied by bold small black "Paid" in grid and red "Boston 3 cts 6 Sep." c.d.s. on 1851 folded letter to Great Falls, N.H., used more than two months after demonetization and accepted as paid by the Boston office; stamp with light pre-use crease near bottom and tiny tear, Very Fine usage. Illustrated in Alexander, p. 863.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000

ONE OF ONLY FOUR KNOWN ILLEGAL POST-DEMONETIZATION COVERS ACCEPTED AT BOSTON.

Provenance: Blake, Seven Oaks.

Very rare with these markings, which were not introduced until July 1, 1851.

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Lot 433
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), ample margins, tied by black "Paid" and matching "Jacksonville Ill. Jun. 19" c.d.s. on ca. 1852-54 cover to San Jose California, second strike of "Paid" at cover's center in addition to a manuscript "6" next to it, being a restatement of the full rate, the 5¢ stamp accepted for postage and 1¢ balance paid in cash; cover repaired and cleaned, additional pen cancel removed from stamp, Very Fine appearance.
Estimate 7,500 - 10,000

A UNIQUE POST-JULY 1, 1851 TRANSCONTINENTAL USAGE.

Expertization: 1979 and 2000 P.F. Certificates.

Provenance: Gibson, Sampson, "Elite".
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Lot 434
 
1847, 5¢ red brown (1), large margins to cutting at bottom, fine impression, tied by clear blue "Philadelphia Pa. 5 cts. Jun 26" c.d.s. on 1852 folded letter, used one year after demonetization, to Cowdersport Pa.; file folds, Fine and very rare.
Estimate 3,000 - 4,000

ONE OF ONLY FOUR POST-DEMONETIZATION USAGES NOT ACCEPTED AS VALID POSTAGE.

Expertization: 1965 P.F. Certificate.

Provenance: Hart.

The postage rates for letters traveling under 3,000 miles after July 1, 1851 were 3¢ for prepaid and 5¢ for unpaid. The use of the c.d.s. with its integral "5 cts" rate, and the fact that the postmark was struck so as to be very clearly show this rate, leave no doubt that the stamp was not accepted as postage.

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