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United States
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2019-09-25
Outstanding Pony Express Covers from the George J. Kramer Collection
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Sale Number 1207, Lot Number 16, Pony Express Covers, The famous and unique $4.00 Green Pony Express cover

Wells Fargo & Company Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 15, large margins to clear at left, used with $2.00 Red (143L1), Position 3, clear to ample margins except in at top, tied by clear strike of "Pony Express, San Francisco, Jun. 26" (1861) Running Pony oval datestamp on 10¢ Green on Buff Star Die entire (U33) addressed to Eugene Kelly & Co., 164 Fulton Street, New York City, embossed Donohoe, Ralston & Company corner card beneath stamps, sender's directive "Pony Express June 26th" and carried on the Pony trip that departed San Francisco on Wednesday, June 26, 1861, and arrived in St. Joseph on July 8, entered the mails with bold green "St. Joseph Mo. Jul. 8" circular datestamp, no obvious evidence of missing stamps, but it is presumed that two 10¢ stamps were affixed overlapping the embossed stamp and were removed from the cover, since the triple $2.00 per half-ounce express fee would require corresponding triple 10¢ rate postage, Pony Express stamps have creases and sealed tears, and have been lifted and reaffixed

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED COVER WITH THE $4.00 GREEN AND ONE OF TWO WITH A COMBINATION OF HORSE & RIDER STAMPS. WIDELY REGARDED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST PONY EXPRESS COVERS AND AN IMPORTANT ARTIFACT OF WESTERN AMERICAN POSTAL HISTORY.

The Wednesday, June 26, 1861, Pony mail from San Francisco was carried on the penultimate eastbound trip during the Phase II (Interim) operational period and Rate Period 3. From April 1, through June 30, 1861, the rate for a Pony Express letter was $2.00 per half-ounce. The $2.00 Red and $4.00 Green Horse & Rider stamps were issued in April 1861 by Wells Fargo & Company for use on mail from the West. On July 1, the new government mail contract for overland mail on the Central Route and the Pony Express took effect, and the rate was reduced to $1.00 per half-ounce. A new $1.00 Red stamp was issued, and the colors of the $2.00 and $4.00 were changed to Green and Black, respectively.

The FKW census records 37 covers with the First Issue $2.00 Red (143L1) and $4.00 Green (143L2) stamps, including 36 with a single $2.00 and this unique cover with a $4.00 (and $2.00). The only other Horse & Rider combination cover is offered as lot 24--it is stamped with the July 1861 $1.00 Red and $2.00 Green.

The $2.00 and $4.00 were printed by lithography in sheets of 20 (5 wide by 4 high). Rather than build up the printing stone from intermediate transfer groups or from a primary matrix containing the denomination, the printers used a blank matrix to enter each subject on the stone for each value. This required a total of 40 transfers (20 for each value). The denomination (shaded numerals "2" and "4") then had to be individually transferred to each subject on both stones, thus requiring another 40 separate transfers. It seems incredible that experienced lithographers such as Britton & Rey did not simplify the process by using intermediate transfers. The $2.00 Green and $4.00 Black July 1861 issue were printed from the same stones used to print the April 1861 issue.

This cover originated in San Francisco and was carried by steamer to Sacramento, which was the original western terminus for the actual Pony relay, but starting with the July 7, 1860, trip, the terminus was moved to Folsom, located at the eastern end of the Sacramento Valley Railroad line. On July 1, 1861, the terminus was moved farther east to Placerville. The addressee, Eugene Kelly & Company, was a prominent banking firm. In June 1860 the banking firm of Donohoe, Ralston & Company was opened in San Francisco. The principals were Joseph Donohoe, William Ralston, Eugene Kelly and Ralph Fretz. Eugene Kelly & Company in New York served as the East Coast representative. William Ralston, the renowned California financier, lost all of his wealth in the aftermath of the Panic of 1873. He drowned while swimming in San Francisco Bay, which was attributed to a stroke, but thought by many to have been suicide.

FKW Census E105. Illustrated in Ashbrook's Special Service (pages 225-226, photo 304), Coburn, Letters of Gold (page 259), Frajola-Kramer-Walske, The Pony Express: A Postal History (page 48) and Walske-Frajola, Mails of the Westward Expansion, 1803 to 1861 (page 227). Ex C. E. Chapman (faint "CEC" handstamp at lower left), Alfred H. Caspary, Raymond H. Weill Co., Siegel 1967 and 1970 Rarities of the World sales (Sale 313, lot 165, and Sale 371, lot 216), and Dr. Leonard Kapiloff (acquired privately by George Kramer). With 1957 and 2019 Philatelic Foundation certificates.

E. 150,000-200,000
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United States
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Carriers, Locals and Independent Mails
2017-03-01
United States Stamps
 
Sale Number 1150, Lot Number 1331, Local Posts and Independent Mails: Spaulding`s thru WymanWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Large margins to just in at bottom, rich color, cancelled by well-struck blue Running Pony oval datestamp clearly showing the Running Pony, few creases and tears

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE, WITH A CLEAR STRIKE OF THE RUNNING PONY OVAL DATESTAMP. PERHAPS A HALF-DOZEN ARE KNOWN IN USED CONDITION.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen perhaps a half dozen genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

6,000
1,600
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2014-06-26
2014 Rarities of the World
 
Sale Number 1075, Lot Number 1204, Carriers and Locals, Western ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 19, clear margins to touched at bottom right, rich color, cancelled by rim and "SA" of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp, small thin spots

FRESH AND FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE. PERHAPS A HALF-DOZEN EXIST IN USED CONDITION.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen four or five genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

With 2014 P.S.E. certificate. Scott Retail at $1,250.00 fails to account for the sale of another used copy at $6,000 hammer in 2009 and the resale of the same stamp in 2013 for $13,000 hammer

E. 3,000-4,000
3,750
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2014-06-24
The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses
 
Sale Number 1072, Lot Number 46, 1860-61 Transcontinental Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 6, full to large margins, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp with trace of manuscript, tiny thin spot and small tear at left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN SIX USED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST USED COPY EXTANT.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen four genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

Ex Twigg-Smith. With 2009 P.F. certificate.

E. 5,000-7,500
6,750
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2014-05-20
United States Postal History and Confederate States
 
Sale Number 1071, Lot Number 4385, Carriers and Locals, Cont., Sanitary Fair, Christmas SealsWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 16, close margins to slightly in, rich color, neat strike of blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp at right, thinned at top right, small repair at bottom left

FINE APPEARANCE. A RARE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE. PERHAPS A HALF-DOZEN EXIST IN USED CONDITION.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen four or five genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

With 2013 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail at $1,250.00 fails to account for the sale of another used copy at $6,000 hammer in 2009 and the resale of the same stamp in 2013 for $13,000 hammer

E. 2,000-3,000
3,250
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2013-12-19
United States Postal History
 
Sale Number 1063, Lot Number 1836, Western Mails cont: Transcontinental and Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 6, full to large margins, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp with trace of manuscript, tiny thin spot and small tear at left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN SIX USED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST USED COPY EXTANT.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen four genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

Ex Twigg-Smith. With 2009 P.F. certificate.

E. 4,000-5,000
13,000
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2009-12-05
The Pony Express Collection formed by Thurston Twigg-Smith
 
Sale Number 979, Lot Number 13, Phase II (4/1/1861-6/30/1861)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 6, full to large margins, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp with trace of manuscript, tiny thin spot and small tear at left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN SIX USED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST USED COPY EXTANT.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen four genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000
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2009-12-05
The Pony Express Collection formed by Thurston Twigg-Smith
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Sale Number 979, Lot Number 14, Phase II (4/1/1861-6/30/1861)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Positions 14-15/19-20, block of four from bottom right corner of the sheet, part original gum, enormous corner sheet margins at right and bottom, others ample to just touching at top left, heavy creases with one ending in small tear between top pair, light soiling

FINE-VERY FINE OVERALL APPEARANCE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED BLOCK OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER STAMP. AN IMPORTANT PHILATELIC ARTIFACT FROM THE HISTORIC PONY EXPRESS.

A letter from Elliott Perry to Eugene Costales (in our files) describes this block as the “only one known.” We have never encountered another multiple of the $4.00 Green.

Ex Hall.

E. 15,000-20,000
35,000
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2005-06-04
2005 Rarities of the World, Part 2
 
Sale Number 896, Lot Number 617, The Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 14, full even margins, cancelled by San Francisco "Running Pony" oval datestamp ("Pony" on stamp), filled thin at lower right, Very Fine appearance, use examples of the $4.00 Green (First Issue) are extremely rare, only one cover is known

1,250
1,600
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2001-03-06
U.S. & C.S.A. Postal History
 
Sale Number 834, Lot Number 749, Wells, Fargo & Co. and Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2), Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Full margins, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp with trace of ms., tiny thin spot and minute tear, otherwise Very Fine, used examples of the $4.00 are extremely rare

800
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