10c Yellow (116).
Radiant color, almost perfect centering with wide margins, cancelled by clear strike of "Hiogo, Japan"
double-circle handstamp, Extremely Fine Gem, a superb stamp combining outstanding centering with a very desirable Japan cancel, the U.S. Post Office opened in Hiogo in 1868, one year after those in Yokohama and Nagasaki, and was in operation until December 1874; the rate was 10c to the U.S., 3c or 6c between Treaty Ports and additional rates to Europe, ex Kirke, with 1996 and 2005 P.F. certificates (XF-Superb 95), with 2007 P.S.E. certificate (XF-Superb 95; SMQ $1,050.00 as normal cancel)
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