$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), rich color, tied by clear "Philadelphia Pa. Jun. 24 3-30PM 1898" wavy-line machine cancel on immaculate cover to Mr. E. J. Clinton in Ocean City, New Jersey, clear "Ocean City N.J., Rec'd Jun. 26, 1898" receiving datestamp on back
Very Fine. This is the earliest recorded use of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi--one of the most important cover rarities of the early United States commemorative issues.
The Trans-Mississippi Exposition was open to the public from June 1 to November 1, 1898. The stamps were not ready in time for the opening, and the official First Day of Issue was June 17.
First Day covers with the Trans-Mississippi Issue are rare. The following quantities are recorded or estimated by Henry Scheuer: 1¢: 4-5 used alone (plus 4 in combination); 2¢: 12+ used alone (plus 3 in combination); 4¢: One used alone (plus 3 in combination); 5¢: One used alone (plus 3 in combination); 8¢: Two used alone (plus one in combination); 10¢: One used alone (plus one in combination); 50¢: One (used alone); $1.00: One (used alone); $2.00: None known. In the absence of a $2.00 First Day Cover after 121 years, this June 22 cover is of paramount importance and likely to remain the earliest documented use.
Ex Dr. Jerome Motto ("Vanguard" collection, Rumsey Sale 11, 4/26-29/2001, lot 3633, where acquired by William H. Gross). With 2001 P.S.E. certificate.
$2.00 Trans-Mississippi (293), choice centering with well-proportioned margins, used with two 1¢ Trans-Mississippi (285) and 4¢ Trans-Mississippi (287), latter straight edge at right, tied by "New York" oval cancels, purple "Registered Oct. 31, 1898, Branch P.O. Station S, New York, N.Y." boxed datestamp on large blue linen-lined cover to Paris, France, New York registry label, "New York, N.Y. Reg'y Div. 10-31 1898" oval datestamps on back, Paris (November 9) receiving backstamps, slightly reduced at left, missing 1.5 inches of back at left
Very Fine--the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi stamp is Extremely Fine. A colorful and rare franking. This is the only recorded use of the $2.00 Trans-Mississippi issue to France.
Illustrated in Neil, The Trans-Mississippi Issue of 1898 (p. 161).
FINE BLOCK OF FOUR OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE, WITH THE BOTTOM STAMPS IN MINT NEVER-HINGED CONDITION.
Scott Retail as singles
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL MINT NEVER-HINGED PLATE NUMBER SINGLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI.
With 1990 P.F. certificate
FRESH AND EXTREMELY FINE USED EXAMPLE OF THE $2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE WITH A VIGNETTE-FREE CANCEL.
With 2003 P.F. and 2006 P.S.E. certificates (XF 90; SMQ $2,500.00). Only six grade higher (all at 95) -- in our opinion, this stamp deserves a grade of XF-Superb 95
EXTREMELY FINE ORIGINAL-GUM EXAMPLE OF THE 2.00 TRANS-MISSISSIPPI ISSUE.
With 2018 P.F. certificate