EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MACON 2-CENT PROVISIONAL (THREE ON COVERS) AND THE FINER OF TWO COVERS ON WHICH THE STAMP IS TIED BY THE TOWN DATESTAMP. ONE OF THE RAREST STAMPS IN THE WORLD -- FAR RARER, IN FACT, THAN A HAWAIIAN 2-CENT MISSIONARY.
The Macon 2c is one of six 2c provisional stamps issued by Confederate post offices, and it is the rarest of the group (the Uniontown 2c is represented by two covers and the unique sheet of four, unused). Our records contain only four examples of the Macon 2c, including another cover to Dr. Carleton with the stamp tied by the double-circle ("2" but no month visible) -- the cover has a large piece torn from the front of the envelope (ex Caspary). The third cover is addressed locally to Col. Jno. B. Lamar with the stamp tied by a "Paid" straightline and no other markings (ex Caspary). A fourth stamp is known on piece tied by the "Paid" straightline (ex Deats, P.F. photo files).
The Crown book lists a fourth 2c cover addressed to Mrs. Howell Cobb, Athens Ga., which was attributed to the Meta Heathcote collection, but the accuracy of this listing is questionable. There is no photographic confirmation of the Heathcote cover, and, if addressed to Mrs. Howell Cobb in Athens, it should have a 5c stamp, not a 2c. A few Macon covers to Mrs. Cobb in Athens do exist (all 5c), and we feel certain that the fourth 2c cover in the Crown census is based on one of these 5c covers, which was entered with erroneous data in one of the earlier surveys. Of course, if someone can produce the fourth 2c cover, we stand corrected.
Of the three confirmed covers, this and the "Paid" cover are in comparably choice condition. Use of the town datestamp to cancel (and tie) the stamp is a desirable feature of this cover. Although the month is not visible, it is very likely to be July or August, based on other recorded covers. It is a peculiarity of the Macon datestamp that the day numeral is strongly impressed, while the month is weakly struck or altogether absent.
Ex Ferrary, Hind and Brooks. Upon dispersal of the Brooks collection, it was sold privately to A. Earl Weatherly and then privately in 1963 to the Kilbournes; therefore, this cover is offered in the open market for the first time since the 1933 Hind auction.