VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF THE MOST OUTSTANDING FIRST DAY COVERS OF THE CONFEDERATE POSTAL SYSTEM -- WITH THE JEFFERSON DAVIS MEDALLION PATRIOTIC DESIGN AND HENRY GRAYS REGIMENTAL SLOGAN.
Covers postmarked on June 1, 1861 -- the first day of the Confederate postal system -- are rare and very desirable. Only four Patriotic covers with June 1 postmarks are known to us, including one offered in Kilbourne Part One (Sale 1186, lot 540) and the covers offered in the previous two lots. This cover would make an excellent companion to the outstanding Corinth Miss. Jefferson Davis Patriotic cover used on May 31, 1861, the last day of U.S. rates in the Confederacy (see Siegel Sale 795, lot 36).
With 1999 C.S.A. certificate stating "Genuine June 1, 1861 usage". With 2018 P.F. certificate also confirming the June 1, 1861 usage and noting the reinforced corners