24c Lilac (78).
Used with two singles of 30c Orange (71),
tied by segmented cork cancels and 1865 receipt docketing on cover to Christ Church, New Zealand,
red "Boston Br. Pkt. Paid 8 Aug." (1865) backstamp and crayon "74/2" credit to Great Britain for double rate, red London transit and Christ Church arrival datestamps (Oct. 21), top 30c stamp with some minor perf flaws, slightly reduced at right and small edge nicks, Fine appearance and very scarce use to New Zealand at this time, also a most unusual 84c "double" rate, the rate by British Mail to New Zealand via Marseilles was 39c for up to one half ounce, double that would be 78c but French rate progressions were calculated by -1/4 ounce, so this cover must have weighed between -1/2 and -3/4 ounces, therefore the rate was calculated as the sum of double 12c British transit, double 16c transatlantic, double 5c U.S. and triple
6c French transit, for a total of 84c
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