VERY FINE AND CHOICE STAMP ON A COVER TO NEW TORK. RARELY SEEN TIED SOLELY BY THE RED CIRCULAR DATESTAMP AND WITHOUT A PEN CANCEL. A BEAUTIFUL ST. LOUIS "BEARS" PROVISIONAL COVER.
The St. Louis "Bears" were issued by Postmaster John M. Wimer from November 1845 until the first United States General Issue became available in July 1847. The stamps were issued in three denominations -- 5c and 10c at first and a 20c denomination later -- and were sold at a premium over face value to pay the cost of printing.
USCPS Census no. 21115. Ex Seybold (with his backstamps) and Haub ("Erivan"). With 1974 Balasse and 2019 P.F. certificates. Scott value $14,000.00 for on-cover with the usual pen cancellation