EXTREMELY FINE. THE EARLIEST DATED EXAMPLE OF A GOLIAD PROVISIONAL AND ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE FOUR 10-CENT TYPE II GOLIAD COVERS AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS.
Of the eight Goliad 10c Type II (29X7) stamps in our records, five are used on covers, including an uncancelled stamp on a cover in the Tapling collection at the British Library, which leaves four covers available to collectors. Only three of the four covers have stamps tied by the town datestamp or "Paid" straightline. In addition to the normal 10c Type II, there are two other covers with the Type II "GOILAD" spelling error.
The earliest recorded date for any Goliad provisional is October 21, 1863, but it is our theory that the Type I provisionals were issued in 1861, followed in 1863 by a new provisional stamp printing from the Type II settings, which contain the postmaster's name and title. Therefore, this cover is more accurately described as the earliest known date for any Type II provisional.
Ex Hessel and Hill. With 1998 P.F. certificate ("genuine")