Sale 846 — 2002 Rarities of the World
Sale Date — Saturday, 18 May, 2002
Category — Local Posts and Independent Mails
ONE OF THE RAREST OF ALL LOCAL POST STAMPS -- PERHAPS THREE OR FOUR GENUINE EXAMPLES EXIST.
Researchers have argued over the origins of this post, but the best evidence available indicates that it was run briefly in 1856 as American Express Co. (no relation to the well-known firm by the name name) by proprietors Smith and Dobson, and was changed to Smith's City Express Post after Dobson departed. Several excellent forgeries of this stamp exist, but we are confident that this example is genuine, although it is a typographic variation with 15 fleur ornaments (instead of 14). This is the only recorded example with the "Paid" cancel.