Sale 979 — The Pony Express Collection formed by Thurston Twigg-Smith

Sale Date — Saturday, 5 December, 2009

Category — Phase II (4/1/1861-6/30/1861)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
13
 
Sale 979, Lot 13, Phase II (4/1/1861-6/30/1861)Wells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, $4.00 Green (143L2). Position 6, full to large margins, cancelled by blue San Francisco Running Pony oval datestamp with trace of manuscript, tiny thin spot and small tear at left

EXTREMELY FINE APPEARANCE. FEWER THAN SIX USED EXAMPLES OF THE $4.00 GREEN HORSE & RIDER FIRST ISSUE HAVE BEEN REPORTED. THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE FINEST USED COPY EXTANT.

The $4.00 Green was used briefly during Rate Period 3 to pay the double $2.00 per half-ounce rate. Only one cover is recorded (FKW Census No. E105), and we have seen four genuinely cancelled stamps off cover.

E. 4,000-5,000
6,000