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Sale 371 — 1970 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 March, 1970

Category — Pony Express Covers

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
216
c
Sale Number 371, Lot Number 216, Pony Express CoversWells Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $4.00 Green (143L1,  143L2), Wells Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $4.00 Green (143L1,  143L2)Wells Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Red, $4.00 Green (143L1, 143L2). Tied together by Clear, Blue "Running Pony" oval, "San Francisco, June 26" with Green "St. Joseph, Mo., July 8" pmk. on 10c Green on Buff, Star Die Entire (U33) to. New York, THE CELEBRATED AND UNIQUE COVER, the only $4.00 Green Pony Cover Known, Ex-Caspary and with P.F. Certificate. The $2.00 is just in at top, the $4.00 with excellent margins except tip of U.L. corner. Stamps and cover have minor faults, which are of no consequence since this cover is unique. The stamps, at one time, have been removed from and replaced on the cover, as noted by the late Stanley B. Ashbrook in an exhaustive study of this cover published in the "Ashbrook Special Service" Issue No. 76, July 1, 1957, pages 615-617. Ashbrook, like ourselves, disagrees with the contention in the Caspary catalogue that additional postage stamps were removed from the cover. He states there is no evidence of this whatsoever and offers an explanation that heavier enclosures were intended but not included. We suggest that the Wells, Fargo, & Co. advertisements of the Pony Service may have been followed literally. They stated, and we quote, "Letters must be enclosed in Ten Cent Government Envelopes and Pony Postage Prepaid". Thus the additional postage required for a letter over 1 oz. (20c) was inadvertently or deliberately omitted. Other Pony Express covers are known with such inconsistencies between Pony charge and Government rates. Thus either our analysis or Ashbrook's is most likely the correct solution. A wonderful cover and an incomparable rarity of the first magnitude

E. 2,000-5,000
4,000
217
c
Wells Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $1.00 Red (143L3). Large margins to least bit in at L & T, tied by clear Blue "Running Pony" oval of San Francisco, on 10c Green Entire (U15) with Red W.F. & Co., printed frank, "St. Joseph, Mo.," pmk. to N.Y., Fresh, Extremely Choice, Unlisted and unpriced on the Die 1, #U15

E. 1,000-2,000
2,000
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218
c
Sale Number 371, Lot Number 218, Pony Express CoversWells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4), Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, $2.00 Green (143L4). Large margins to just clear at B., tied by clear Blue "Running Pony" oval of San Francisco on 10c Green on Buff Entire (U41) with Red printed W.F. & Co., frank and a Fine 10c Dark Green "August Shade" to. pay the additional 10c postage to Salem, Mass. Stamps also tied by "Atchison, Kan." pmk. negligible cover tears; one of the finest Pony covers known and one of only two $2.00 Green covers on record, Ex-Barkhausen

4,000
11,000
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219
c
Sale Number 371, Lot Number 219, Pony Express CoversWells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8), Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8)Wells, Fargo & Co., Pony Express, 25c Blue (143L8). Margins all around, tied by Blue "Virginia City, N.T." oval on 3c Red on Buff Entire (U10) with W.F. & Co., printed frank at L. used to Nevada City, CaI., Very Fine & Rare, Unpriced

E. 1,000-2,000
1,300
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220
c
Sale Number 371, Lot Number 220, Pony Express Covers, Putts Overland Envelope, Pacific Railroad Propaganda Cover, with poem on back and Propaganda story on face; Used, stampless, from Sacramento City, CaI., to Scotland, with various rate and transit pmks. A few cover tears, flap gone, yet attractive and Extremely Scarce

E. 250-300
250
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