EXTREMELY FINE AND A MOST REMARKABLE PIECE, SHOWING THE PROPER MIXED FRANKING FOR THE PRINTED-MATTER RATE, FRANKED WITH ONE OF THE RAREST NUMERAL ISSUES IN USED CONDITION
From July 1863 the United States postage for printed matter (open circulars, newspapers, etc.) was 2c. The rate from Hawaii remained at 2c. In this instance, we have a large part of a newspaper wrapper, franked with the correct combination of 2c U.S. and 2c Hawaiian postage. The 1863 2c Black on Gray Blue Numeral is scarce unused and extremely rare in used condition - we know of no examples on cover - and the mixed franking for this rate is unique within the entire Numeral Issue.
With 1978 H.P.S. certificate
ONE OF THREE RECORDED MULTIPLES OF THIS RARE NUMERAL ISSUE, OF WHICH ONLY TWO USED PAIRS ARE AVAILABLE TO COLLECTORS
Only two other mutliples are recorded: an unused block in the Tapling collection at the British Library and another used pair shown in the Caspary sale (lot 238). This pair is the finer of the two known, and, of course, only these pairs are available to collectors. For a stamp of such great rarity in used condition, the survival of a multiple is truly remarkable.