5c Red Brown (12).
Large margins to just touched, used with 1c Blue, Ty. V (24) and 12c Black (36),
all three stamps slightly overlapping and tied by magenta
grids, bold black "Hartford Ct. Mar. 26, 1859" circular datestamp on large part of 1859 printed "Election Returns, 1859" cover to Bethlem Conn., somewhat reduced at left, piece out at bottom right of cover and some other edge wear
VERY FINE. AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE AND LATE USAGE OF THE 5-CENT 1856 IMPERFORATE STAMP.
Our extensive census records of usages of the 5c 1856 records a total of 351 covers. Of these, ten originate in the state of Connecticut. A total of four of these ten were used on election returns in 1859, each in combination with the perforated issue. One of these has not been offered since 1976. The other two are in a private collection.
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