HONG KONG, 1863, 24c Green (18).
Used with 2c Brown (8), 4c Slate (10) and wing margin pair of 8c Orange Buff (13),
tied by "B62" in barred oval cancels on 1866 cover to Milo, Maine, matching Hong Kong Apr. 15 backstamp, red crayon "21" for credit to U.S. and "1" colonial credit, London transit and red "Portland Me. Am. Pkt. Paid May 17" exchange office
circular datestamp, May 18 receipt docketing, one stamp has minor pre-use tear at bottom
VERY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND STRIKING FOUR-COLOR FRANKING OF THE HONG KONG 1863 ISSUE ON COVER TO MAINE, BEARING A CLEAR STRIKE OF THE SCARCE PORTLAND EXCHANGE OFFICE MARKING.
This cover overpays by 1c the 45c British mail rate via Suez and Southampton
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