Sale 1072 — The New Helvetia Collection of Western Expresses
Sale Date — Tuesday, 24 June, 2014
Category — Foreign Mails
EXTREMELY FINE. REPORTED TO BE ONE OF ONLY TWO EXAMPLES OF THE RARE SAN FRANCISCO "FOREIGN" HANDSTAMP ON MAIL FROM NEW SOUTH WALES.
From August to November 1864, the San Francisco post office incorrectly applied the 10c contract steamship rate to letters received from non-contract vessels and used the "FOREIGN" marking on letters arriving from foreign countries and addressed to United States destinations. Only two such covers are reported from New South Wales.