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Sale 1196 — United States Postal History

Sale Date — Monday-Wednesday, 11-13 March, 2019

Category — Greece

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
1373
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1373, Greece30c Orange (38), 30c Orange (38)30c Orange (38). Used with 12c Black, Plate 3 (36B), tied together by bold red grid cancel on small fresh cover to Athens, Greece, 12c additionally tied by red boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, reverse with red "New York Am. Pkt. Dec. 3" (1860) circular datestamp and faint Athens circular datestamp struck in ultramarine, neat March 9, 1861 docketing at left, magenta "19" credit below stamps, manuscript due markings front and back, small piece out of backflap and small edge tear at top

EXTREMELY FINE. A BEAUTIFUL AND EXCEEDINGLY RARE USE OF THE 30-CENT 1860 ISSUE TO GREECE.

This stunning cover, from the Reverend Hill find, was sent prepaid for the 42c Prussian Closed Mail rate. Our computerized records contain just one other cover to Greece with the 30c stamp, a single on a cover from the Rev. Hill correspondence, mailed in May 1861.

Ex Bilden and "Sevenoaks".

E. 5,000-7,500
5,250
1374
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1374, Greece30c Orange (71), 30c Orange (71)30c Orange (71). Used with 10c Green (68), tied by crossroads cancels on cover to Syra, Greece, part strike of red New York Br. Pkt circular datestamp with November date, manuscript "Per Canada" ship directive which corresponds to the sailing of that Cunarder on Nov. 9, 1864, arriving Queenstown Nov. 21, magentia manuscript "17" credit, magenta boxed "Aachen Franco" transit datestamp, blurry strike of transit backstamp which appears to be "26/11" which would further confirm carriage on the 1864 sailing of the Canada, blue manuscript due marking, 30c with minor corner crease

VERY FINE USE OF THE 30-CENT AND 10-CENT 1861 ISSUE ON COVER TO GREECE. A VERY RARE DESTINATION IN THIS PERIOD.

The cover is franked to pay the 40c rate via Prussian Closed Mail, which was established beginning in May 1863. Covers to Greece in this period are extremely rare.

E. 2,000-3,000
8,000
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1375
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1375, Greece12c Dull Violet (151), 12c Dull Violet (151)12c Dull Violet (151). Used with pair of 2c Red Brown (146), tied by two neat strikes of New York Foreign Mail Geometric cancel (Weiss TR-C5) on cover to U.S. Consul in Piraeus, Greece, red "New York Paid All Oct. 7" (1871) circular datestamp, red B.F. Stevens Despatch Agent London double oval datestamp, crayon rates and red boxed "Bremen Franco" transit datestamp, enclosures include original letter and calling card from Clews, Habight & Co. Banking House N.Y., 12c with light corner crease, right 2c with cut at bottom, cover reduced at left, otherwise Very Fine, a scarce use of this NYFM cancel on a cover to Greece, ex Boker

E. 1,000-1,500
1,400
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1376
c
Sale Number 1196, Lot Number 1376, Greece15c Bright Orange (152), 15c Bright Orange (152)15c Bright Orange (152). Tied by circle of wedges cancel, red "New York Paid All Jan. 26?" circular datestamp on cover to Professor Edward North as part of American Legation in Athens, Greece, blue "American Board Bible House, Foreign Missions New York, Jan. 26, 1872" oval datestamp, red crayon "8" credit, blue crayon "f3" German credit, "P.D." handstamp, Trieste transit and Athens receiving backstamps, Very Fine cover to a scarce destination, prepaid 15c for NGU Closed Mail to Greece, ex Albert and Weiss

E. 300-400
350
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