NEW ZEALAND, 1865, 4p Yellow (35; SG 120).
Horizontal pair, used with 1871, 2p Orange and 6p Blue (40-41; SG 133, 135),
tied by "NZ Hokitika AU 28 73" and barred "C21" duplex datestamps on cover to Columbus, Ohio,
Christchurch, London and New York transit datestamps, one 4p stamp with minor rubbing and corner crease of no consequence, faint overall aging to cover
VERY FINE AND RARE THREE-COLOR CHALON HEAD FRANKING USED FROM HOKITIKA TO THE UNITED STATES.
Hokitika is located on the west coast of the South Island. This township was founded in 1864 and served as the center for the West Coast Gold Rush. Just months after this cover was posted on Dec. 1, 1873, Hokitika became the capital of the short-lived province of Westland.
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