10c Yellow (116).
Horizontal strip of three, tied by three strikes of Skull fancy cancel
and "Newark N.J. Apr. 5" (1870) circular datestamp on cover with printed address to "Rev. James S. Dennis, Beirut, Syria",
with printed "French Mail via Marseilles" at bottom left, red "5" in circle credit handstamp, red "Verviers/Coeln/Franco" transit datestamp (Apr. 18), blue "f" German rate marking, "Berutti" receiving datestamp, very minor cover repair at top, some perf flaws at top, most of top flap removed
FINE. ONE OF THREE RECORDED 10-CENT 1869 PICTORIAL COVER TO SYRIA WITH A TRIPLE FRANKING. THIS IS THE ONLY COVER TO SYRIA WITH THE SKULL FANCY CANCEL OF NEWARK.
The 30c French Mail rate to Syria was in effect until December 31, 1869. There are ten 10c 1869 covers to Syria (eight listed in the 1869 PRA Census), but only two were prepaid 30c for the French Mail rate while it was in effect. The cover offered here is the only example with three stamps sent via North German Union Mail, despite the printed route instructions at lower left.
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