Sale 1264 — The Stephen Rose Collection of 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue
Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
Category — Foreign Uses: Germany, Austria, Switzerland
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE 1869 ISSUE COMBINATION FRANKING TO SWITZERLAND WITH A FASCINATING ARRAY OF MARKINGS.
From April 1868 through April 30, 1870, the rate to Switzerland via British Closed Mail was 15c. Effective May 1, 1870, eleven days after this was mailed, the rate was lowered to 10c. There was also a 20c rate via NGU Closed Mail which ended two years earlier in April 1868. The sender affixed 20c postage on this cover, either for the old NGU rate or for a double-rate letter at the soon-to-be-implemented 10c British Closed Mail rate. The deficiency as a double 15c rate letter was detected at the New York exchange office and the blue "50" marking next to the 2c stamp indicates the 50 centimes underpayment (U.S. 10c).
Ex Kuphal and Gross.