Sale 1264 — The Stephen Rose Collection of 2c 1869 Pictorial Issue
Sale Date — Wednesday, 28 September, 2022
Category — Foreign Uses: Belgium, Holland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden
EXTREMELY FINE. A COLORFUL AND EXTREMELY RARE CORRECTLY PAID 14-CENT RATE 1869 PICTORIAL FRANKING TO SWEDEN.
Assuming the date on the faint Hamburg Franco datestamp noted above is correct, this was likely carried on the HAPAG Silesia, departing New York January 11, 1870, and arriving Plymouth January 20. 1869 Pictorial Issue covers to Sweden are very scarce, but only a handful are correctly franked for the 14c NGU rate via Hamburg. The 4c credit was applied to the transit from Hamburg to Sweden.
Illustrated and discussed in Michael Laurence's Ten-Cent 1869 Covers: A Postal Historical Survey (p. 222). Ex Downing and Coulter.