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Sale 1182 — United States and Confederate States Postal History

Sale Date — Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

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Category — Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
224°
c
Sale Number 1182, Lot Number 224, Confederate and Civil War: Postmasters' Provisionals (Albany Ga. thru Houston Tex.)Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2), Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2)Athens Ga., 5c Red (5X2). Type II recut, large even margins all around, beautiful rich color and fine impression, lightly tied by grid cancel, "Athens Ga. Paid Mar. 31" (1862) circular datestamp on fresh white envelope (Washington D.C. stationer's embossing on back) to Mrs. Howell Cobb, in care of Col. John B. Lamar, Macon Ga., stamp slightly roughened at upper right corner, lifted to apply tiny reinforcement in margin, corner of envelope neatly mended (prior to Caspary sale and noted in that auction description)

EXTREMELY FINE. ONE OF THE FINEST OF THE SEVEN RECORDED COVERS BEARING THE RARE ATHENS 5-CENT RED PROVISIONAL STAMP.

Our census contains one half-cover and seven genuine covers with the 5c Red (a suspect ninth cover has since been certified as having the stamp added). This count accords with the Crown census. All genuine examples are dated in March or April 1862. In addition, we record fewer than six off-cover examples of the 5c Red. Based on margins and overall condition, this cover ranks among the three or four finest.

Pencil note on back "May 6, 1896" (prior sale date). Ex Caspary, Kilbourne and Gross

17,500
8,000
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