Sale 1191 — United States and CSA Postal History

Sale Date — Thursday, 25 October, 2018

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Category — Virginia City Pony Express

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
2094
c
Sale 1191, Lot 2094, Virginia City Pony ExpressWells, Fargo & Co. Pony Express, 25c Red (143L9). Large margins to barely in at top right, tied by blue "Wells Fargo & Co. Austin N.T. (Jan.) 30" (1865) oval datestamp on 3c Pink on Buff entire (U35) with Wells, Fargo & Co. black printed frank to Philadelphia Pa., carried westward to San Francisco by Pony Express via Carson City, probably arrived Jan. 31 or Feb. 1, stamp additionally tied by blue "Wells, Fargo & Cos. Express S. Frco. 3 Feb." double-circle datestamp, carried on the PMSS Golden Age to Panama, which sailed from San Francisco on Feb. 3, the absence of postal markings indicates this was delivered outside the mails to the addressee in Philadelphia, stamp with light soiling

VERY FINE. THIS IS THE ONLY RECORDED VIRGINIA CITY PONY EXPRESS COVER THAT WAS CARRIED TO THE EAST COAST, EITHER BY OVERLAND MAIL OR, IN THIS CASE, BY STEAMER VIA PANAMA. AN IMPORTANT POSTAL HISTORY RARITY.

This cover originated in Austin, Nevada Territory, and was datestamped by the Wells, Fargo & Company office on January 30, 1865 (the “0” of date is readable). It traveled west on the Virginia City Pony Express route to San Francisco, a 24-hour express trip, which probably arrived on January 31 or February 1. The San Francisco office applied the large double-circle datestamp with a February 3 date, which is the day the PMSS steamer Golden Age sailed for Panama, carrying $1,222,311.85 in "treasure." This cover was handled by Wells, Fargo & Co. without ever entering the government mail stream. It is the only recorded Virginia City Pony Express cover that was carried to the East Coast.

Ex Dale-Lichtenstein and Walske. With 2006 P.F. certificate

E. 10,000-15,000
12,000