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Sale 811 — 1999 Rarities of the World

Sale Date — Saturday, 15 May, 1999

Category — Local Posts

Lot
Symbol
Photo/Description
Cat./Est. Value
Realized
9
ng
Sale Number 811, Lot Number 9, Local PostsMenant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1), Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1)Menant & Co. Express Post, New Orleans La., 2c Dark Red (104L1). Unused (no gum), large margins all around, light vertical crease

VERY FINE APPEARANCE. ONE OF FOUR RECORDED EXAMPLES OF THE MENANT & CO. LOCAL POST STAMP. A GREAT PHILATELIC RARITY.

The Scott Catalogue contains a footnote to No. 104L1 that reads "Only one genuine example is known. It has a Philatelic Foundation certificate." The stamp offered here also has a certificate, and it is the second of two stamps certified genuine by the Philatelic Foundation. There is a total of four in our records (all unused): 1) ex Souren, illustrated in The Great Mail (p. 133); 2) ex Middendorf (faults incl. hole at top right); 3) ex Caspary (thins) and 4) the stamp offered here, which is a recent discovery.

According to The Great Mail, Menant & Co.'s Express Post commenced operations in 1853 at 21 Conti Street and were still in business as late as 1856, although at a different address, 118 Exchange Place, near the post office.

With 1998 P.F. certificate. Scott Retail $3,500.00

E. 7,500-10,000
22,000
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