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    1853 13¢ Dark Red (6) used with used with 5¢ Blue (9) on cover from Honolulu to Reading, Mich., incomplete strike (Honolulu) Hawaiian-Islands c.d.s. plus handstamped "SHIP 6" and San Francisco c.d.s., June 30, 1863, the latter tying the 5¢ stamp while the 13¢ is uncancelled (and, in fact, is a replacement); some toning, edge flaws and light water stains; otherwise a Fine and rare usage.

    Estimate $3,500-$5,000

    Expertization: 2009 PF Certificate

    The prepaid rate to the U.S., east of the Rockies, was 17¢, which was normally paid with a Hawaiian 5¢ and a U.S. 12¢ stamp. However, in 1861, during a shortage of the 12¢ U.S. stamp in Lahaina, the Postmaster authorized old stock of the 13¢ to be sold for 12¢ for use on such mail. This is the so-called "mute 12¢ on 13¢ surcharge", no verified usage of which has been confirmed outside of Lahaina.

    The sender of this cover probably had some of the old 13¢ stamps lying around, which he used simply as a convenient overpayment of the 12¢ rate. The "Ship 6" due marking indicates that the San Francisco mail clerk was not aware of any authorization of the Hawaiian 13¢ stamp to pre-pay the U.S. postage.


    ‡ The owner placed a late bid on this unreserved lot and repurchased it, subject to applicable commission.

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
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