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    Exceedingly Rare 2c Black Jack with Japanese "Chop" Cancel

    ca. 1868, Yokohama, Japan to Hartford, Ct. via San Francisco. Wrapper franked with an 1863 2¢ Black (73) canceled with the large "X" used by the United States Post Office in Japan; stamp with negligible perf flaws, Fine to Very Fine and rare.

    Estimate $7,500-$10,000


    Prior to 1867, mail processing by U.S. consulates in the Far East consisted exclusively forwarding mail received from foreign postal systems by placing it on U.S. Naval vessels or private ships. In 1867, treaties were signed with Japan and China and the Pacific Mail Steamship Company was awarded the contract to provide regular mail and passenger service between those countries and San Francisco. The volume of mail increased substantially and the consulate offices in several large cities, including Shanghai, China and Yokohama, Japan grew accordingly.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2009
    11th-14th Friday-Monday
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