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1879 & 1882 Foreign Mail Issues

Lots 934-941

Lot 934    

Mexico, 1879, Foreign Mail 1st Issue (Juarez), 5c orange, Mazatlan, cons 2781, tied by purple Bacubirito circular postmark (Schimmer Sin 6/1) on cover to Virginia City, Nev., reverse with San Francisco transit, partial receiving postmarks and red "Yedras Mining Co., Nov 29, 1881" oval date stamp; slight rough cover opening at left.
Scott No. 125    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 935    

Mexico, 1879, Foreign Mail 1st Issue (Juarez), 5c orange, Mazatlan, double cons "4781" error for "2781" (stamps intended for Ciudad Victoria were missent to Mazatlan that used them anyway), s.e. at left, tied by violet "Culiacan, 5 Jul, 1881" oval postmark (Schimmer Sin 18/1) on mining company corner card cover to Virginia City, Nev., San Francisco transit backstamp, Very Fine.
Scott No. 125    Estimate $250 - 350.

The sender Las Yedras Mining Company was a large mining company. The addressee Richard Kirmin was an attorney in the mining city, Virginia City, then near its peak of production. His son, Richard Kerman became Mayor of Reno, then Governor of Nevada.

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Lot 936    

Mexico, 1879, Foreign Mail 1st Issue (Juarez), 5c orange, Mazatlan, cons 2781, tied by grid handstamp on cover to San Francisco, octagonal red datestamp "Correo Mazatlan Ago 1 1881" (Schimmer Sin 28/5), red San Francisco receiver and pencil notation "Newbern"; cover toning, F.-V.F.
Scott No. 125    Estimate $150 - 200.

Shows 1879 tariff basic rate of 5 centavos that was continued in the new 1 April 1880 tariff. The Newbern was an inter-costal ship that plied the Sea of Cortez (Gulf of California) from Puerto Isabel on the Colorado River to Mazatlan and possibly as far as San Blas or Manzanillo and provided the sea connection by calling in San Francisco. The Newbern was associated with silver smuggling into the USA which had a high duty on silver. It foundered on rocks at Pt Fermin, San Pedro, California and sank in 1893 with $250,000 in cargo, mostly silver, aboard.

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Lot 937 o   

Mexico, 1879, Foreign Mail 1st Issue (Juarez), 85c violet, Mazatlan, cons 2779, neat grid cancel, Very Fine and rare.
Scott No. 129    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 938    

Mexico, 1882, Foreign Mail 2nd Issue (Juarez), 24c violet, Mexico, cons 5483, tied by purple UPU oval date stamp on 1883 cover to Paris, France, with Vera-Cruz French paquet date stamp, sent the ship Ville de Bordeaux, Very Fine and scarce.
Scott No. 138    Estimate $200 - 300.

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Current Opening Bid: $90

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Lot 939    

Mexico, 1882, Foreign Mail 2nd Issue (Numeral), 2c green, Mazatlan, uprating on 1882, Foreign Mail 2nd Issue (Numeral), 3c carmine lake, Mazatlan formula postal card to Modena, Italy, both cons 2783, 3c shows a reverse embossed "2783" (occurred when the sheet was used with others as a cushion beneath the sheet being overprinted to prevent that operation from punching through the very thin paper during overprinting), tied by grid handstamps with red "Mazatlan, Set, 22, 1883" oval date stamp, Very Fine, a rare usage of the UPU postal card.
Scott No. 146+147    Estimate $300 - 400.

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Lot 940    

Mexico, 1883, Foreign Mail 2nd Issue (Numeral), 6c blue (Hermosillo), cons 483, tied by Altar oval handstamp on 1883 cover to Yuma, A.T., Tucson transit and receiving backstamps, Very Fine.
Scott No. 148    Estimate $150 - 200.

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Lot 941    

Mexico, 1882, Foreign Mail 2nd Issue (Numeral), 6c ultramarine, horizontal pair, Mexico, cons 5483, tied on cover to Paris, France by purple UPU oval, red "Vera-Cruz Paq Fr B No 1, 18 Avril, 83" octagonal date stamp, Very Fine.
Scott No. 149    Estimate $150 - 200.

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