Lot 17251¢ Blue, Type IV, two singles, used with 3¢ Orange Brown (10A), each cancelled by red San Francisco "9" cancellations, right 1¢ is tied, 3¢ additionally cancelled by manuscript since it appeared uncancelled, on circa 1851 buff wrapper to Northumberland N.Y., docketed "Placer Times" over top right edge; 3¢ tied by some wrinkling, minor edge wear, Very Fine and rare; with 2015 P.F. certificate.
Scott No. 9 Estimate $2,000 - 3,000.
ONE OF ONLY TWO RECORDED STAMPED EXAMPLES OF THE PREPAID 5¢ PRINTED MATTER RATE FOR OVER 3,500 MILES FROM CALIFORNIA TO NORTHUMBERLAND N.Y.
The other recorded example of the stamp prepaid 5¢ rate was from the Cipolla collection, 1851 Dec. 19 from San Francisco Cal. to Providence R.I. bearing #9 pair and #11. This rate was only in effect for 15 months, from July 1, 1851 until September 30, 1852.