Lot 1941869, 15¢ brown & blue, type II, used with 3¢ Ultramarine (114), tied by target cancels duplexed with "Providence R.I. May 21" cds on small 1870 cover to Buenos Aires, Argentina, New York red "8" credit handstamp for the 18¢ rate, part of top flap missing, small tear at top clear of stamps, Very Fine and rare use, ex-Kuphal, Gabriel.
Scott No. 119 Estimate $3,000 - 4,000.
ONE OF ONLY THREE RECORDED 15¢ 1869 ISSUE USAGES TO ARGENTINA PROPERLY PREPAID FOR THE 18¢ AMERICAN PACKET RATE.
This franking was used to pay the 18¢ rate for service via American Packet to Rio de Janeiro, and from there by British packet to Buenos Aires. Many of the 1869 issue covers from the Jencks correspondence were overpaid, this example is one of the few properly paid for the 18¢ rate.
References: Illustrated in the 1869 Issue census book on p. 161.