Lot 747Mexico, 1884, Hidalgo Medallion, 6c green, on 1884 cover from Hermosillo to New York, tied by neat blue grid handstamp with matching "Nogales, Sonora, Jul 25, 1884" boxed date stamp alongside, transit backstamps, Extremely Fine and choice, this rate was in place very briefly so covers with solo usages are very rare.
Scott Nos. 155 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 748Mexico, 1884, Hidalgo Medallion, 6c green, vertical pair, small margin tear in bottom stamp, on cover from Guaymas to Liverpool, England dated August 1885 paying the very rare 12c rate which lasted for a very short time, tied by rosette handstamps, blue Guaymas octagon date stamps and proper transit backstamps, the addressee was not found and letter was returned, Very Fine.
Scott Nos. 155 Estimate $150 - 200.
Lot 749 ()Mexico, 1884, Hidalgo Medallion, 10c green, 68 examples, in single and various multiple formats, in combination with 1884, 20c irregular block of five and pair + 50¢ + 1p (158+160-161) on 1885 oversized judiciary front to Maravatio, all tied by Morelia cds's, oval official cachet handstamp; stamp and front flaws, Fine appearance, one of the most important items of the issue with the largest combination known, paying a rate of $9.70, surely unique.
Scott Nos. 156 Estimate $1,500 - 2,000.
Lot 750Mexico, 1884, Hidalgo Medallion, 12c green, horizontal pair, small flaws, on registered cover with blue "Mexico, Dic 18, 1884" origin cds, to Brussels, Belgium forwarded to Valladolid, Spain, with N.Y. exchange etiquette (FX-NY1a(i)(ii)) and numerous transit marking including three different TPO marking, "Amb Norte" octagon date stamp and two French transit backstamps, Very Fine, a wonderful forwarding usage.
Scott Nos. 157 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 751Mexico, 1884, Hidalgo Medallion, 50c green, combination with 1894, 5c and 25c Numerals (235+237) on Registered Parcel Shipment form "B". from Mexico City to Switzerland, parcels were the elusive 5th class of mail and most were destroyed, form is dated December 1894 and has multiple cancels and markings, Very Fine, probably 4-5 such shipment forms with stamps are known for this issue, the 50c denomination was very seldom used and it is mostly known unused.
Scott Nos. 160 Estimate $500 - 750.
Lot 752 ()Mexico, 1884, Hidalgo Medallion, 1p blue, block of four, in combination with 1887-92, 10c two singles + 25c pair + 5c (225-226 + 209) on 1893 oversized registered front to Stockholm, Sweden, tied by Vera Cruz cds's with A.R. & registry handstamps, N.Y. registry exchange etiquette; small flaws, F.-V.F., paying a $4.75 rate, it contained diplomatic mail, there are less than 15 items known with used 1p stamps.
Scott Nos. 161 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 753Mexico, 1885, Hidalgo Medallion, 2c carmine, diagonal bisect, upper right portion of stamp on wrapper to San Pedro de las Colonies paying the 1c domestic matter rate, tied by 1888 Monterrey oval date stamp, Very Fine, few exist.
Scott Nos. 166a Estimate $300 - 400.
Lot 754Mexico, 1885, Hidalgo Medallion, 3c orange brown, solo 1886 usage on full folded letter sheet, this paid the rare 3c official rate which was reserved for a special kind of official mail, Yautepec to Oaxaca; nick in stamp, F.-V.F.
Scott Nos. 167 Estimate $200 - 300.
Lot 755Mexico, 1885, Hidalgo Medallion, 5c ultramarine, on form 2776 to pay the 5c AR rate for a letter from Mazatlan to Hamburg, Germany, multiple transit markings, this was the official form to send AR mail and just a handful have survived, often the 5c fee was included in the postage on the cover, but in rare instances of early mail the fee was attached to the form, Very Fine, a very scarce piece of postal history.
Scott Nos. 169 Estimate $400 - 600.
Lot 756Mexico, 1885, Hidalgo Medallion, 12c olive brown, with 1884, 6c lilac Numeral (179) on large registered cover from Mexico to Vienna, Austria, redirected to Nikolsburg; cover opened at sides for display, Very Fine, a very rare and colorful cover sent by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, both 6c and 12c stamps are very uncommon on cover.
Scott Nos. 172 Estimate $300 - 400.