Lot 2240Hawaii, 1864, 2¢ rose vermilion, diagonal half used as 1¢ bottom right portion of stamp in combination with 1866, 5¢ blue (32) on 1871 cover to York, Pa., tied by grid and cork handstamps with no Honolulu postmark, red "San Francisco, Paid All, Jan 8" transit cds; 5¢ stamp with light corner crease, F.-V.F., ex-Golden; with 1937 letter of authenticity from Bertram W.H. Poole.
Scott No. 31b $8,500.
A RARE BISECT OF THE 1864 2¢ KAMEHAMEHA IV ISSUE USED IN COMBINATION WITH THE 5¢ KAMEHAMEHA V ISSUE.
Mail exchanged between Hawaii and the United States was greatly simplified by the Postal Convention signed May 4, 1870, effective July 1, 1870, which established the 6¢ single-letter rate to the United States. The 6¢ stamps were not available until late Spring 1871, and so the rate was made up using three 2c stamps. As the supply of 2c stamps dwindled, the post office permitted some bisects to be used with 5¢ stamps for the 6¢ rate. The first Honolulu convention period "Paid All" cds (MH 245.02) is recorded from July 22, 1870 until September 5, 1870.