Lot 1142Hawaii, 1864, 2¢ rose vermilion, bisected, bottom left half, used with 5¢ Blue (32), tied together by negative "HI" oval cancels on cover to Henry R. Bond, New London Conn., red "G.P.O. Honolulu. Paid All. Oct. 25" cds, magenta "San Francisco, Paid Al,l Nov 5" exchange backstamp; slightly rough opening at top with a few tears; 5¢ light corner crease and bisect couple trivial perf flaws, Very Fine appearance, ex-Golden.
Scott No. 31b $7,500.
A RARE BISECT OF THE 1864 2¢ KAMEHAMEHA IV ISSUE USED ON COVER WITH THE 5¢ KAMEHAMEHA V ISSUE.
In July 1870, the 6¢ single-letter rate to the United States was established. Since the 6¢ stamps were not available until late Spring 1871, the rate was made up using three 2¢ stamps. As the supply of 2¢ stamps dwindled, the post office permitted some bisects to be used with 5¢ stamps for the 6¢ rate.