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Sale 122

Lot 544

U.S., Postmaster's Provisionals, St. Louis, MO., 1845, 10¢ Black on Greenish on Cover, #11X2, Type III, Position 6, three clear to full margins, just touched at left, tied by penstrokes, red "St. Louis Mo. Nov. 18" (1845) circular datestamp with matching "PAID" handstamp on blue folded cover to Charnley & Whelen in Philadelphia, manuscript "10" rate, Fine cover. St. Louis "Bears" were issued by Postmaster John M. Wimer from November 1845 until the first U.S. General Issue became available in July 1847. The stamps were issued in three denominations and were sold at a premium over face value to pay the cost of printing, this November 18, 1845, cover is an early use (EDU is November 13), Ex Faiman. 1979 P.F. cert.
Scott $14,000. Scarce early use of the 10¢ St. Louis Postmaster's Provisional on greenish paper on a cover from the famous Charnley & Whelen correspondence .
Estimate $4,000-5,000.

Realized $6,900

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