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Scott Number: R154 Collection Reference No. for Communications: 2684
Denomination/Type: 1c green Franklin, red large I.R. overprint, perf. 12
Estimated Retail Value: $ 25.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Handstamped - Other
Cancel Date: August 22, 1898
Cancel or Company Type: Unknown
Very attractive illegal usage of revenue stamps as postage, but in all likelihood a philatelic creation, as there is also 2 cents of valid postage in addition to the revenue stamps. There is a small possibility that it was a double-weight cover, thus requiring 4 cents postage, but that is very unlikely, given the aesthetic presentation of the two revenue stamps flanking the postage stamp. Still, an attractive cover.
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