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Scott Number: R82c Collection Reference No. for Communications: 3640
Denomination/Type: $2 Mortgage, red, perforated
2023 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 7.00
Estimated Retail Value: $ 500.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Handstamped - Single Line
Cancel Color: Blue
Cancel or Company Type: Steamship/Shipping/Maritime Company
Company: Pacific Mail Steamship Co.
Seven strikes of Pacific Mail Steamship Co. single-line cancels, three of the ship ALASKA, and four of the ship ARIZONA. The thought is that these were canceled at a central office, and because the two words look similar (both begin and end with A, and are only one letter different in length), a clerk grabbed the wrong handstamp, realized their error, and then re-canceled with the correct handstamp. Mixed-ship occurences, while documented, are very scarce, with only a handful known to exist.
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