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Scott Number: R32a Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5172
Denomination/Type: 10c Bill of Lading, blue, imperforate
2020 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 75.00
Estimated Retail Value: $ 150.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Handstamped - Circle
Cancel Color: Blue
Cancel Date: March 25, 1863
Cancel or Company Type: Steamship/Shipping/Maritime Company
Company: A. A. Low & Brothers
City: New York
10-cent Bill of Lading imperforate on a March 1863 (EMU) bill of lading for supplies to be carried on the bark Benefactor to Hong Kong. Bills of Lading to overseas destinations are quite scarce, and EMUs even more so. The document is on a thin and very delicate tissue paper. No wonder very few survived. Note the large-format embossed seal at center.
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