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Scott Number: R24c Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5382
Denomination/Type: 5c Certificate, red, perforated
2020 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 0.50
Estimated Retail Value: $ 75.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Handstamped - Other
Cancel Color: Black
Cancel Date: January 21, ????
Cancel or Company Type: Railroad
Company: Portsmouth, Great Falls and Conway Railroad
1st issue 5c Certificate used illegally as postage on a railroad cover. Sadly opened roughly at right, tearing off part of the stamp. Otherwise it would be a $250+ item. Was found along with a 1956 letter from Hugh Shellabear, a renowned revenue collector and author, to the cover's owner describing the cover and its attributes.
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