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Scott Number: R25c Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5450

Denomination/Type: 5c Express, red, perforated

2020 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 0.40

Estimated Retail Value: $ 350.00 What is this?

Cancel Method: Manuscript

Cancel Date: June 30, 1866

Cancel or Company Type: Bank/Banker/Broker

Company: L. Millsner & Co., pawnbroker

City: San Francisco

State: CA

Pawn tickets from the Civil War era are incredibly rare, with currently only 14 reported examples. No one saved them, as they were only needed until pawned items were retrieved. Of the 14 known examples, this is the only example not from New York City or Philadelphia. The other 13 examples have loan periods ranging from 4 months to 1 year, whereas the loan period for this pawn was an incredibly short 1-day loan for $300, which was a huge sum at that time.

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