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Scott Number: R1c Collection Reference No. for Communications: 5646
Denomination/Type: 1c Express, red, perforated
2023 Scott Catalog Value (for a single stamp): $ 1.50
Estimated Retail Value: $ 500.00 What is this?
Cancel Method: Handstamped - Circle
Cancel Color: Black
Cancel Date: December 29, 1863
Cancel or Company Type: Law firm or Federal, State, or Local Government Entity
State: Washington, DC
A strip of three 1-cent Express (R1c) used illegally as postage, caught and a 6-cent penalty (double the postage amount) assessed. All 3 stamps are tied by a bold December 29, 1863 Washington, DC postal cancel. A lovely example of a wartime illegal/improper usage.
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