Lot# 818 - Auction 227-233
Catalogue# : 18+19+20+21+22
Mail from Greek Offices in the Levant 1868: Extraordinary cover at seven times the 45 lepta rate by French ship, franked at 315 lepta and mailed from Constantinople to Athens bearing 1862/67 5 l. green, 10 l. bright orange on blued, 20 l. blue, 40 l. dull mauve on grey-blue and three 80 l. carmine all tied by dotted '95' numeral handstamps with 'Constantinople' cds of despatch (Feb 28) above and oval Greek PD alongside. Reverse with Piraeus transit cds (March 1). Refolded to improve appearance but a splendid and very rare five colour franking, the sole known usage of a seven times rate cover from Constantinople's Greek Post Office. Illustrated in 'Les Tarifs Helléniques' on page 154. Signed Proschold. Cert. Tseriotis (2011).
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 3,000 CHF
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