Lot# 1519 - Auction 234-243
Catalogue# : 6yb
Postal Fraud 1858: 40 pa. greenish-blue on thin white wove paper, two examples with large margins all round used on 1859 registered front of cover to Galatz, each previously cancelled by Cyrillic FRANKO handstamp in blue, cancelled again as Postal Fraud by BERLAD / MOLDOVA datestamps (23/10) in blue with additional strike above and RECEPISSE. Reverse with part 'Galatz / Moldova' arrival (24/10) in blue. Illustrated in Heimbüchler Handbook I on page 175, the sole recorded example with 'Franco' handstamps re-used and probably one of the items that came to the notice of the authorities (as the treatment of registered mail even nowadays requires more careful and diligent handling). The Postal Clerks at Botosani, Berlad and Roman were arrested on November 2, 1859 and sacked from their positions. The cover slighty soiled but of the greatest rarity.
Starting bid :
Hammer price : 12,500 CHF
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