Lot description

COSTA DE ORO. 1871 (Nov 5). Envelope, embossed seal ´Spero´ on reverse addressed from D. Patrick Chalmers to Edinburgh with superb ´CAPE COAST CASTLE´ code A (Macrae 7), datestamp in black of despatch. Rated ´5´ pence in red manuscript due to G.P.O. for ½ ounce rate. ´Paid / Liverpool / Br. Packet´ cds in red of transit (Nov 29) and reverse with Edinburgh arrival cds. Very scarce: the datestamp in black was used on prepaid letters until Nov. 1871 only; thereafter on unpaid letters. Biro marks at left, nevertheless rare and attractive cover, unlisted by Sacher.

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