Item # S007425
1859 (August 3) A brilliant, fresh yellow cover addressed to Maine, USA bearing a superb Six pence brown violet Consort, perf 11¾, extremely well centered for this notoriously difficult stamp, with intact perforations and rich colour, tied by a four-ring ‘21’ cancel in transit at Montreal with double arc dater on back, neat double ring Repentigny, L.C. dispatch with filled in date; couple sensibly sealed tears at top edge of no importance. A remarkable cover that really stands out from other known examples; undoubtedly one of the best centered examples known on cover, Extremely Fine; 2018 Greene Foundation certificate (Unitrade 13) Provenance: Sam Nickle, Christie’s Robson Lowe, March 1993; Lot 151 Graham Fairbanks, Sissons Sale 259, April 1967; Lot 381
The perforated Six pence stamp was issued early January 1859 and was replaced by ten cent stamps on July 1, 1859. According to a Post Office Circular (June 12, 1859) announcing the introduction of the Decimal issue, it was stated that Pence stamps were to be allowed to prepay letters, although current stocks held by Postmasters were to be returned after July 1st, 1859.