Item # S007681
1886 (August 3) Clean cover bearing a vertically bisected Two cent green, Montreal printing, used to pay the One cent local drop letter rate, ideally tied by an oval mute grid cancel, equally clear Guysborough, NS split ring dispatch at left. A rare bisect usage from the Interior of Nova Scotia and in unusually choice condition, Very Fine; 1998 Greene Foundation cert. (Unitrade 36c; catalogue value $3,000+)
Although unauthorized by Canadian postal administration, this cover demonstrates the ongoing acceptance of bisected stamps, which began during the early Colonial era throughout the Maritime Provinces, when Pence stamps were readily bisected into halves or even quarters for paying the required postal rates.