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Lot 43

Canada, 1859, 10¢ red lilac, diagonal bisect (17d), tied by diamond grid on folded letter from Toronto to Barrie, July 5, 1860, with red straight line "REGISTERED" and handstamped "14" rate, backstamped Barrie; several file folds, one partly split, another affecting the stamp, which also has a tiny tear, a Fine and unique usage of the 10¢ bisect on a registered cover rated 16¢.
Estimate 4,000 - 5,000

Expertization: 1978 Greene Certificate.

Provenance: Nickle

The bisect was accepted to pay the 5¢ rate and the registration fee was paid in cash. Apparently, after the sender had left the post office with his receipt for registered letter #177, the letter was found to weigh more than a half-ounce. Accordingly, it was stamped with the double unpaid penalty rate of 14¢ giving no credit for the bisect, and forwarded to Barrie where it was recorded as registered letter number "(1.)" and where the addressee would have had to pay the 14¢.

Realized $3,250

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