Auction: 18054 - The 'Hermione' Collection of France, 1849-1950
1862-70 "Empire" Laureated Issue
5f. grey-violet, uncommonly fresh impression and centred to upper right, used in combination with 10c. bistre, type II, (tear at right), 20c. blue, type II, and 80c. rose of the same issue, all used on large registered envelope to Treviso, Italy, each stamp tied by "3180" numeral grid with matching "Rodez" c.d.s., dated 9 January 1870, during the first days of circulation of the 5 francs value, showing several transits and arrival on reverse. Some imperfections to envelope and minor tone spots, of no consequence for the significance of this cover. An outstanding four colour franking including the 5 francs only associated with stamps belonging to the Empire Laureated issue; this being a very rare feature in this exhibition item. It's most important characteristic, notably enhancing its exceptional character, is the fact that it represents the earliest usage recorded of the 5 francs, the highest denomination in the classic period, in this instance being used before the Franco-Prussian War. The 5 francs was issued in November 1869, although it was not postally used until January 1870. Calves certificate (1995). Spink Maury 28II, 29II, 32, 33. Photo
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