Australia Tasmania 1857 cover, SG20
Australia Tasmania 1857 (JY 25) entire letter from Hobart to 'Campbell Town', franked at 4d inland rate by 1856-57 2d dull emerald-green on thin white paper (no watermark), SG20.
The two examples have lovely fresh colour with mostly good margins, tied by very fine '62' numeral, with red 'PRE-PAID' despatch circular date stamp below.
Light filing fold at foot, the stamps lifted for inspection (by Purves) and replaced, and the left stamp with unobtrusive vertical crease, nevertheless a choice and very rare cover, one of only five recorded with this stamp - unique with this franking and the earliest known usage.
A very important piece of early Australian postal history.
Accompanied with a British Philatelic Association (BPA) certificate of authenticity (2014), not mentioning the crease.
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