Worth more than its weight in gold



2015-06-26 11:49:03

Worth more than its weight in gold

A rare $15k 'Nugget Express' cover is waiting to be picked up in New York

The sale of the Floyd E Risvold Collection is now very close indeed, with the live auction taking place over four days: January 23-26. Here's a look at another unique highlight:

It's often said that rare stamps are the most valuable commodity by weight in existence - more than worth their weight in gold. But rarely does this seem such an apt comparison as in the case of a Canadian cover sent to Rye, New York.

The cover combines a Seattle, Wash./Dec 18, 1899 datestamp with a 2c Red and an oval violet Nugget Express/Dawson Y.T./Canada stamp, with 'waving flag' cancellation on the front with a magenta double circle Nugget Express/Dec 18, 1899 stamp on the reverse.

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The Nugget Express operated out of Dawson City in 1899 following the discovery of gold in the Dominican River 50 miles to the south-west.

The combination of stamps on the cover is thought to be completely unique - no other cover has more than two of them - so a few days sifting at the New York auction could prove well worth the while of a philatelic prospector.


Image: Spink Shreves

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