Lot 117, Canada 1875 5c olive green Large Queen registered cover, Hamilton to Toronto, sold for $1265

Lot 117, Canada 1875 5c olive green Large Queen registered cover, Hamilton to Toronto, sold for $1265Lot 117 Canada #26iv 1875 5c Large Queen Registered Cover, mailed from Hamilton on NOV.30.1875 (broken circle free strike) and addressed to Toronto (same day receiver on back). The cover is franked with a single 5c Large Queen Perforated 11¾ x 12, tied by a rare Hamilton oval registration handstamp (plus a free strike alongside and another on back). This handstamp was the first of four to be used in Hamilton, and had a space to write the registration number in it. The cover has an embossed Canada Life Assurance Company logo on the backflap, and inside this backflap is the name of the envelope’s printer in Scotland. This usage of the single 5c paying the 3c domestic rate plus the 2c registration fee is much rarer than it being used on letters to the United Kingdom. It is dated in the 4 month period between when the 5c LQ was issued and the 5c SQ was issued. Accompanied by a 2016 Greene Foundation certificate, very fine. Estimate $750, sold for C$1,100 plus buyer’s premium.

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