Cuernavaca

Cuernavaca, medio real plate 3, pos. 37.
Possibly an early printing without frameline.
Cuernavaca, un real, early plate.
Sz 218 cancel.
Cuernavaca, dso reales, emerald.
Used at Ixtla, Sz 223 cancel.

Cuernavaca is located in the state of Morelos. It was the 21th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 22th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.31 reales. Cuernavaca had about 16,300 inhabitants in 1858.

Cuernavaca had 6 sub-offices: Jojutla, Puente de Ytzla (Puente de Ixtla), Tasco (Taxco), Tepecoacuilco, Tetecala and Tlalquiltenango.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 10 9 1856 51 2940 2520 1020 180 420
Sent 17 12 1856 92 1500        
Sent 10 1 1857 9   1500      
Sent 31 1 1857 20   1500 1500    
Returned 25 6 1857           -160
Sent 7 8 1857 156     1900    
Sent 15 9 1857 182   2000      
Sent 1 12 1857 244   2000      
Sent 31 3 1858 41   800 570    
Sent 4 5 1858 63 1500     120 60
Sent 29 5 1858 73   800      
Sent 2 7 1858 91 900   950    
Sent 22 7 1858 106 600 200 190    
Sent 7 8 1858 116   600      
Sent 12 8 1858 121 600 1000      
Sent 25 10 1858 161   1000 950 120 120
Sent 18 12 1858 187   2000 1140    
Sent 9 2 1859 24       120 120
Sent 20 4 1859 50 300 1000 950 300 300
Returned 13 7 1859       -500 -150 -150
Sent 7 9 1859 92   1000      
Sent 19 12 1859 126 300 200 190 120  
Sent 9 2 1860 18 600 200 190 60  
Sent 21 3 1860 32     380 60  
Sent 25 4 1860 40   200   60 60
Sent 4 6 1860 52   400 380    
Sent 9 7 1860 67     190 60  
Sent 5 2 1861 26 100 300 100 50 10
Sent 9 3 1861 65 1600        
Sent 5 4 1861 86 3200        
Total sent       28 14140 19220 10100 1100 780
Returned         -3216   -80 -48 -20
Total Used 41976 28 10924 19220 10020 1052 760
Distribution         26.02% 45.79% 23.87% 2.51% 1.81%
Distribution vs. all stamps         1.43% 1.39% 0.62% 0.69% 0.81%

The Cuernavaca overprint is approximately 18 by 2 mm, without any dots. It's generally unevenly struck. At least one forgery is 18½ by 2mm, with a dot at the base of the last A.

On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue.

Forgeries from Cuernavaca are uncommon, except for the high values, as usual.

 

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