Durango

Durango, un real.
Overprint at left, reading bottom-up
Durango, un real. Left frameline
Overprint at right, reading top-down.
Durango, dos reales. Emerald
Valle del Suchil.

Durango is the capital of the state of Durango. It was the 15th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 14th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.54 reales. (Victoria de)Durango had about 22,000 inhabitants in 1850.

Durango had 26 sub-offices: Canatlan, Canelas, Cerro Gordo, Copalquin, Cuencame, Gavilanes, Guanacevi, Guichapa, Inde, Mapimi, Mineral del Oro, Muleros, Nazas, Nombre de Dios, Papasquiaro, Penon Blanco, Real de San Dimas, San Francisco del Mezquital, San Jose de la Parrilla, San Juan de Guadalupe, San Juan del Rio, Santa Catalina Tepehuanes, Santa Rosa, Tamazula, Topia and Valle del Suchil.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 30 8 1856 19 5760 4740 2040 300 780
Sent 8 10 1856 60 3000        
Sent 31 12 1856 100   3000 3000    
Sent 4 2 1857 24   3000 3000    
Sent 4 3 1857 49   6000 6840    
Sent 3 6 1857 109 600 6000 4750 600  
Sent 26 8 1857 170   2000 3800    
Sent 18 9 1857 184   6000 6840 300  
Returned 21 12 1857   -60        
Sent 29 1 1858 15   2000 2850 600  
Sent 18 5 1858 68   1000 950 300 300
Sent 12 7 1858 99 900   950 300 60
Total sent       11 10200 33740 35020 2400 1140
Returned               -1 -102
Returned         -26 -364 -143 -84 -4
Total Used 81776 11 10174 33376 34877 2315 1034
Distribution         12.44% 40.81% 42.65% 2.83% 1.26%
Distribution vs. all stamps         1.34% 2.41% 2.17% 1.52% 1.10%

The Durango overprint is approximately 17 by 2 mm. It's generally weakly struck.

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

Forgeries from Durango are uncommon. However, the common Durango box cancel (Sz234) has been forged.

Guadalupe Victoria, Mexico's first President, was born in Tamazula, Durango.

Durango, dos reales. Emerald
Front, Valle del Suchil.

 

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