Hermosillo

Hermosillo, un real pair.
Right frameline. Cancel Sz 541.
Hermosillo, dos reales, plate III.
Red cancel from Guaymas (Sz 546)

Hermosillo is the capital of Sonora. It was the 23th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 23th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.65 reales. Hermosillo had about 7,100 inhabitants in 1889 (no data available earlier).

Hermosillo had 4 sub-offices: Alamos, Altar, Guaymas and Ures.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 30 8 1856 22 5760 4740 2040 300 780
Sent 31 12 1856 102   1500 1500    
Sent 23 12 1857 264   6000 2280 600  
Sent 4 8 1858 112 300 800 3800 900 480
Total sent       4 6060 13040 9620 1800 1260
Returned                  
Total Used 31780 4 6060 13040 9620 1800 1260
Distribution         19.07% 41.03% 30.27% 5.66% 3.96%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.80% 0.94% 0.60% 1.18% 1.35%

Based purely on the catalog value of the stamps, I would guess that the first consignment contained 2,040 dos reales stamps in the emerald shade, and that the second consignment contained 1,500 dos reales stamps in the olive shade. The catalog value of these stamps is the same, but the emerald shade is more popular with collectors.

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

The Hermosillo overprint is approximately 17 by 2 mm, in either black or red. It's generally nicely struck.

Forgeries from Hermosillo exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.

 

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