Lerma

Lerma, un real.
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This scarce stamp belongs to Doug Stout.

Lerma is located in the state of Mexico. It was the 41st largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 41st by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.41 reales. Lerma had about 1,300 inhabitants around 1888.

Lerma had 4 sub-offices: Malinalco, Tenancingo, Tenango del Valle and Tianguistengo.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 29 8 1856 4 360 240 120 120 60
Sent 7 2 1857 30   480 480    
Sent 8 7 1857 133   1000 1900    
Sent 3 11 1858 168 900 2000      
Returned 13 7 1859   -500 -867 -43 -13 -6
Sent 6 2 1860 16 240 200      
Sent 5 2 1861 27 160 100      
Total sent       6 1160 3153 2457 107 54
Returned         -232 -191      
Total Used 6508 6 928 2962 2457 107 54
Distribution         14.26% 45.51% 37.75% 1.64% 0.83%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.12% 0.21% 0.15% 0.07% 0.06%

None of the 600 2R stamps printed from plate I and / or II are known to exist. It's very likely that the second invoice consisted of plate II stamps, due to the late date, just prior to the distribution of plate III stamps.

The Lerma overprint is approximately 12 by 2½ mm. without dots. It's generally nicely struck.

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

Forgeries from Lerma exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.

 

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