Maravatio

Maravatio, un real.
Cancel Sz731AA from Zitacuaro.
Maravatio, dos reales.
Plate I emerald.
Cancel Sz721B.
Maravatio, dos reales.
Cancel Sz712.

Maravatio is located in the state of Michoacan. It was the 30th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 28th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.48 reales. The city of Maravatio had about 6,850 inhabitants in 1856.

Maravatio had 4 sub-offices: Acambaro, San Felipe del Obraje, Zinapecuaro and Zitacuaro de la Independencia (Ciudad de la Independencia, Zitacuaro).

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 4 9 1856 43 3000 2820 540 120 180
Sent 31 10 1856 71     540 120 180
Sent 7 1 1857 7   1500 3000 240  
Sent 28 7 1857 149   600 950    
Sent 17 9 1857 183 300     300  
Sent 17 10 1857 208 300 600 1900 180  
Sent 21 12 1857 260   600 1900    
Sent 23 2 1858 30   600 950    
Sent 25 5 1858 70 300 400 570 60 60
Sent 1 2 1859 18 1500 1600      
Sent 7 2 1861 36 100 80 80    
Total sent       11 5500 8800 10430 1020 420
Returned         -53 -510 -1313 -221 -41
Total Used 24032 11 5447 8290 9117 799 379
Distribution         22.67% 34.50% 37.94% 3.32% 1.58%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.72% 0.60% 0.57% 0.52% 0.40%

4,320 of the un real stamps were from the small plates, while 3,970 were from the large plates. 4,080 dos reales were from the early (small) plates, while only 5,037 were from plate III.

The Maravatio overprint is approximately 17 by 2 mm. It's generally nicely struck.

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

Forgeries from Maravatio are uncommon.

 

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