Monterrey

Monterrey, medio real plate 2, pos. 42. Monterrey, un real pair. Monterrey, dos reales plate I, olive.

Monterrey is located in the state of Nuevo Leon. It was the 22nd largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 21st by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.61 reales. Monterrey had about 14,000 inhabitants in 1850.

Monterrey had 15 (16?) sub-offices: Agualeguas, Apodaca, Bustamante, Cadereyta (Cadereyta de Jimenez), Cerralvo (?), Doctor Arroyo, Lampazos, Linares, Marin, Montemorelos, Pesqueria (Pesqueria Grande, Villa de Garcia), Rinconada, Salinas Victoria, Santa Catarina, Teran and Villaldama.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 30 8 1856 26 5760 4740 2040 300 780
Sent 17 4 1857 74   2000 3800 300  
Sent 9 9 1857 176 600 2000 3800    
Sent 11 12 1857 254 600 2000 3800 300  
Sent 29 4 1858 58 300 2000 1900 300 300
Total sent       5 7260 12740 15340 1200 1080
Returned                  
Total Used 37620 5 7260 12740 15340 1200 1080
Distribution         19.30% 33.86% 40.78% 3.19% 2.87%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.95% 0.92% 0.95% 0.79% 1.15%

There were no dos reales stamps in the emerald shade sent to Monterrey. Only stamps in the olive shade have been found, so it seems that all 2,040 dos reales stamps in the first consignment were in the olive shade.

The Monterrey overprint is approximately 20 by 2 mm with leading and trailing dots. It's generally nicely struck.

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

Forgeries from Monterrey are uncommon.

 

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