Pachuca

Pachuca, medio real. Pachuca, un real. Pachuca, dos reales.
Plate I emerald.
Red Pachuca cancel.

Pachuca is the capital of the state of Hidalgo. It was the 17th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 17th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.21 reales. Pachuca (de Soto) had about 8,400 inhabitants in 1858.

Pachuca had 6 sub-offices: Actopan, Atotonilco el Grande, Mineral del Chico, Mineral del Monte, Tizayuca and Zacualtipan.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 29 8 1856 9 12300 11400 2220 300 840
Sent 13 4 1857 71     760 240  
Sent 17 8 1857 162     950    
Sent 11 11 1857 225   1200      
Sent 6 4 1858 46   400 950    
Sent 10 7 1858 98     380 180  
Sent 7 9 1858 140   1000 950    
Sent 28 10 1858 164   2000 950    
Sent 4 1 1859 3   1000   300  
Sent 1 2 1859 19   800      
Sent 24 2 1859 35   1000      
Sent 16 3 1859 43     2850    
Sent 4 4 1859 48   2000      
Sent 7 6 1859 62 360 600      
Sent 5 7 1859 70   400      
Sent 14 7 1859 73   600      
Sent 13 8 1859 84   400   60  
Sent 10 9 1859 93   600      
Sent 14 10 1859 103   2000      
Sent 4 11 1859 110 900        
Sent 19 1 1860 8       60 60
Sent 10 2 1860 20   800      
Sent 28 3 1860 25     760    
Sent 7 4 1860 37   600   120  
Sent 30 5 1860 51   600     60
Sent 28 6 1860 64   600 570    
Sent 16 8 1860 79   200 190 60  
Sent 30 8 1860 82   600      
Sent 12 11 1860 96 300 400      
Sent 17 12 1860 104 240 400 190    
Sent 5 2 1861 30 300 300 200 50 30
Sent 16 2 1861 49   800 300    
Sent 9 3 1861 66 3200        
Sent 5 4 1861 85 2000        
Total sent       34 19600 30700 12220 1370 990
Returned         -953 -17 -26 -1 -39
Total Used 63844 34 18647 30683 12194 1369 951
Distribution         29.21% 48.06% 19.10% 2.14% 1.49%
Distribution vs. all stamps         2.45% 2.21% 0.76% 0.90% 1.02%

Only 2,220 dos reales stamps from plate I were sent, supposedly all in the emerald shade. Stamps from plate II were never sent to Pachuca.

The Pachuca overprint is approximately 13 by 2 mm in red or black. It's generally weakly struck.

On average, the stamps are closely cut, leaving little or no margins.

Forgeries from Pachuca are uncommon.

 

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