Soyaniquilpam (Soyaniquilpan)

Soyaniquilpam, un real.
Sz 1546
Plate I or II, from the first invoice.

Soyaniquilpam is located in the state of Mexico. It was the 42nd largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 43rd by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.47 reales. In 1990 the population was only 989.

Soyaniquilpam had only one sub-office: Xilotepec (Jilotepec).

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 30 8 1856 33 360 240 120 120 60
Sent 21 3 1857 58   600 1520    
Sent 23 3 1858 38   600      
Sent 10 1 1859 4 60 400 380 60  
Sent 4 2 1861 23 400 300      
Total sent       5 820 2140 2020 180 60
Returned           -53 -7 -34 -9
Total Used 5117 5 820 2087 2013 146 51
Distribution         16.03% 40.79% 39.34% 2.85% 1.00%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.11% 0.15% 0.13% 0.10% 0.05%

Only 120 2R stamps in the emerald shade were sent. The remaining 1900 stamps (10 sheets) were printed from plate III. Stamps from plate II were never sent, though they are priced by Folansbee.

The Soyaniquilpam overprint is approximately 20 by 2 mm.

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

Victoria Benozio has provided this little bit of history:

"Soyaniquilpan was a very small ranch on the road between Mexico and Queretaro. Why it was a district? Political reasons. It was owned by Manuel Escandon, the richest man in Mexico. This fellow was a bunch of luck, he was sent by Santa Anna to France to invest the money paid by the US for the territories "lost" in the war, but when Santa Anna died, Don Manuel decided to keep the money."

Forgeries from Soyaniquilpam exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.

 

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