Tabasco

Tabasco, un real.
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Tabasco is located in the state of Tabasco. It was the 25th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 24th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.73 reales. San Juan Bautista had about 5,500 inhabitants around 1856.

Tabasco had 4 sub-offices: Cardenas, Guimanguillo (Huimanguillo), Jonuta and Teapa.

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 30 8 1856 34 2940 2520 1020 180 420
Sent 5 11 1856 74       240  
Sent 25 2 1857 45   1500 3000    
Sent 23 5 1857 102       180 180
Sent 21 10 1857 210       300  
Sent 16 11 1857 228   1500      
Sent 13 2 1858 26   3000   300 300
Sent 23 8 1858 129   1000 1900    
Sent 5 10 1858 155 900 800 760 600 600
Sent 16 2 1861 52 7500 4250 2000    
Total sent       10 11340 14570 8680 1800 1500
Returned         -4887 -2868 -1048    
Returned         -554 -455 -175    
Total Used 27903 10 5899 11247 7457 1800 1500
Distribution         21.14% 40.31% 26.72% 6.45% 5.38%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.77% 0.81% 0.46% 1.18% 1.60%

4,020 dos reales stamps from plate I and II were sent. The distribution is unknown, but none of them are easy to find. However, that leaves only 3,437 dos reales stamps from plate III - and they are of course not easy to find either!

The Tabasco overprint is approximately 16 by 1¾ mm with leading and trailing dots. It's generally nicely struck.

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

Forgeries from Tabasco are uncommon.

 

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