Temascaltepec

Un real.
Cancel Sz1613
This beauty belongs to Doug Stout.
Dos reales.
Plate I emerald, pos. 53
Dos reales.
Plate I emerald, pos. 59
Dos reales.
Plate II

Temascaltepec is located in the state of Mexico. It was the 37th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 38th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.56 reales. Temascaltepec (de Gonzalez) had about 1,400 inhabitants around 1890.

Temascaltepec had 2 sub-offices: Tejupilco and Villa del Valle (Valle de Bravo).

The following consignments were made according to Chapman:
  Day Month Year Invoice # Medio Un Dos Cuatro Ocho
Sent 17 9 1856 56 720 480 240 240 120
Sent 4 2 1857 26   240 480    
Sent 17 4 1857 72   240 380    
Sent 6 5 1857 91   200 190    
Sent 13 5 1857 97   400 380    
Sent 21 7 1857 144   1000 1900    
Sent 25 6 1858 88 240 200      
Sent 7 7 1858 94     190    
Sent 18 8 1858 126     190    
Sent 26 1 1859 16 600 1000 190 60 60
To Toluca 11 7 1859   -398 -600      
Total sent       11 1162 3160 4140 300 180
Returned                  
Total Used 8942 11 1162 3160 4140 300 180
Distribution         12.99% 35.34% 46.30% 3.35% 2.01%
Distribution vs. all stamps         0.20% 0.27% 0.26% 0.20% 0.19%

Temascaltepec was a principal office from 1856 to July 11, 1859, when it came under Toluca.

Only 240 (4 sheets) of the dos reales stamps sent were from plate I, in the emerald shade. 480 (8 sheets) of the dos reales were from plate II, with the remaining 3420 (18 sheets) being from plate III. Sapphires from plate I were never sent, though they are priced by Follansbee. Sapphires are easily mistaken for plate II stamps.

The Temascaltepec overprint is approximately 23½ by 1¼ mm, with leading and trailing dots. It's generally nicely struck. A forged overprint exists where the trailing dot is a square.

The Temascaltepec overprint is rarely found on stamps used in Temascaltepec, whereas stamps used in Tejupilco and Villa del Valle usually are overprinted.

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

Forgeries from Temascaltepec exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.

 

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