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Plate I emerald, pos. 53
Plate I emerald, pos. 59
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).
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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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