Victoria (Ciudad Victoria)
Victoria, medio real plate 2, pos. 1.
Red cancel from Tula de Tamaulipas (Sz 1839)
Victoria, un real plate 1 or 2.
Split top frame line.
|Victoria, dos reales plate 1, pos 5, emerald.|
Victoria is located in the state of Tamaulipas. It was the 31th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 29th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.49 reales. Ciudad Victoria had about 5,200 inhabitants in 1850.
Victoria had 9 sub-offices: Camargo, Ciudad Guerrero, Escandon, Jaumave, Palmillas, Reynosa, Salinas Hidalgo, Tula de Tamaulipas and Villagran.
|Distribution vs. all stamps||0.75%||0.66%||0.45%||0.39%||0.82%|
No stamps were sent after July 24, 1857, due to the fact that Ciudad Victoria, as well as the rest of Tamaulipas, came under the control of the liberal Benito Juarez. The post office headquarters in Mexico City was under the control of the conservatives, with General Felix Zuloaga as their leader. The War of the Reform from 1858 to 1861 was one of the bloodiest civil wars in Mexican history.
The Victoria overprint is approximately 16 by 2 mm. It's generally nicely struck.
On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue.
In ca. 1900 four sheets (= 240 stamps) of the 8 reales denomination came on the market. They were sold to various dealers and collectors. Both the 4 and the 8 reales stamps are more common unused than cancelled.
Forgeries from Victoria exist. A MEPSI certificate is recommended.
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