Zacatecas, un real plate 1, pos. 1.
Top and left frameline showing (Ex. Bash).
Zacatecas, un real.
Cancelled in Aguascalientes with Sz 1929
Zacatecas, dos reales olive.
Plate I, position 1.
Zacatecas is the capital of the state of Zacatecas. It was the 7th largest postal district, based on the number of stamps used, and 7th by total value of all stamps used. The average cost of the stamps used was 1.65 reales. Zacatecas had about 25,000 inhabitants in 1850.
Zacatecas had 25 sub-offices: Agostadero, Aguascalientes, Asientos, Bolanos, Calvillo, Colotlan, Chalchihuites, Fresnillo, Hacienda del Carro, Huejucar, Juchilpa, La Luz, Nieves, Ojo Caliente, Rincon de Romos, Sain Alto, San Miguel del Mexquital, Sierra Hermosa, Sombrerete, Teul, Tlaltenango, Villagran, Villa Ortega del Rio Grande, Mazapil and Xeres (Jeres).
|Distribution vs. all stamps||5.42%||3.67%||4.10%||5.01%||6.61%|
Aguascalientes was a sub-office under Zacatecas
until late 1867. From November 3, 1858 to November 30, 1858 the post office of
Zacatecas was located in Aguascalientes. In December 1858 and January 1859 the
stamps were marked Zacatecas in manuscript, according to Roberto Liera.
The Mexican civil war (War of the Reform, 1858 - 1861) had some of its fiercest battles in this area.
Zacatecas used at least two overprints:
19½ by 2 mm with dots at the foot of the first and last letter.
21 by 2½ mm without dots.
A district name was also applied by hand, the so-called Manuscript overprint. This was most likely used in late 1858 to early 1859 when the main office was located in Aguascalientes. Some say that there are eight varieties of the manuscript overprint, but there may be even more. The manuscript overprint "Type 8" was used provisionaly in 1864 with mute cancels. In 1858 - 59 the most common cancel is the Agascalientes box cancel.
On average, the stamps have normal margins for the issue.
Though a relatively high number of the cuatro and ocho reales stamps were sent, they are quite scarce today. One good reason for this is the fact that many were split (cut in pieces) to make up for a lack of lower value stamps. These splits are therefore relatively more common from Zacatecas than from other districts. The use of split stamps was against regulations, and the use of these therefore constitutes illegal usage.
Forgeries from Zacatecas are uncommon.
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