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Messages - Mark Banchik

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General Discussion / Re: No January Mexicana
« on: January 25, 2021, 12:16:59 PM »
US Postal Service issues; my copy arrived in Southern California a couple of weeks ago.
USPS is still recovering from Holiday loads and staffing challenges.

Eagles / Re: Meaning of Dual 2 Tax on letter ?
« on: February 02, 2020, 05:05:13 PM »

Both '2' markings appear to be the same. This is a wonderful example of a 'through the lines' cover from SLP to Saltillo during mid 1864. The recipient would be charged 2 reales on delivery in Saltillo as the prepaid 2 reales [Eagle stamp] would only cover the postage to the transfer point.


Eagles / Re: QTO eagle used out-of-district?
« on: March 23, 2019, 06:52:56 PM »
Looks more like Salvatierra (unlisted cancel; previously discussed) to me.
Does not have 'negative' Acambaro cancel.


Maximilians / Re: Maximilian engraved 18-1866, Date....
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:05:51 AM »
I have both 13c and 25c examples dated canceled May 25 in my collection.

Maximilians / Re: Maximilian engraved 18-1866, Date....
« on: January 18, 2019, 07:02:51 AM »
Probably good. Some (including Escandon and other Regency supporters) used Maximilian stamps as late as July 1867. Follansbee sold a Soyaniquilpan cover dated late July, 1867. The Post Office reopened June 22, 1867 so a May 1867 Maxi use is quite easily explained.

Maximilians / Re: Maximilian engraved 18-1866, Date....
« on: January 18, 2019, 06:57:08 AM »
can you post a scan?

Maximilians / Re: Help With Mark on Veracruz, 25c...
« on: May 26, 2018, 04:53:48 PM »
'OUND' could be part of the word  'FOUND' such as in a 'NOT FOUND' auxiliary marking seen in some US and/or British offices.

Get a copy of the recent Mexican Revenue book edited by Mike Roberts (info on MEPSI website: for more information.

The 1930 and 1931 overprints were the final straw in Mexican stamp overprint manipulation. They were prepared for a dealer who tightly controlled distribution. In fact, he had almost all of the 4c and $1 '1931' overprint in his stock, and only overprinted the 2c value [1931] several years later (listing removed from most catalogs). According to one source only about 150 sets of the '1931' Habilitado overprints were even distributed to postal outlets. Remaining stocks were finally destroyed after collectors outcry.
Query: Does anyone have knowledge of the number of stamps per pane for both the centavos and peso values?Possibilities for the 1 peso value are 25, 30, or 50 stamps per pane (which were all known as issued for different stamps during this period). Centavos values could be either 50 or 100 stamps/pane.Any help would be appreciated!

Maximilians / Re: Please Help with Number Of Sub-Consignation, Puebla.
« on: February 11, 2018, 08:12:20 PM »
I think that this stamp is invoice 46, sub 31; also San Martin Texmelucan.

Stamp Shows / Re: MEPSI OAXACA 2018
« on: January 15, 2018, 12:55:51 AM »
Hotel Noria already sold out for part of meeting. Hotel 'Marques del Valle' located immediately on Zocalo (next to Cathedral) , 2 blocks from meeting site still has some rooms at reasonable rates.

1874 Issue / Re: out-of-district usage
« on: December 07, 2017, 08:17:11 PM »
Definitely a Puebla cancel and overprint. Numeral error.

General Discussion / Re: Postal rate help requested
« on: November 21, 2017, 03:44:46 PM »
Send me your email address so that I can send some postal publications directly to you.Best to Magdalena,

Maximilians / Re: Maxi 7c litho variety not in NF catalog
« on: August 26, 2017, 12:47:22 PM »
Hi all,
Appears to be more related to over/wet inking then a true 'consistent' variety.Will check my holdings to see if either theory is supported.

1868 Issue / Re: Anotado query
« on: August 19, 2017, 11:36:54 PM »
February 8, 1872 date seems too early. EKU for anotado covers is March 5 with LKU mid April 1872.

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