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US #34 10¢ GREEN TYPE IV ON MURPHY'S, CALIFORNIA COVER
 Murphy's, California to Portland, Maine

WITH PHILATELIC FOUNDATION EXPERT CERTIFICATE


Fresh Example of Scarce 1857 Issue 10¢ Green Type IV Recut Top
 properly used on 10¢ California Cover
Scott Catalogue Value on Domestic Cover $2900 USD.

 


Murphy's, Cal. - Cancel



US #34 recut top

Front: Fresh colored three margin copy of US #34 10¢ Green Type IV, recut top, tied by black "MURPHY'S/MAR/4/CAL." CDS single circle cancel.
Reverse: Multiple penciled lotting & ownership marks, one ink, one turquoise circle.
Notes: Nice California gold field usage of US#34 Green 10¢ Type IV, on Murphy's, California cover to Portland, Maine, paying the 10¢ West Coast Rate. Scarce Type IV stamp on a scarce California Cover. A very desirable cover with 1980 Philatelic Foundation Certificate  #85 928. ex Gaston.
Condition: A Fine cover with a scarce stamp from a scarce location. Blind perf on upper right.
Contents: Envelope only, no contents.

Historical Note:
    Murphys’ rich and colorful past came alive in 1848 when John and Daniel Murphy established a trading post and gold mining operation in the area that is now their namesake. True entrepreneurs with the luck of the Irish, they were a part of the very first immigrant party (Stephens-Townsend-Murphy) to successfully bring wagons over the Sierra in 1844, paving the way for westward migration.
     John and Daniel’s cries were among the first heard of “GOLD!” in California. It is reported that the brothers took two million dollars in gold ore from the Murphys Diggins in one year’s time, making them millionaires before the age of 25.
     During that first year, 50 tents, several lean-tos, and two blockhouses were erected, and by 1850, the camp had a population of 1200. In 1852 there were 3000 people, close to the present-day population.
     Murphys was one of California’s richest “diggins". During one winter, five million dollars worth of gold was taken from a four-acre placer area. Such riches attracted fortune hunters and adventure seekers from around the world – gamblers, opportunists, ladies of easy virtue, and honest men, as well as renowned outlaws – among them Joaquin Murietta and Black Bart. (excerpt from visitmurphys.com)



1853 Murphy's Daguerreotype


Reverse of Cover

1980 Philatelic Foundation
Expert Certificate

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