Saturday, December 13, 2008

An Elusive sole franking: a 5-franc Three Towers Official First Day Cover!


The 5-franc 'Three Towers' pictorial was overprinted Officiel and issued on 30 August 1934.  It proved to be the second to the last of the many officiel overprints, which first appeared in 1875.  Used examples are scarce; covers even more so.  Thus, I was quite pleased to obtain the cover shown above used on the stamp's First Day of Issue.
The elusive 5-franc Three Towers overprinted officiel exactly pays the postage, registry and COD fees on a letter from the Grand Ducal Postes & Télégraphes office to Anvers [Antwerp], Belgium.

Here is the explication of the 5.00-franc rate:
  • 0.75 F postage (20 g letter to Belgium)
  • 1.75 F registry fee
  • 2.00 F basic COD [remboursement] fee
  • 0.50 F 25c/50 F COD [here 95 francs]

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