Lot 10001 – QUASI OFFICIAL MERCHANTS POST: 1871 Incoming 10k p
1’800 – 2’400 EUR
Wed 12 Dec 2012 at 10:00 (Europe/Zurich)
QUASI OFFICIAL MERCHANTS POST: 1871 Incoming 10k postal stationery envelope (1863 issue) sent to the Border Commissar at Kyakhta on the Siberia / Mongolia border for transmission to a member of the Russian Ecclesiastical Mission at Peking, placed on Postal Wagon No.11-12 (Kiev-Nizhnii-Novgorod), then taken by Merchants’ Post across Mongolia to Peking, received 10.8.71 (ms note)
Note: The Russian Merchants’ (or Mongolian) Post was a private enterprise under the protection of the Russian Government initiated in 1865, about 10 years before the official Russian Post was established in Mongolia and China. A charge for its service was levied on incoming mail, payable by the recipient. From January 1872 such mail received the standard “Doplatit” (to pay) hs.
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