8) Medium Circle (4 figure year)


 

In use from 1889 to 1894, 24 mm in diameter, known from Yokohama, Kobe, Nagasaki, Tokio, Hakodate, Osaka, Kioto, Shanghai, Ninsen, Gensan and Fusan. Cancels in black, brown, blue-black and violet have been found.
 
 

8yo1: Foreign Mail Postcard 3 Sen, 1879 issue (thin paper), FC5, from Yokohama to Java (Indonesia)
  • Medium Circle Yokohama, 9. July 1891
  • N.I. Agent Singapore, 28. 7. 1891
  • Weltevreden, 31. 7. 1891
  • Receiver Buitenzorg, 2. 8. 1891
  • Hong Kong July 20. 1891 on backside
Medium Circle Yokohama

 
8yo2: Foreign Mail Postcard 3 Sen, reply part used as normal postcard, 1885 issue, FC7, from Kobe via Yokohama to Schwerin, Germany. 
  • Medium Circle Yokohama, 20 May 1890
  • Small Single Circle Kobe P&T.O., 16 May 1890
Kobe started to use the Medium Circle on Jan. 21,1890. So here we see a late usage of the Kobe Small Single Circle in combination with a Medium Circle.
Medium Circle Yokohama

 
8ko1: Letter with 10 Sen new Koban from Kobe via Yokohama to Darmstadt, Germany. 
  • Kobe Medium Circle, 16 NOV 1891
  • Yokohama Medium Circle, 18 NOV 1891
  • Receiver Darmstadt on backside
Kobe Medium Circle

 
8ko2:Foreign Mail Postcard, 3 Sen, 1879 issue, FC5 
  • Kobe Medium Circle, 14 SEP 1891
  • French Ship Cancellation: Ligne N. Paq.FR. No.5
Kobe Medium Circle

 
8na1: 10 Sen New Koban 
  • Nagasaki Medium Circle, 16 DEC 1891
Nagasaki Medium Circle

 
Tokio Medium Circle
8to1: Cover with 5 Sen UPU Koban, from Tokyo via Yokohama to New York 
  • Tokio Medium Circle, 23 OCT 1890
  • Yokohama Medium Circle, 23 OCT 1890
  • Receiver New York 11-16-90 on backside of cover
Remarks: I find the letters in the Yokohama Medium Circle smaller than in other Medium circle cancellations, only about 2 mm in height 
versus the normal 3 mm.

 
8to2: 2 Sen Foreign Mail Postcard FC4 from Tokyo to Colombus, Ohio 
  • Tokio Medium Circle: 5 MAR 1892
  • Yokohama Medium Single Circle: 9 MAR 1892
Remark: the Tokio date is later than the latest recording by Bishop: 1892.2.10
Tokio Medium Circle

 
8to3: Cover without stamp (Service des Postes) from Tokyo via Yokohama to Berlin in Germany.
  • Tokio Medium Circle with M.O.O. in violet: 7 OCT 1893
  • Tokyo Meiji with large lettering in brown: 7 X 1893
  • Yokohama Meiji with serifs: 8 X 1893 on back
  • Berlin arrival marking: 10 11 93  on back.
Remark: I have shown this M.O.O. marking (probably Money Order Office) to quite a number of experts, dealers and auctioneers here in Japan - nobody had ever seen this type of postmark before. So this cover with the M.O.O. can very well be unique.

 
8to4: Cover with 10 Sen new Koban from Tokyo via Yokohama to Berlin, Germany 
  • Tokyo Medium Circle with serifs: 8 MAR 1890
  • Yokohama Medium Circle: 9 MAR 1890
  • Berlin arrival mark: 21. 4. 90
Tokyo Medium Circle

 
8ha1: 2 Sen UPU Koban
  • Hakodate Medium Circle: 14 JUN 1894
Remark: This is an exceptional late use of this Medium Circle normally applied from October 1891 to February 1892.  The latest report of a Hakodate Meiji stamp is from 1894. 5. 24 and the first of  Medium Single Circle with a 2 figure year is from 1994. 12. 29. It looks as if the old Medium Circle with the 4 figure year was reused in the time between the Meiji and the 2 figure year cancellation.
Hakodate Medium Circle

 
8ki1: Replycard FC6 from Kioto via Yokohama and San Francisco to Exeter, N.H., USA. A late usage for this type of Kioto cancellation. 
  • Kioto Medium Circle: 16 MAR 1892
  • Yokohama Medium Circle: 17 MAR 1892
  • San Francisco Paid All: APR 1
  • Exeter N.H. Rec'd: APR 17
Kioto Medium Circle

 
8sh1: 5 Sen UPU Koban 
  • Shanghai Medium Circle, 12 FEB 1892
Shanghai Medium Circle

 
8ni1: 4 Sen new Koban on piece 
  • Ninsen J.P.O. Medium Circle: 4 DEC 1891
Ninsen J.P.O. Medium Circle
 

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