Seebeck officials

The idea of "official" stamps has its dubious source with Seebeck. Their acceptance as genuine postage stamps has been far from whole-hearted. Their usage varies greatly from government correspondance to the Honduran rich, good ole boy network. The Seebeck officials were never officially requested by the Honduran government. No pun intended.

Nevertheless a few made it from New York and were postally used. This is a cover bearing a 10c coat of arms official with Philatelic Foundation Certification. It bears a CMD postmark and MCS cancel currently in use in Tegucigalpa at the time according to the Anderson cancellation catalog.

Coat of Arms official on cover

It it not unique because a second cover has surfaced in the Anderson collection. That makes a total of two genuinely used examples of Seebeck officials.

Cabanas official cover 1893

Here we see a cover bearing a Bogran 20 centavo official and two one centavo CabaƱas greens. According to the Anderson cancellation catalog, both the mute MCM and the O postmark were in use in Amapala when the cover was mailed October 5, 1893. Both covers are superbly rare.

Seebeck Officials Counterfeits.

Since these official stamps were never generally distributed in Honduras these issues vary from complete rejection to rare exceptions. Mint copies are as American made as apple pie. Cancelled singles are counterfeit creations of Honduran good ole boys. But a cover posted and registered with one of these is another story! There were even some Stripes and Crooked Lit counterfeits on the trencito officials!
bogus cancels for collectors
Seebeck official prices
-Anderson Catalog of Classic Honduran Stamps by Craig Anderson © 2013.
Honduras Report by Richard Washburn from The Oxcart, winter 1994.