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Great Britain - Queen Elizabeth II : Commonwealth Reply Coupon - Model Barbados Type XIIIc (1966)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
United Kingdom
Type
Commonwealth Reply Coupon
Class
Postal Stationery
Front Inscription
COMMONWEALTH REPLY COUPON
(VALID ONLY FOR EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH)
Face Value
5 Pence
Postmark
20/07/1966
Postmark Town
Yorkshire
Printer
Harrison & Sons Limited
Gum
No Gum
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Cancelled To Order - Extra Fine
Great Britain - Queen Elizabeth II : Commonwealth Reply Coupon - Model Barbados Type XIIIc (1966)


COMMONWEALTH REPLY COUPON
(VALID ONLY FOR EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE COUNTRIES OF THE COMMONWEALTH)

This coupon may be exchanged in any country of the Commonwealth
for a postage stamp or stamps representing the postage on an ordinary single-
rate letter to any other country within the Commonwealth. Exceptionally,
the exchange value in India is 16 naye paise and in Pakistan 20 paisa.



All Commonwealth Reply Coupons were invalidated on 31 October 1975. Some countries ceased to honour them prior to this date.

The usual reason for which postal administrations cease to exchange Commonwealth Reply Coupons is the abolition of Commonwealth concessionary rates of postage for surface letters. Historically, this concession was introduced on social grounds, for the large volume of correspondence between friends and relatives living in the various countries of the British Empire. Over 80% of letters are now sent by Airmail and so the former social link argument for the concession has weakened accordingly. Countries are not obliged to inform the (British) Post Office of their reason for the withdrawal of the concession and generally do not. The Commonwealth Concessionary Rate was completely abolished (in Britain) on 17 March 1975, mainly because of financial considerations.

Type XIIIc

Second line ends: an ordinary single-
Last line reads: the exchange value in India is 16 naye paise and in Pakistan 20 paisa.
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