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Straits Settlements - SPECIMEN Postal Stationery Prepaid 1 cent (1903)
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Straits Settlements
Type
Postcard
Class
Postal Stationery
Front Inscription
UNION POSTALE UNIVERSELLE | STRAITS SETTLEMENTS | POST CARD
Face Value
1 cent
Issued Date
1903
Printer
De La Rue & Co, Limited (UK)
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
121 × 74 mm
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Specimen
Condition
Mint Hinged - Extra Fine
CATALOG INFORMATION
P20
Standard Catalog of Malaysia, Singapore & Brunei
Straits Settlements - SPECIMEN Postal Stationery Prepaid 1 cent (1903)
Straits Settlements Postal Stationery with 1 cent Postal Prepaid (SPECIMEN)

Postal Stationery

A piece of postal stationery is a stationery item, such as a stamped envelope, letter sheet, postal card, lettercard, aerogram or wrapper, with an imprinted stamp or inscription indicating that a specific rate of postage or related service has been prepaid. It does not, however, include any postcard without a pre-printed stamp.

Postal cards are postal stationery and have a printed or embossed indicium and are sold by governmental postal authorities. Some of the forms taken by postal cards include the regular single card, the attached message-reply cards, airmail postal cards, and official postal cards used for official government business with a "penalty for private use". Postcards, on the other hand, is a term used to designate cards prepared by private companies that do not have prepaid franking and readily available at commercial outlets. They are frequently illustrated with pictures or printed advertisements. They are generally not considered postal stationery.

Front Side

The image of the stamp appears to be King Edward VII.

The text and indicium1 are in green.

The indicium1 shows the value of 1 cent.

Text that appears on the card:

POST CARD
STRAITS SETTLEMENTS

THE ADDRESS ONLY TO BE WRITTEN ON THIS SIDE.

Whilst on the image of the stamp:

STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
POSTAGE
1 CENT


SPECIMEN on angle across the observe side of the postcard.

The size of the postcard is: 121 x 74 mm
The size of the indicium is: 18 x 23 mm

Back Side

The backside of the card appears to be blank.

Currency & State

During this time, Straits Settlements are based on Spanish American Dollar, where $1 = 100 cents.

Interchangably in contemporary Malay Language, Dollar was known as Ringgit whilst cent was known as sen.

During this time, Straits Settlements was British Crown Colony and consisted of Penang Island (and Province Wellesley), Malacca and Singapore.

Observation

Card is in good condition.

Spots can be seen.

Signs of lightly hinged on the reverse.

More information needed about the printer, method of printing.


1. indicium - An indication, sign, or token - specifically, the stamp on mail indicating paid postage.
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