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Malaysia - Coupon Menjawab Antara Bangsa (Coupon-réponse International) #Vi-19 1968 CTO
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GENERAL INFORMATION
Country
Malaysia
Type
International Reply Coupon
Class
Definitive / Regular Issues
Face Value
40 sen
Postmark
31/05/1968
Postmark Town
Kuala Lumpur
Gum
No Gum
Dimension
105 × 75 mm
IN COLLECTION CONDITION
Preliminary
Normal
Condition
Cancelled To Order - Very Fine
Malaysia - Coupon Menjawab Antara Bangsa (Coupon-réponse International) #Vi-19 1968 CTO
Vertical fold.

Vienna Series
Issued in January 1965

International Reply Coupon

An international reply coupon (IRC) is a coupon that can be exchanged for one or more postage stamps representing the minimum postage for an unregistered priority airmail letter of up to twenty grams sent to another Universal Postal Union (UPU) member country. IRCs are accepted by all UPU member countries.

UPU member postal services are obliged to exchange an IRC for postage, but are not obliged to sell them.

The purpose of the IRC is to allow a person to send someone in another country a letter, along with the cost of postage for a reply. If the addressee is within the same country, there is no need for an IRC because a self-addressed stamped envelope(SASE) or return postcard will suffice; but if the addressee is in another country an IRC removes the necessity of acquiring foreign postage or sending appropriate currency.

Philatelic or Numismatic?

These coupons are always in a grey spot, whether to be treated as philatelic or numismatic item. Considering that it has a monetary value. However, as it was issued by postal service and it is meant for exchange for stamp (or postal service), therefore I am keen on grouping them under philatelic.
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