Domestic Mail (11): “P. Nueva Carolina/ v Batabanó”
Endorsed “P[or] Nueva Carolina v[ia] Batabanó,”
this cover traveled by an interesting route. Written at
Havana on September 12, 1867, it was routed across
the island to the port of Batabanó on the southern
coast. At Batabanó, the mail was loaded aboard
the vessel Nueva Carolina, and dispatched for the port
of Manzanillo. The letter is backstamped at Manzanillo
on September 16, 1867.
It is franked* with a 10 cent. stamp issued on January 1,
1867. This is the first Cuban issue appearing with perforations.
All prior stamps had to be cut from the sheet with scissors.
It also reflects a change in currency from reales plata
fuerte to céntimos de escudo. One hundred céntimos
equal one escudo. One half real plata fuerte equaled 10 céntimos
de escudo, which was the single letter rate within the
island of Cuba.
*An official marking indicating that no further postage
Tome I, number 38b: Havana to Manzanillo,
12 September 1867.