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Domestic Mail (12): “Havana”

On January 1, 1877, the first issue with the name of the colony appeared, in this case, "Cuba". Postage stamps issued previously had not indicated the name of the Spanish colony where they were to be used.

This letter was posted at Havana on January 12, 1877, in the first month of use of this new issue depicting King Alfonso XII.

The postage rate was paid with a 25 centimos de peseta stamp, representing another currency change. Actually, this paid the same postage rate for single weight internal mail as had been previously paid by a half real plata stamp. One half real plata equaled 10 céntimos de escudo equaled 25 centimos de peseta.

Tome I, number 48: Havana to Matanzas, 12 January 1877.


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