International Mail (15)
Stamps in a new decimal currency were introduced on January
1, 1866. Monetary units changed from reales plata fuerte
to céntimos de escudo. One hundred céntimos
equaled one escudo. One half real plata fuerte equaled 10
céntimos; one real plata fuerte equaled 20 céntimos,
the letter rate to Spain.
This cover, posted at Havana on December 15, 1867, shows
the single weight postage rate of 20 céntimos used
on a letter addressed to Rivadeo, in Galicia, Spain.
It was carried to Cádiz by the vessel Isla de
Cuba, owned by Antonio López & Ca of Alicante,
Spain. Departures from Havana were generally on the 15th
and 30th of the month.
Tome I, p.42b: Havana to Rivadeo,
Spain. 15 December, 1867.