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To illustrate yet another currency change which had taken place in January, 1881, this cover posted at Cienfuegos in April, 1885, is franked with a 10 centavos de peso postage stamp. The exchange rate now was one half real plata fuerte equaled 10 céntimos de escudo, equaled 25 céntimos de peseta, equaled 5 centavos de peso.

Or, in other words, 5 céntimos de peseta equaled 1 centavo de peso. Thus, the postage rate to Spain for a single weight letter, which was formerly 50 céntimos de peseta, was now 10 centavos de peso.

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Tome I, p.52b: Cienfuegos to Madrid. April, 1885.

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