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study.gif posted on 4/16/2005 at 16:13
What tariff may this be?

This cover belonged obviously to a registered letter (3AKA3HOE) with a weight less than 1 Loth (1 below the registration number on the top left from Warsaw sent to Wilkowisko in Poland on February 1, 1877. The cover is shortened on the left and there are no stamps on the reverse.
The item shows in total a postage of 20Kop. , while a postage of 23 Kop. (8Kop. for the letter, 10 Kop. for the registration and 5 Kop. for the rezepisse) would be correct. It was posted at the office like any other registered letter, so it cannot be an error of the sender. Why the wrong tariff? Or is it to some reasons a right tariff?
Please tell me the truth


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[*] posted on 4/18/2005 at 09:38

From Article 3 of the UPU Treaty of 1875 (rates effective 19 June 1875):


The general Union rate of postage is fixed at 25 centimes for a single prepaid letter.

Nevertheless, as a measure of conversion, the option is reserved to each country, in order to suit its monetary or other requirements, of levying a rate higher or lower than this charge, provided that it does not exceed 32 centimes or go below 20 centimes.

Every letter which does not exceed 15 grammes in weight shall be considered a single letter. The charge upon letters exceeding that weight shall be a single rate for every 15 grammes or fraction of 15 grammes.


The 25 centimes rate was not fixed until the second UPU Treaty of 1878. The Russian 7k letter rate.

Could this cover possibly be an example of Russia using the lower 20-centime rate (5k) instead of the higher 32-centimes rate (8k)?
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