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50 Mils 1960, Cyprus

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Years of issue: 1960
Edition:
Signatures: no signature
Serie: No Serie
Specimen of: 1949
Material: Cotton fiber
Size (mm): 105 х 75
Printer: Benziger & Cie S. A., Einsiedeln,

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50 Mils 1960

Description

Watermark:

Avers:

50 Mils 1960

On the right and left sides are patterns.

In top right corner is an inscription "Formule C22" (design of coupon).

The inscriptions (explanations to the coupon) in English and French.

The name Cyprus in English and Turkish languages is lower.

Denominations in numeral and in words is centered.

Revers:

50 Mils 1960

Inscriptions (explanations to the coupon) in German, English, Arabic, Japanese, Spanish and Russian.

Comments:

An international reply coupon (IRC) is a coupon that can be exchanged for one or more postage stamps representing the minimum postage for an unregistered priority airmail letter of up to twenty grams sent to another Universal Postal Union (UPU) member country. IRCs are accepted by all UPU member countries. UPU member postal services are obliged to exchange an IRC for postage, but are not obliged to sell them.

The purpose of the IRC is to allow a person to send someone in another country a letter, along with the cost of postage for a reply. If the addressee is within the same country, there is no need for an IRC because a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) or return postcard will suffice; but if the addressee is in another country an IRC removes the necessity of acquiring foreign postage or sending appropriate currency.

In April 1927 United Kingdom distributed in their dependent territories imperial reply coupons. In May 1953 they became the reply coupons of the Commonwealth and in October 31, 1975 ceased to exist.