TYPE IVa Interpostals January 1868
Kehr describes the Type IVa seals as follow:
Inscribed “POSTE YICE REALI EGIZIANE” in white letters on a background of cross-hatching around the top arch; and town name in coloured letters around bottom of the same arch-panel. The whole enclosed by a circular frame of thick, thin and thick lines and finally, around outside, a double-thick line measuring 39 mm in diameter. The Arabic inscription, "Busta Masrieh Mirieh" - which means Official Egyptian Mail - is arranged in three lines in the centre in coloured lettering on a background of fine vertical lines. Printed in black on tinted paper, except as noted.
- The letter 0 in POSTE, is round.
- The letter G in EGIZIANE, is shaped more like a C
The 1915 O. May Catalog describes Type IVa issue in more detail below:
Letter 0 is oval, and G poorly shaped, thus : " G " ; inscription is in thicker lettering, with less space between words : e.g., 1.5 mm. between " VICE " and " REALI ".
According to O. May, these seals were in circulation from 1869 to 1874 .
...Kehr records a total of 136 varieties in the type iv a seal, listed below with link to pictures from our collection