THE I n t e r p o s t a l  S e a l s OF EGYPT:1864-1892

Type VII  Interpostal Seals 1879-80

Type VII seals are fairly rare and highly sought after by interpostal seal collectors, this type differs slightly from the more common types VIII and VIII-a, which were issued in great quantities in later years, in that the town names are not inscribed in Arabic letters on each seal. Instead, the word ‘Masrieh’ is inscribed in the center in Arabic letters below ‘POST KHEDIVIE’ in Arabic. ‘Masrieh’ is the Arabic word for ‘Egyptian’. Therefore these seals are inscribed in Arabic “Khedival Egyptian Post” Pronounced “..Bosta Khediwya Masrieh”. However, in French (Above center), the Inscription is “Poste Egyptiennes”, or Egyptian Post without any mention of the Khedival authority!!

Type VII seals were later supplemented by type Vii-a seals Issued for a small number of mainly Sudanese and foreign offices. Both tpyes Vii and Vii-a exist in two die formats; die ‘A’ and die ‘B’.

 

Kehr describes the type VII Interpostal Seals as follows:

“..cross­hatched lines in top of outer circular panel. Below, in a white panel, is the name of the town. In centre, in three lines is the Arabic, "Bustah Khadywiet Masrieh", in coloured letters against a background of fine vertical lines. Printed in vermilion on white. (Shades.)

There are two dies of this type:‑

DIE A.      

    0 of POSTES is round; dots of    Arabic inscription are square.

DIE B.      

    The 0 of POSTES is rectangular and thicker with a verticalslit as a centre; the dots in the Arabic inscriptions are rounded.

Size: 39 to 39-1/2 mm.

In the 1984 Issue of the Kehr Catalogue of Interpostal Seals the publisher, Peter Cockrill added the following note about Dies A and B:

    “..(Some specialists are of the opinon that these two dies should be separated as two distinct different printings. P.C. )”

Kehr Catalog Numbers of Type VII Interpostal Seals

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Kehr Cat. No.

Post Office

Value (1984)

 

380

Aba-el-Wakf

£ 4.00

 

381

Abou Choukouk

£ 4.00

 

382

Abu Hammad

£ 4.00

 

383

Abuhommus

£ 3.00

 

384

Abou Kebir

£ 3.00

 

385

Abou Kerkas

£ 4.00

 

386

Aboutik

£ 3.00

 

387

Alexandrie

£ 3.00

 

388

Armante

£ 4.00

 

*389

Aschmouth

-

 

389A

Ashmant

£ 5.00

 

390

Assiout

£ 3.00

 

391

Assouan

£ 4.00

 

391-1

Atfe

£ 3.00

 

392

Ayat

£ 4.00

 

393

Bedrechein

£ 6.00

 

394

Baliana

£ 4.00

 

395

Benha (block letters)

£ 3.00

 

395a

" (heavy roman letters)

£ 4.00

 

395-1

Beni Korrah

£ 5.00

 

396

Beni Mazar

£ 4.00

 

397

Benisoueff

£ 4.00

 

398

Bibeh

£ 4.00

 

399

Birket-el-Sab

£ 4.00

 

400

Bordein

£ 5.00

 

401

Bouha

£ 5.00

 

402

Boulak

£ 4.00

 

402a

Boulak Dacrour

£ 5.00

 

403

Caire

£ 3.00

 

403a

" (FRANCA overprint)

£10.00

 

404

Colosnah

£ 4.00

 

405

Damanhour

£ 3.00

 

405a

Damanhour (bold letters )

£ 5.00

 

406

Damiette

£ 4.00

 

407

Dechna

£ 5.00

 

408

Dessouk

£ 4.00

 

409

Deyrout

£10.00

 

410

Economat

£ 4.00

 

410a

Edwa

£ 6.00

 

411

Enchasse

£ 5.00

 

412

Edkou (?Edfou)

£ 4.00

 

413

Esneh

£ 4.00

 

414

Facouss

£ 5.00

 

415

Fayum

£ 4.00

 

416

Fescne

£ 4.00

 

*416a

Fesnce

-

 

417

Fechne

£ 4.00

 

418

Galioub

£ 3.00

 

419

Ghizeh

£ 4.00

 

*419a

Guizeh

-

 

420

Koutour

£ 6.00

 

420a

Gotour

£ 5.00

 

421

Gourrieh

£ 5.00

 

422

Gouss

£ 5.00

 

423

Hadra

£ 6.00

 

424

Hehza

£ 6.00

 

425

Ismailia

£ 3.00

 

426

Kafre Amar

£ 5.00

 

427

Kafre Dawoud

£ 5.00

 

428

Kafr-Cheih

£ 5.00

 

428a

Kafre Cheik

£ 8.00

 

429

Kafr-Zayat

£ 4.00

 

429a

Kafr-el-Zayat

£ 5.00

 

430

Kartoum

£20.00

 

431

Keneh

£ 4.00

 

432

Korosko

£ 4.00

 

432A

Korrachieh

£ 6.00

 

433

Louxor (25 mm)

£ 6.00

 

433a

" (17 mm)

£ 4.00

 

434

Magaga

£ 4.00

 

435

Manachi

£ 5.00

 

436

Mehalla

£ 4.00

 

*437

Mehallet-Moussa

-

 

438

Mehallet Roh

£ 3.00

 

439

Manfalout

£ 4.00

 

440

Mansura (Roman letters )

£ 5.00

 

440a

Mansourah

£ 8.00

 

441

Massaouah

£15.00

 

442

Matahne

£ 6.00

 

443

Mellawi

£ 4.00

 

*444

Mallaz

 

 

445

Mataz

£ 5.00

 

446

Minouf

£ 4.00

 

447

Minet-el-Gamh

£ 5.00

 

448

Minieh

£ 4.00

 

449

Mit Berra

£ 5.00

 

450

Nawa

£ 8.00

 

451

Nazali Ganoub

£ 7.50

 

452

Port-Said

£ 3.00

 

453

Ramleh

£ 4.00

 

454

Samanud

£ 3.00

 

455

Santah

£ 6.00

 

456

Chibin-el-Anater

£ 4.00

 

457

Chibin-el-Kom

£ 4.00

 

458

Cherbine

£ 4.00

 

458a

Senar

£ 6.00

 

458b

Sembellawein

£ 7.50

 

459

Sidi Gaber

£ 4.00

 

460

Suez

£ 3.00

 

461

Tahta

£ 7.50

 

462

Tantah

£ 3.00

 

463

Teh-el-Baroud

£ 4.00

 

463a

" (heavy block letters)

£ 6.00

 

464

Talah

£ 5.00

 

464a

Tala

£ 6.00

 

465

Tel-el-Kibir

£ 3.00

 

466

Tel-el-Kebir

£ 7.50

 

467

Terieh

£ 6.00

 

468

Took

£ 3.00

 

468A

Vadi Halfe

£20.00

 

468B

Wadi-Halfa

£15.00

 

469

Wardan

£ 5.00

 

470

Zagazig

£ 4.00

 

471

Zifte (Roman)

£ 3.00

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