TYPES IV and IVa , January 1868
Types IV, issued January 1868, are divided into two: Type IV and IVa See illustration below to identify the type. Kehr describes them as follows:
Inscribed āPOSTE YICE REALI EGIZIANEā 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 mentioned.