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Commercial Papers Rates 1875-1966

Introduction


c.1895 (undated cancel) - basic 2½d rate for up to 10oz to Germany,
item sent in uprated newspaper wrapper, possibly legal documents
The term "commercial papers" in the overseas post referred to papers or documents that were wholly or partly handwritten or drawn, but were not in the nature of correspondence.

Examples included legal documents, invoices and other mercantile paperwork, manuscripts of books and music, and even postal history! (Well, "letters and post-cards of old date which have already served their original purpose" anyway.)

The initial weight steps were high to take account of the nature of such material. Commercial papers as a separate category were discontinued from 1st February 1966.

Rates

Date Rate Date Rate Date Rate
1875
(1 Jul)
1d - 2oz
2d - 4oz
3d - 6oz
4d - 8oz
5d - 10oz
6d - 12oz
7d - 14oz
8d - 1lb
9d - 1lb 2oz
10d - 1lb 4oz
11d - 1lb 6oz
1s - 1lb 8oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1879
(1 Apr)
2½d - 4oz
3d - 6oz
3½d - 8oz
4d - 10oz
4½d - 12oz
5d - 14oz
5½d - 1lb
6d - 1lb 2oz
6½d - 1lb 4oz
7d - 1lb 6oz
7½d - 1lb 8oz
8d - 1lb 10oz

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1879
(1 Jul)
2½d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
3½d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
4½d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
5½d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz
6½d - 1lb 10oz
7d - 1lb 12oz
7½d - 1lb 14oz
8d - 2lb

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1921
(13 Jun)
3d - 12oz
3½d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
4½d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
5½d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz
6½d - 1lb 10oz
7d - 1lb 12oz
7½d - 1lb 14oz
8d - 2lb
8½d - 2lb 2oz

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1923
(14 May)
2½d - 10oz
3d - 12oz
3½d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
4½d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
5½d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz
6½d - 1lb 10oz
7d - 1lb 12oz
7½d - 1lb 14oz
8d - 2lb

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1948
(1 Jul)
3d - 12oz
3½d - 14oz
4d - 1lb
4½d - 1lb 2oz
5d - 1lb 4oz
5½d - 1lb 6oz
6d - 1lb 8oz
6½d - 1lb 10oz
7d - 1lb 12oz
7½d - 1lb 14oz
8d - 2lb
8½d - 2lb 2oz

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1949
(1 May)
3d - 10oz
3½d - 12oz
4d - 14oz
4½d - 1lb
5d - 1lb 2oz
5½d - 1lb 4oz
6d - 1lb 6oz
6½d - 1lb 8oz
7d - 1lb 10oz
7½d - 1lb 12oz
8d - 1lb 14oz
8½d - 2lb

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1950
(1 Oct)
4d - 12oz
4½d - 14oz
5d - 1lb
5½d - 1lb 2oz
6d - 1lb 4oz
6½d - 1lb 6oz
7d - 1lb 8oz
7½d - 1lb 10oz
8d - 1lb 12oz
8½d - 1lb 14oz
9d - 2lb
9½d - 2lb 2oz

Each addl. 2oz - ½d
1957
(1 Oct)
6d - 10oz
7d - 12oz
8d - 14oz
9d - 1lb
10d - 1lb 2oz
11d - 1lb 4oz
1s - 1lb 6oz
1s 1d - 1lb 8oz
1s 2d - 1lb 10oz
1s 3d - 1lb 12oz
1s 4d - 1lb 14oz
1s 5d - 2lb

Each addl. 2oz - 1d
1963
(1 Jul)
7d - 8oz
8½d - 10oz
10d - 12oz
11½d - 14oz
1s 1d - 1lb
1s 2½d - 1lb 2oz
1s 4d - 1lb 4oz
1s 5½d - 1lb 6oz
1s 7d - 1lb 8oz
1s 8½d - 1lb 10oz
1s 10d - 1lb 12oz
1s 11½d - 1lb 14oz

Each addl. 2oz - 1½d
1966
(31 Jan)

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