"From my Collection"
Some interesting examples from our collections
ONLY A FARTHING
Some readers may recall the small Farthing coin - a quarter of an old penny and with 960 to the pound.
Britain itself never issued a Farthing stamp (¼d) although private Circular Dellivery Companies offered a Farthing Local Delivery service in 1865-69 until suppressed by the Post Office). However over the years a number of British colonies did offer a Farthing Rate, beginning with Barbados in 1896.
In most cases the farthing rate covered inland newspapers, but there were exceptions to this, one being the Turks & Caicos Islands where a farthing rate was introduced on 1 August 1910 to cover
Inland letters for delivery from the office of posting (¼d per oz)
Inland books, papers & parcels - ¼d per 2oz.
A farthing stamp featuring the Turk's Head cactus was issued in 1910. The Dependency's other stamps bore the King's head, but this design was unique to the ¼d denomination and whilst there were changes in colour and watermark, it remained in use until 1938 when replaced by the King George VI raking salt design.
Local ¼d rate cover postmarked Grand Turk (date unknown)
1911 Recess-printed by De La Rue & Co Watermark Multiple Crown CA P.14.