Australian Decimal Currency Postage Rates Compilation

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Zone 2 Covers

Zone 2 covers are very scarce. I dont have many of them. Zone 2 destinations are places such as Fiji, Indonesia and Malaysia

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Scott,

I think it should be 50 cents.

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DW and Scott,

Good one. I have been trying to get a copy of that publication for ages and not been able to find it. I posted a request on stampboads for anyone who could help and did not get a response. I wrote to Richard and he did not have a copy to sell me as it was out of print. He does have later rates on a CD.

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Gentlemen

I am not trying to be difficult about making a copy of the book. I am just not sure I am the best source. I will list the rate tables I have sometime in the next day or so.

Meantime, go an download the current rate booklet from Australia Post since the rates will change on 15 September 2008. Should be a new booklet then.

http://www1.auspost.com.au/pac/pdfs/PostCharges.pdf

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Here is a cover that I got a real buzz out of getting. Its a Zone 3 Airmail cover to Thailand and fills a spot in my collection. As we said previously Zone 2 and 3 covers are quite scarce. I picked it up in a mixed lot that I did not pay much for. I would have paid more for this cover than I paid for the lot.

Its paying the 45 cent rate valid from 31/3/80 till 20/4/82
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Folks,

We are now on to Zone 4 and Zone 5 Covers. This should be more interesting as covers to these zones are more plentiful. There will be some covers to see rather than just masses of blank pages.

This demonstrates how scarce Zone 2 and Zone 3 covers really are.

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I cant let the lovely cover with the 6c honeyeater 13c pink heath and the 6c kangaroo paw go without comment. Its an extremely attractive and rare way to pay the 25c airmail rate to the USA. All three stamps are scarce even as make up rates.
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Economy Air. It is a little later than the above but it's linked. Anyone know when it came in? Does it replace the SAL rate?

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The one above is roughly 1997.

And the below is a newer version dated 5/9/2005
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and was using the same label in February 2005.

Many thanks for all of the above. It's great. Obviously the above are only part of the covers; they are whacking big items.items
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Zone 5 Airmail Letter Rate 1979



Can somebody explain to me the rate of this letter cancelled in CAMBERWELL, VIC on 22 M? 79. Thanks in advance.

From Didge and Pertinax:
The franking is $3.25.
The services that I can identify are registration and zone 5 airmail rate.
The registration fee at the time was $2.
The zone 5 airmail rate was 55 cents for the first 10 grams and 35 cents for each additional 10 grams. So that would make $2.75 total postage for a letter up to 10 grams, $3.10 for a letter between 10 and 20 grams and $3.45 for a letter between 20 and 30 grams.
That makes the franking fit for reg + third weightstep to zone 5.


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As I am starting to get interested here, I note the article in 'The Asia Pacific Exhibitor 21, 2 May 2008' pages 83-87; 'Australia-Domestic, Bar-coded, Local, Surface and Air Mail letter rates 1966 to 2008' by Bernard Doherty. I have not yet done a full comparison with the above but I note the article mentions special Darwin rates starting September 1975 after the disaster up there which I think is not mentioned above.

If I am wrong, sorry. Anyone got an example?

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Thanks for the reference Jack. I will add that along with other references to the initial post. Hopefully someone will have a Darwin example!

Good work!

Anyone - location for the economy air??? Put it with the SAL???
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I don't have much information but there should also be (or have I missed it?)--an 'other articles' category and parcels, certainly around in 1971--

----------- ----------other articles---------------------- parcels-
---------------------- per 2 oz ----------------------------per 6oz-
Zone 1---------------12c ------------------------------------ 45c-
Zone 2---------------20c ------------------------------------ 80c-
Zone 3---------------30c ---------------------------------- $1.20-
Zone 4--------------- 40c ----------------------------------$1.60-
Zone 5-----------------45c --------------------------------- $1.60-

Information gleaned from 'The Bulletin' of the British Society of Australian Philately , p. 116.

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Overseas Express Delivery - August 1971

Excellent Single Usage of 50c Navigator

25c plus postage to Zone 4.

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Nice cover. Its nice to have the OED label on the rear tied as well.

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What a lovely cover GJ.

Here's my duo of the same stamp, paying the fourth rate step to Zone 4 plus registration.

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Tim .. this totally philatelic confection lower cover from 1985, from a well known stamp dealer, using 10 year old stamps is NOT commercial use!
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Thanks for that. I will take it out of the collection.
Cant have duds in there.

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Scott,

That duo is a ripper. I recon unique. I would love to see anyone duplicate it.

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Folks,

I am getting the urge to fire up the decimal wiki again. I have let it slip and need to make sure that I finish it. I will post a few more covers tomorrow.

Any help filling gaps by new decimal collectors would be much appreciated.

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Good to see some more on the way Didge. I have been away a few months myself - and am just starting to warm up the wiki admin typing fingers again. Anything you want edited or tidied up please let me know.

Here is question - where would you put DLO letters in your collection?? In their own grouping? Was the DLO only in existance for a few years or is it still there?? (DLO = Dead letter office for those new to the area)
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Can anybody supply me with a copy of

article in 'The Asia Pacific Exhibitor 21, 2 May 2008' pages 83-87; 'Australia-Domestic, Bar-coded, Local, Surface and Air Mail letter rates 1966 to 2008' by Bernard Doherty.

and the second book of Decimal Postal Rates, by Peck, the post 1991 rates?

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Another rate for the experts.

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$ 0.33 Postage
$ 0.70 Acknowledgment of Receipt
$ 2.75 Registration Fee (10 or more articles lodged)

Not bad for $2 at a local bourse.

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DW,

Nice mate. Good to see three services on the one cover.

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In trying to sort out some rates I ended up with a table that other might find useful.The dates on the left are the dates of each and every rate booklet published by Australia Post in the Decimal era, excepting a small gap I have in my personal collection between 2001 and 2005. I would love to fill that gap.

Anyways here are the published Zone 4 (where I live) Greeting Card and Post Card rates. Enjoy.

I would love to see some 250 to 500 g greeting cards from the 1980's and their $4 and $5 rates.

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DW,

They would be amazing. There would not have been too many sent.

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dwhopper wrote: I would love to see some 250 to 500 g greeting cards from the 1980's and their $4 and $5 rates.
Well, for that weight they would have had to be made of metal or stuffed with dollars!
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Ian,

Exactly.

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