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Imperial Gazetteer of India, v. 3, p. 423.


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VIII] POSTS AND TELEGR.44PHS 423
In 1903-4 the average amount of an inland money order
was Rs. 17-I3-rI.
Foreign money orders drawn upon, or received from, the Foreign
United Kingdom, and also most British colonies and foreign money
orders and
countries, are expressed in sterling; but there are a few foreign British
countries and British possessions to and from which money postal
orders.
orders are advised in Indian currency.
The following table shows the number and amount of foreign
money-order transactions for the years I88o-I, I89o-I,
I900-I, and 1903-4 :-
FOREIGN MONEY FOREIGN MONEY
ORDERS ISSUED ORDERS PAID
IN INDIA. IN INDIA.
YEAR. Amount Amount
Number iin Indian Numberin Indian
curecy currency
(in lakhs). (in lakhs).
188o-I . 19,281 11 4,o28 2
189o- . 54,407 27 54.036 40
900oo- 97,202 46 252,573 1,29
1903-4 1 I33,119 6i 2S5,995 I,66
The sale of British postal orders for small sums was intro-
duced in 1884. These orders are payable in the United King-
dom and at certain British post offices in foreign countries.
The number sold in I890-I was 39,683, of the total value of
27,76I. By I903-4 the number had risen to I41,429 and
the value to ;90,730.
The Post Office provides, for the use of the public, postage Postage
stamps of various denominations (fourteen in I904), embossed stamps,
envelopes, postcards, and newspaper wrappers. Such of the
stamps, &c., as are required for official purposes are over-
printed 'On H. M. S.' (On His Majesty's Service). There is
also a special t anna service postcard which is prepare
in India. With this exception, all stamps, embossed en-
velopes, postcards, and wrappers are obtained from England
under contract.
The colour and design of the postage stamps have under-
gone various changes from time to time, the most important
being that made in i9oo-I, when India adopted the colours
-green, red, and blue-recommended by the Universal
Postal Union for the stamps representing the three standard
Union rates of 5 centimes, io centimes, and 25 centimes,



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