U5 1895 (20 Dec.) U5 to London, bearing 1895 (Dec.) "2½" on 1½a. clearly tied by large part Mombasa squared-circle d.s. and showing, on reverse, red arrival d.s. for 13 January 1896; the U5 with some small faults including minor tears at right, nevertheless a rare commercial useage. Photo
Note: Only four other commercial covers are recorded by John Minns, with 20 December being the earliest recorded date.