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International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Costa Rica

Costa RicaEdit

The first meter appeared in 1938. All stamps contain COSTA RICA in the frank. The stamps are grouped according to appearance:

A - Upright straight-sided rectangle with country name in curved panel above the value figures
B - Straight-sided rectangle without arced inner panel
C - Horizontal rectangle enclosing the TM as well as the frank
D - Rectangle with simulated-perforation border
E - Open design without outer border




GROUP A: Upright frank with “COSTA RICA” in curved panel near top”Edit


Costa Rica stamp type A0point1.jpg

A0.1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1938. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, only two mailed examples known. Proofs are not as rare.]

Frank 25 x 31 mm (width excluding curved panel).
“CORREOS” at top "CENTAVOS" at bottom.
M# “U.1” prefix below "CENTAVOS".
Value figures angular.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000

NOTES: This stamp was previously thought to be an essay until a mailed example turned up in 2012. The “CENTAVOS” version was used prior to the "CENTIMOS" version (type A1).



Costa Rica A1B.jpg

A1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1940.

As Type A0.1 but with "CENTIMOS" replacing "CENTAVOS".
M# with “U” prefix.
Value figures angular.
A. “POST PAID” added beneath curved panel MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Without "POST PAID". M# U1 only MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Printed in brown MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[One reported]





Costa Rica stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV), 1966. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Very similar to Type A1, but shorter frank with “COLONES” above M#.
Without “POST PAID”. M# with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo





Costa Rica A3A.jpg
Costa Rica A3.jpg



A3. Postalia “D2” (MV), 1957. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type A1B but curved panel is contained within the side borders.
Value figures are small, narrow and oval.
M# with “P” prefix.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing between TM and frank
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000








Costa Rica stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Neopost “105” (LV6), 1947. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Small frank with straight outer frame lines excepting curved panel containing country name extending outward.
Frank is 19 x 25 mm excluding the curved panel.
"POST PAID" below curved panel.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: DC
Values seen:
CENTIMOS: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3, 5, 10, 15, 25, 40
COLON: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1
a. Examples used without town mark are government Official stamps.





Costa Rica stamp type A4point1.jpg

A4.1. Satas "Baby" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears to be quite scarce. Value unknown]

Similar to Type A4 but the frank is wider, and the date and value figures are tall.
The curved panel containing "COSTA RICA" extends farther outside the sides of the frame.
"PORTE PAGANO" below curved panel.
Meter number with "PERMISO No. S" prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00





Costa Rica A5.jpg

A5. Satas “Rotary” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Post Office stamp.
As Type A4.1 but narrower frank.
Date and value figures short.
”PERMISO NO.” below “CENTIMOS” at bottom.
"POSTA PAGADO" below curved panel.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00



Costa Rica A6.jpg


A6. Pitney Bowes-GB “Simplex” (LV-25), 1958.

Frank 24 x 27 mm with curved panel contained within the side borders.
M# with “P.B.” or “S” prefix.
A. With “COLONES” and “S” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. With “CENTIMOS” and “S” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
C. With “CENTIMOS” and “P.B.” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: DC
Values seen:
COLONES: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.20, 0.35, 0.40, 1.00, 1.25
CENTIMOS: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg30, 60, 70, 90, 125






GROUP B: Frank is straight-sided rectangle without curved inner frameEdit


Costa Rica stamp type B1.jpg

B1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Upright frank inscribed “COSTA RICA / CORREOS” in top panels and “MAQ. No (M#)/ PERM. No “P#)” in bottom panels.
“CENTIMOS” below value figures.
P# with “U” prefix.
One seen with machine ID number 1000 and P# U.2.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00



Costa Rica B2.jpg


B2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank is large, simple square with “CORREOS DE/ COSTA RICA” at top and “Colones” above P# at bottom.
P# with “Perm. H” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00




Costa Rica B3.jpg

B3. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank with double line border broken at bottom my M#.
“COLONES” above M#.
M# with “RA” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00







GROUP C: Horizontal rectangle enclosing the town mark as well as the frankEdit


Costa Rica C1.jpg


C1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1953. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Mountain and village scene at bottom right and “REPUBLICA DE/ COSTA RICA” at top.
“CORREOS/ PERMISO No.” below TM.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Costa Rica stamp type C2A.jpg
Costa Rica stamp type C2B.jpg



C2. Postalia “D2/D3” (MV).

Statue of soldier between TM and value figures.
“COSTA RICA” at top, “CENTS” vertical at right.
M# with “P” prefix at bottom.
A. Frank 58-60 mm wide MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Frank 66-67 mm wide MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000








Costa Rica stamp type C3A.jpg
Costa Rica stamp type C3B.jpg


C3. Hasler “F88” (MV).

Map of country and compass between TM and value figures.
“REPUBLICA DE/ COSTA RICA” at top.
“CORREOS/ PERMISO NO. (P#)” below TM.
A. Dot at right side of map. M# 26, (Limon) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. Dot at left side of map. M# 24, (Puntarenas) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00
NOTE: The compass on C3B has “E” (east) at left and “O” (west) at right. This is a mistake.












GROUP D: Frank is rectangle with simulated-perforation outer borderEdit


Costa Rica D1.jpg

D1. Francotyp (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Horizontal frank inscribed “COSTA RICA” at top, the right portion of coat of arms at left.
“PERM No (P#)” at bottom.
P# with “F” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00
a. Printed in black



Costa Rica D2.jpg

D2. Francotyp "Cc” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Upright rectangle with three straight vertical lines at left and two vertical lines at right.
“PERMISO / No (P#)” at bottom.
P# with “F” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0,00




Costa Rica stamp type D3.jpg


D3. Francotyp-Postalia (MV).

As Type D2 but with two vertical lines at both sides.
“PERMISO / No (F#)” at bottom.
P# with “F” prefix.
TM: One example seen with date but no TM
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.00









GROUP E: Open design without complete outer borderEdit


Costa Rica stamp type E1.jpg

E1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV).

Inscribed “CORREOS DE LA REPUBLICA de” across top and “COSTA RICA” above the value figures.
National monument design below an arc of five stars between TM and value box.
P# with “P.B.PERM.” prefix below monument.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00 :



Costa Rica E2.jpg

E2. Pitney Bowes “DM” (LV-21). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type E1 but much narrower with “COSTA” above “RICA”.
P# with “PB” prefix.
TM: SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 01 to 21




Costa Rica E3.jpg

E3. Pitney Bowes “5300” (MV).

Similar to Type E1 but design is wider and value box has top and right side lines.
P# with “P.B. PERM” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00




Costa Rica E4.jpg

E4. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

Similar to Type E3 but the top inscription does not extend above the TM at left.
The value box is a complete rectangle.
P# with “P.B. PERM” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00



Costa Rica E5A.jpg
Costa Rica E5B.jpg


E5. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

As Type E4 but with horizontal lines instead of the arc of stars above the monument at center.
Value box broken at lower left by the P#.
P# with “P.B. PERM” prefix.
TM: DC
A. Value box 19 mm wide. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: ≋0.00
B. Value box 22 mm wide. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: ≋00.oo






Costa Rica E6.jpg


E6. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Unlike previous Group E types, the date and value figures are on the same level.
The P#, with “P.B. PERM.” prefix, is below the value figures rather than the central monument.
Value box with lines at right and bottom only.
A. Inner line below value figures unbroken
B. “COLONES” breaks inner frame line below value figures
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.oo





Costa Rica E7.jpg

E7. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” series (MV).

Frank without frame line except below value figures.
Wide design with relatively large value figures.
“COLONES” below value figures.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000.oo






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