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International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Finland

FinlandEdit

The first meter was used in 1926. All stamps contain “SUOMI FINLAND” with or without a dash between. The stamps are grouped according to appearance and function:
A – Rectangle with simulated perforation outer border
B – Rectangle with single straight-line outer border, three post horns at top
C – With simplified single post horn at top
D – With "●/ p●sti" logo
PO – Special stamps generated only by post office machines



For more information about the meter stamps of Finland, see Suomen Postimaksukoneleimojen Kasikirja (Handbook of Finnish Meter Marks), by Petteri Hannula, 2000.


GROUP A: Frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight line inner borderEdit


Finland A1.jpg

A1. Hasler “D106” (FV-8), 1926. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Horizontal rectangle with value in double oval in center.
M# breaks bottom frame lines. M# 102–143 known.
Without TM
Values denominated in “P”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60
Values denominated in “M”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 1¼, 1½, 1¾, 2, 2½, 2¾, 3, 3½, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7½, 8, 9, 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 24, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, 100, 500
a. With slogan
b. With slogan “Kirjoihin” in oval (registered mail)

NOTE: Some of the denominations no doubt are rarer than others and worth more than the stated catalog value.



Finland stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Neopost (FV-6), 1927. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Nearly identical to Type 1 except for M# series: 201, 202, 207 and 208 seen.
Without TM
Values denominated in “P”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg20, 40, 50
Values denominated in “M”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 1¼, 1½, 2, 2½, 3




Finland stamp type A3 better.jpg

A3. Universal “Midget” (FV-3), 1929. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Vertical rectangle with denomination symbols above and below value.
M#s 301-305 known.
TM: BIC or nil
Values denominated in “P”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg20, 25, 40, 50
Values denominated in “M”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 1¼, 1½, 2, 2½, 3




Finland stamp type A3point1.jpg

A3.1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1929.

Large horizontal rectangle with 9, 10 or 11 “perforation holes” at each side.
M# breaks bottom outer frame line but not inner frame line.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
Normally without transaction counter number but known with 4-digit number high between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
M# 401 up.
TM variable in size: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 (A,G)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (G)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000 (A)



Finland A4A color.jpg

A4. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

As Type A3.1 but date figures always have stops.
A. Wide spacing, ~48-53 mm, with 4-digit transaction counter number
B. Narrow spacing, ~9-16 mm, without transaction counter number
TM variable in size: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (O)
a. With “mk” denomination symbol right of V/F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
b. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
c. As A, but without TM (674)



Finland stamp type A4point1.jpg

A4.1. Francotyp “Cm7000-10000” (MV).

As Type A4B but value figures are slightly narrower.
Approximately 35mm between centers of date and value figures.
M# 401 up.
TM variable in size: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (O)




Finland A5A.jpg
Finland A5B color.jpg



A5. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1929.

Frank, 32-34 x 25-26 mm with 7 or 8 “perforation holes” at each side.
M#s 501-505 and 508 known.
Date figures have a stop centered after the year.
A. Wide spacing with 5-digit transaction counter number at top between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Narrow spacing with TM raised and 5-digit transaction counter number below MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00oo
a. Without TM (501)






Finland A6.jpg

A6. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1940.

Very similar to Type A5 but value figures narrower.
The town mark is level and not raised.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
M#s 1001-1009.
A. Frank 40 x 28-29 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. Frank 32-34 x 25-28 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Finland A7.jpg

A7. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1952.

As type A6 but “perforations” on solid background.
Spacing very narrow.
M# below bottom frame line.
M#s 1010 up.
Date figures never have a stop after the year.
A. No denomination indicator
B. with “mk” right of V/F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000








GROUP B: Frank with single straight-line outer border and three post horns at topEdit


Finland stamp type B1point1.jpg

B0.1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1964.

Frank 34-35 x 27-28 mm.
M# 401 up below bottom frame line.
With 4-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000p




Finland B1A.jpg
Finland B1C.jpg

B1. Francotyp “Cc, Cm” (MV).

Very similar to Type B0.1 but the date figures have stops after D and before Y.
With or without 4-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
A. Wide spacing, ~48-53 mm, transaction counter number raised between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing, ~9-16 mm
C. Very narrow spacing, ~1-5 mm
TM: SC, DC (variable in size)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 p (O)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000p (O)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000p (A)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000p (G,O)
a. Without “p” after value figures MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
b. M# vertical inside left frame line
c. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM)







Finland B2.jpg

B2. Francotyp “A9000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type B1.
Spacing narrow ~5-8 mm.
M# below bottom frame line.
Value figures are narrow.
Date figures are widely spaced with stops after D and M.
Without impression counter number.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000p



Finland B3AB.jpg
Finland B3C.jpg


B3. Hasler :F66", “F88” (MV), 1966.

M# below bottom frame line.
Spacing narrow and very narrow.
Value figures distinctive.
M# 1001 up.
A. Frank 39-40 x 29 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. Frank 35 x 28 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
C. As A, but value figures are smaller (model F66)
TM: large SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p






Finland B4.jpg
Finland stamp type B4B.jpg



B4. Hasler “Mailmaster” and “Smile” (MV), 1983.

Frank 33 x 27 mm.
M# below bottom frame line.
M# in 180000 and 190000 series.
A. Spacing approximately 7 mm between TM and frank (Mailmaster)
B. Spacing approximately 10 mm between TM and frank (Smile)
TM: large SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 p
a. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM)








Finland B5.jpg


B5. Krag (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank nearly square, 29 x 29-31 mm.
With 4-digit impression counter number centered between TM and frank.
M# 3001 up below bottom frame line.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p





Finland B6.jpg

B6. Krag (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank, 25 x 28-29 mm.
M# in 600000 series.
A. M# below bottom frame line
B. M# vertical at left
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p



Finland B7.jpg

B7. Satas “Baby” (MV), 1972.

Upright frank 22-23 x 25 mm.
No bottom frame line.
Date figures tall.
M# 9001-9077.
A. M#: 9001–9077 below frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. M# 340000 series vertical outside left frame line
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00 p , p 0000



Finland B8.jpg

B8. Roneo Neopost “205/2205” (MV).

Frank 20-21 x 25mm with no bottom frame line.
M# vertical outside left frame line.
Date figures tall or short.
M# 6001-6091 and 340000 series.
A. Frank 20-21 x 25 mm
B. Frank 23 x 25 mm.
TM: SC
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgp 00000
a. Used in Aland (“ALAND” in the TM) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]



Finland B9.jpg

B9. Roneo Neopost “405/505” (MV), 1978. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank 28 x 24mm with no bottom frame line.
M# vertical outside left frame line.
Date figures short.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p
a. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]



Finland B10.jpg


B10. Postalia “MS5” (MV), 1979.

Spacing very narrow.
M# in 50000 and 500000 series.
A. Frank 25 x 28 mm, M# below bottom frame line MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
B. Frank 30 x 28 mm, M# below bottom frame line MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
C. Frank 27 x 30 mm. M# vertical at left
D. Frank 32 x 30 mm. M# vertical at left
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 p
a. M# breaks bottom frame line
b. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]






Finland B11.jpg


B11. Frama (MV).

Frank 30 x 25 mm.
Value figures very thick.
Spacing narrow.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 p
a. Without “p” after value figures (shown)



Finland B12.jpg

B12. Pitney Bowes “5000” series (MV), 1966. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Frank 26 x 20 mm with rounded corners.
“SUOMI-FINLAND” in one line below post horns at top.
M# inset in lower left corner.
Date raised in relation to value figures.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000p



Finland B13.jpg

B13. Pitney Bowes-GB “5300” series (MV).

Frank 32 x 23-24 mm with rounded corners.
“SUOMI-FINLAND” in one line breaks bottom frame line.
Date raised in relation to value figures.
M# between TM and frank on 1 or 2 lines.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 p
a. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM)



Finland B14 color.jpg

B14. Pitney Bowes “6300” series (MV).

Frank 29 x 20 mm with rounded corners.
Date and value figures on same level.
“SUOMI-FINLAND” in one line above bottom frame line.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 p
a. Used in Aland (“ALAND” or “MARIEHAMN” in TM)



Finland B15.jpg

B15. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV).

Frank 31 x 20 mm with rounded corners.
“SUOMI-FINLAND” in one line above bottom frame line.
M# in 270000 series.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 p



Finland B16.jpg

B16. Pitney Bowes “A/B900” (MV).

Frank as Type B15 but value figures larger.
M# in 250000 series.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 p




Finland B17.jpg


B17. Pitney Bowes “6900” series (MV).

Frank 29 x 26-27mm with rounded corners.
“SUOMI-FINLAND” in one line above bottom frame line.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 p MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 p (“p” is small)




Finland B18.jpg


B18. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

Frank 32-33 x 25-26mm with rounded corners.
“SUOMI-FINLAND” in one line above bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 P (“P” is large)




Finland B19.jpg

B19. Secap (MV).

Frank 25 x 24mm with square corners and “SUOMI/FINLAND” in two lines at bottom.
Without bottom frame line.
M# in 800000 series vertical at left.
TM: unknown
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Finland B20.jpg

B20. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank very similar to Type B19 but slightly larger at 26 x 25mm.
M# in 320000 series.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 p








GROUP C: Frank with single modernized post hornEdit

Two types found:

MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgFinland posthorn types.jpg



Finland C1.jpg


C1. Frama “EPS” (MV).

Square frank 30 x 30 mm. “SUOMI-FINLAND” at bottom.
M# below bottom frame line.
TM: SC
V/F: 00000p




Finland C2.jpg

C2. Pitney Bowes “B900” (MV).

Frame line at right and bottom only.
“SUOMI” above “FINLAND” at top.
M# in 250000 series.
TM: nil, SC?
V/F: ≋00.00



Finland C3.jpg

C3. Pitney Bowes “PostPerfect” (digital).

Similar to Type C2 but “SUOMI FINLAND” in one line.
Two columns of numbers at left of TM.
M# with “PB” prefix.
A. Post horn without block MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. Post horn with block at right
TM: SC
V/F: ≋00.00



Finland stamp type C4.jpg

C4. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital).

Frank is wide rectangle with frame lines at bottom and sides but not top.
Large post horn at top, left of “SUOMI FINLAND” Post code at bottom left.
Two columns of numbers at left of frank.
M# with “PB” prefix.
TM: nil
V/F: ≋00.00







Edit


Finland D1.jpg

D1. Pitney Bowes “DM400/500” (digital).

Frank very similar to Type C4 but with new logo at upper left.
“Pitney Bowes” at bottom left, and M# with “PB” prefix at bottom right.
Single column of stacked numbers at left.
Town identified only by post code below date.
V/F: 000.00




Finland stamp type D2.JPG

D2. Neopost “SM”(?) series (digital).

Frank without outer frame lines but with segmented vertical box at left
with envelope design at top and class of mail designation reading vertically up at center.
Country name at top with postal logo at right.
“Neopost” and M# at bottom left.
Value figures and all numbers very narrow.
Town identified only by post code below “SUOMI”.
V/F: 000.00




Finland stamp type D3.jpg

D3. Neopost “IJ” series (digital).

Very similar to Type D2 but value figures and all numbers are rounder, not as narrow.
Country name at top with postal logo at right.
“Neopost” and M# at bottom left.
Town identified only by post code below “SUOMI”.
V/F: 000.00








GROUP PO: Special stamps generated only by post office machinesEdit


Finland PO1A.jpg
Finland PO1D.jpg
Finland stamp type PO1aa.jpg


PO1. Nokia (digital), 1988.

Frank without outer frame printed on plain self-adhesive labels.
Country name “SUOMI FINLAND” in top panel, and post office name in bottom panel.
Line separating left and right halves does not touch horizontal panel lines.
Date and postage value in right half.
Left half empty or with weight and/or registration data (with or without “R”).
Printed in either low resolution leaving tell-tale steps in diagonal letters and numbers or in high resolution that shows smooth diagonal lines.
Printed in red or black.
Value figures with or without space between the digits and “mk” suffix
A. Frank 65 mm wide, low resolution image
B. As A but high resolution image MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
C. Frank 74-76 mm wide, low resolution MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
D. As C but high resolution
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 (decimal separators)
a. As A, commemorative label with stamp show name in bottom panel (FINLANDIA 88) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
b. With large “R” and number in left half. Used for registered mail.
c. With 5-digit number added (where?) on parcel post forwarding cards used to foreign destinations




Finland PO2.jpg



PO2. Unknown (digital).

Very similar to Type PO1A but the vertical line separating left and right halves connects with both horizontal panel lines.
All reported are printed by smooth, high resolution process and are in black.
V/F with or without “mk” suffix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,00 (comma separators)
a. With time of day between date and value figures






Finland stamp type PO3.jpg



PO3. Unknown (digital), 2012.

Plain white self-adhesive label with point-of-sale data applied in black.
The label has no frame lines except one underlining the date and time at the top of the stamp.
Post code above town name at left, value figures at right.
"SUOMI FINLAND" centered at bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00 €








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