The territory of French Polynesia includes the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, and Gambier Islands. All meter stamps save those used by the military have POLYNESIE FRANCAISE in the frank. The earliest meters appear to have been introduced in the 1960s.
The stamps are grouped by usage:
A - general business and private use
PO - stamps generated by machines in Post Offices
GROUP A: Stamps for general business and private useEdit
A1. Satas “P” (MV). [$5]
Date figures tall. Hour figure between TM and frank.
M# with “SP” prefix
V/F: 000F 000
A2. Satas “R” (MV). [$5]
Date figures short.
M# with “SR” prefix
a. TM inverted [$15]
A3. Satas “J” (MV).
Date figures tall.
M# with “SJ” prefix
V/F: 00 000 0000
a. V/F without leading star: 00 (SJ 19506) [$15]
A4. Satas “F” (MV). [$5]
Date figures tall.
M# with “SF” prefix
A5. Satas “L” (MV). [$5]
M# with “SL” prefix
A6. Secap “NA” (MV). [$10]
“POSTES” nearly straight.
M# with “NA” prefix
A7. Secap “N1” (MV). [$10]
Hour figure left of the TM.
M# with “N1” prefix
a. Military Official stamp, with “POSTALE AUX ARMEES” in the town mark. M#s N1-96-203 /-207 and /–211 seen. [$15]
A8. Secap (MV). [$5]
M# with “PF” prefix.
A9. SMH Alcatel (Neopost) “Electronic” (MV). [$5]
M# with “R” prefix.
A10. Neopost "IJ series" (MV).
The frank is as wide as it is tall, and the town mark is a square nearly the same size as the frank.
M# with "IJ" prefix.
GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by machines in Post OfficesEdit
PO1. Satas (MV). [$7.50]
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: straight-line with date in center including hour and minutes
a. Without meter number. [$10]
PO2. Olivetti “PR50” (digital).
Frameless design on self-adhesive label with underprint in yellow brown of beach scene.
Town name at top above “TAHITI – I.D.V.”
Date and hour at center above postal code.
Value at far right above machine number with “P” prefix.
a. With large “R” and number at left, for registered mail.