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International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Hungary

HungaryEdit

  • Until recently postage meters in Hungary were used only in post offices. Commercial use of postage meters possibly began after the collapse of the communist government.
  • Before the mid-1960s meter dates had a 3-digit year, i.e. 933 for 1933, and a 3-letter month. Beginning in the 1960s meters started using a 2-digit year, often with a numeric month.
  • In nearly all instances meter numbers are found in the bottom of the town mark flanking a central postal zone number. Usually the prefix is at left with the number at right, but these are also found reversed.
  • All machines used up to 1945/46 show a crown above the date. After the formation of the Republic, the crown was removed.
  • One native postage meter manufacturer, Taxotyp, was active in Hungary during the 1930s.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political status and usage:
A - Issues of the Kingdom, with crown in the town mark
B - Issues of the Republic, without crown
PO - Special stamps generated only by Post Office meters
PV - Special stamps generated only by variable-rate stamp self-service vending machines



GROUP A: Kingdom of Hungary. All stamps have crown above the date in the town markEdit


Hungary stamp type A1.jpg
Hungary stamp type A1b.jpg

A1. Universal Postal Frankers “Midget” (FV-5), 1927.

Frank 22 x 24½ mm.
Spacing variable between TM and frank, usually 25-26 mm.
The postal zone number is at bottom center of the town mark.
The meter number with “M” prefix flank the zone number in bottom of the town mark.
TM: BIC as illustrated
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2, 6, 8, 10, 16, 20, 23, 30, 40, 50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
3, 15 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
14, 32 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
4, 25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
a. Meter number and “M” prefix reversed with "M" at right and number at left (30 - M)
b. Used with sanserif value figures and without town mark as a surcharge on postal stationery (shown at right). Values known: 2f, 4f. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

NOTE: Some non-metered ‘postage paid’ machine stamps closely resemble type A1. They can be identified by the absence of a meter number in the town mark.



Hungary stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1928.

Frank 30 x 26-27mm with “FILLER” at bottom.
Spacing: between TM and frank. 32-33 mm, with or without transaction number.
Meter number with “Fr” or “FrV” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 (4½ or 6-7mm tall)



Hungary stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A2 but spacing between TM and frank 48 mm.
Meter number with “Fr” or “FrV” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Hungary stamp type A4.jpg
Hungary stamp type A4a.jpg


A4 Francotyp “C” (MV).

As Types A2 and A3 but spacing between TM and frank 50 mm.
Meter number with “Fr” or “FrV” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(5 or 7mm tall)
a. Meter number and “Fr” prefix reversed with "Fr" at right




Hungary stamp type A5.jpg



A5. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1945. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value undetermined]

As Type A4 but “PENGO” at bottom of frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





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A6. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1946. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A2 but blank at bottom of frank.
Spacing between TM and frank 32-33 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000
a. With elaborate design/slogan surrounding TM and cutting into frank at lower left (L# Fr. 18) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]




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A7. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A3 but blank at bottom of frank.
Spacing: between TM and frank 48-33 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000



Hungary stamp type A8.jpg


A8. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A4 but blank at bottom of frank.
Spacing: between TM and frank 50-53 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000






Hungary stamp type A9A.jpg
Hungary stamp type A9B.jpg
Hungary stamp type A9C.jpg



A9. Hasler “F22, F88” (MV).

Frank: 29-30 x 26mm
TM larger than previous types, 29mm in diameter.
M# with “H” prefix.
A. TM level with frank, wide spacing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. TM level with frank, narrow spacing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
C. TM lower than frank, with 5-digit transaction number above MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
D. TM higher than frank, with 5-digit transaction number below (not shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: large SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳000















Hungary stamp type A10.jpg


A10. Taxotyp (MV), 1934. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]

Frank 32 x 30 mm.
Top panel of frank tall, bottom panel short containing “PENGO/ FILLER”.
Meter T1 only.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000








GROUP B: Stamps of the Republic, without crown in the town markEdit


Sub-group BA: Denominated in FILLER or with no currency indicatorEdit



Hungary stamp type BA1.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA1a.jpg


BA1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1945. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A2, with “FILLER” at bottom of frank, but without the crown.
Spacing between TM and frank 32-33 mm.
With or without transaction number between TM and frank.
M# with "Fr." prefix.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000
a. With elaborate design/slogan surrounding TM and cutting into frank at lower left. (M# Fr. 18). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]




Hungary stamp type BA2.jpeg


BA2. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type BA1 but spacing between TM and frank 48 mm.
With or without transaction number between TM and frank.
M# with "Fr." prefix.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Hungary stamp type BA3.jpg


BA3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Types BA1 and BA2 but spacing between TM and frank 50mm.
With or without transaction number between TM and frank.
M# with "Fr." prefix.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(5 or 7mm tall)
a. Meter number and “Fr.” prefix reversed with "Fr." at right and number at left





Hungary stamp type BA4.jpg


BA4. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1947. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type B1 but blank at bottom of frank.
Spacing: between TM and frank 32-33 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000
a. Top line of bottom panel missing




Hungary stamp type BA5.jpeg


BA5. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type B2 but blank at bottom of frank.
Spacing: between TM and frank 48-33 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Hungary stamp type BA6.jpg


BA6. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type B3 but blank at bottom of frank.
Spacing: between TM and frank 50-33 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000







Hungary stamp type BA7B.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA7D.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA7C.jpg



BA7. Hasler “F22” and “F88” (MV).

As Type A6 but without the crown.
M# with “H” prefix.
A. TM level with frank, wide spacing (not shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
B. TM level with frank, narrow spacing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
C. TM lower than frank with 5-digit transaction number above MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
D. TM higher than frank with 5-digit transaction number below (right) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: large BIC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00









Hungary stamp type BA8.jpg


BA8. Safag (MV), 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank 32 x 27mm.
Spacing: between TM and frank 10-11 mm.
M# with “S” prefix or suffix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Hungary stamp type BA9.jpg

BA9. Pitney Bowes “5000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Wide frank without bottom panel.
“FILLER” below top panel.
Date figures higher than value figures.
M# with “Pt” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000



Hungary stamp type BA10.jpg


BA10. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BA9 but “FILLER” in bottom panel, and the date and value figures are on the same level.
M# with “Pt” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000




Hungary stamp type BA11A.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA11B.jpg



BA11. Postalia (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Upright frank with four wavy lines at each side with the two inner lines shorter than the two outer lines.
None of the lines touch the panels at top and bottom.
With three wavy lines at each side of “FILLER” in bottom panel.
M# with “P” prefix.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing between TM and frank, 5-10mm
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000








Hungary stamp type BA12.jpg


BA12. Postalia (MV), 1963. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type BA11 but frank is smaller, and the four wavy lines at the sides are of equal length.
M# with “P” prefix.
Empty rectangles at the sides of “FILLER”.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Hungary stamp type BA13A.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA13C.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA13B.jpg
Hungary stamp type BA13D.jpg




BA13. Postalia (MV), 1968.

Frank with one long, thick wavy line at the sides and two or three short inner ones.
The outer lines touch the top and bottom panels.
“FILLER” without ornaments in bottom panel.
A. Three inner wavy lines at the sides
B. Two inner wavy lines at the sides
C. Three inner wavy lines at left and two at right (right)
D. Three inner wavy lines at left, none at right (right)
TM: DC, SC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000






Hungary stamp type BA14.jpg


BA14. Postalia (MV).

Frank with straight sides and no inner ornaments.
“FILLER” alone in bottom panel.
M# with “P” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000

NOTE: The date figures are not typical for Postalia meters. The machine that printed this stamp may have been reassembled locally from spare parts.








Sub-group BB: Denominated in FORINTEdit




Hungary stamp type BB1A.jpg
Hungary stamp type BB1aa.jpg
Hungary stamp type BB1B.jpg
Hungary stamp type BB1bb.jpg



BB1. Postalia (MV).

As Type BA13 but with “FORINT” in bottom panel.
M# with “P” prefix.
A. Three inner wavy lines at the sides
B. Two inner wavy lines at the sides
TM: DC (normally, see b below)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. Without meter number, TM with large "1" alone at bottom
b. TM is large single circle, meter number with "10P" prefix


NOTE: Some of these stamps were used in post offices. Those with the slogan shown are from Post Office meters.






Hungary stamp type BB2.jpg


BB2. Postalia (MV).

As Type BB1 but frank is much smaller and wider than tall.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Hungary stamp type BB3A.jpg
Hungary stamp type BB3B.jpg



BB3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type BB1 but frank is wider and date and value figures are larger.
M# with “H” or “HA” prefix.
A. Frank 26-27 mm wide
B. Frank 29 mm wide
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Nonstandard wide spacing between TM and frank (meter HA-1/45)








Hungary stamp type BB4.jpg


BB4. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank wider than tall as with Type BB2, but with much wider spacing than with BB2.
M# with “AL” prefix.
Date figures widely spaced.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000




Hungary stamp type BB5.jpg


BB5. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Small horizontal frank similar to Type BB2, but with “FORINT” much larger in bottom panel.
The waves in the side frame lines are more pronounced than with other BB types.
M# with “Pt” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000




Hungary stamp type BB6.jpg

BB6. Neopost (digital).

Horizontal frank similar to but slightly wider than Type BB4.
With small post horns at the sides of FORINT.
Narrow spacing between town mark and frank.
M# with “NE” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000




Hungary stamp type BB7.jpg

BB7. Pitney Bowes (GB) "A900" series (MV).

Frank much wider than tall, and with large value figures.
The meter number is low between the TM and frank.
M# with "PB" prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000










GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by special Post Office metersEdit

NOTE: See also the note below Type BB1.



Hungary stamp type PO1.jpg


PO1. Satas (MV), 1963. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Design as with sub-type BA with "FILLER" in bottom panel but with hour figure between the town mark and frank.
M# with “Sa” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000




Hungary stamp type PO2.jpg
Hungary stamp type PO2a.jpg

PO2. Maduner (digital), 1986. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Frank with simulated perforation outer border and rectangular town mark.
“MAGYAR/POSTA” at top, “HONGRIE” below the value figures.
Three meters are known: “M1” and "M2" in Agard, and “M2” in Szekesfehervar.
Printed in red on self-adhesive labels.
TM: rectangle 24½ x 24 mm
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,00
a. With large black "R" and number at left, used for registered mail




Hungary stamp type PO3.jpg


PO3. Unidentified (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Very rare, value uncertain]

As Type PO2 but shorter and without meter number.
The frank frame and town mark box are preprinted in red, and the point-of-sale data is added in gray-black.
TM: rectangle 25 x 21 mm
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0,00




Hungary stamp type PO4.jpg


PO4. Unidentified (digital).

Horizontal rectangle divided into three panels of equal height.
Country name at top, postage in center with “Ft” at each side, and ID number at bottom flanked by post horns above “Posta”.
Printed in black on plain self-adhesive labels.
TM: DC with inner circle flat on bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 seen



Hungary stamp type PO5.jpg


PO5. Unidentified (digital).

As Type PO4 but with panel added at top containing two numbers divided by a vertical bar.
TM: DC with inner circle flat on bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000







GROUP PV: Stamps generated only by self-service, public access vending machineEdit


Hungary stamp type PV1.jpg
Hungary stamp type PV1 receipt.jpg


PV1. “Perm” (FV-1), 1963. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

From machine for self-servicing registered mail.
Upright rectangle containing large outline “4” above “FORINT” and with country name in small panel at top.
Between the frank and the town mark are a transaction number and registration number with boxed “R” reading up.
The town mark is sideways with "BUDAPEST" at left and the identification number at right.
Printed in black.
Three identification numbers are known, 114, 117, and 137. The number appears in the right of the town mark and is flanked by an "L" at each side.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“4” only, the rate for registration

NOTES:

  • Most stamps found are faint, under-inked, and usually applied over adhesive stamps which paid the regular postage before registration.
  • Examples on strips of tan paper with “Ajanlott küldemehy feladovevenye” printed above the stamp are receipts. (shown at right)







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