International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Ireland

IrelandEdit

  • Early meter stamps of Ireland are inscribed “SAORSTAT EIREANN”, and later ones show a variation of “EIRE” in the frank. Some post office meters do not show the country name and can be recognized only by the town name, an image of a harp, “POSTAS IOCTHA” (Postage Paid) or “POST NA MBEART” (Parcel Post).
  • Many Irish meter types do not show leading zeros in the value figures (V/F). Several meter types show no or only one leading zero for low denominations (e.g. 3 or 03) although they are capable of printing values up to 999½.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political conditions and inscription:
A - Irish Free State: SAORSTAT EIREANN
B - Republic: éIRe
PO - Special stamps generated only by Post Office meters
PP - Special stamps generated only for Parcel Post




GROUP A: Irish Free State, inscribed “SAORSTAT EIREANN”Edit


Ireland stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Universal "Midget" (FV-2, -3 or -5), 1926.

Single line simulated perforation outer border.
Country inscription at top, “EIREANN” 19 mm wide.
Value figure as number and printed out in curved Gaelic within circle in center.
M# normally with “M” prefix at bottom.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 2 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3, 6 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
a. Meter number without "M" prefix: 6 and 7 known MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]



Ireland stamp type A2A.jpg
Ireland stamp type A2B.jpg



A2. Neopost (FV-2, -3, -6), 1926.

As Type A1 but “EIREANN” 15 mm wide.
M# with “N” prefix.
A. Meter number very small, 1 mm tall
B. Meter number 2 mm tall
TM: BIC variable in size
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 1½, 2 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3, 6 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]






Ireland stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Universal “H” (FV-5), 1929. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

As Type A1 but frank is smaller.
M# “H1” only.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 2, 2½, 6, 9




Ireland stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1934. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to previous types but no circle around value figures.
M# with “U” prefix, U1 through U13 only.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/0(½ ) (to 29/11½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg =/0(½) (to 9/11½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg =(½) D (to 11½ D)








GROUP B: Republic of Ireland, frank inscribed “éIRe”, “eIRe” or “ÉIRE”Edit



Sub-group BA: Rectangular frank with simulated perforation outer frame lineEdit



Ireland stamp type BA1.jpg

BA1. Neopost (LV-?), 1938. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

“éIRe” curved at top, “POSTAS” curved at bottom.
M# with “N” prefix in lower left.
Value figure in circle in center with value spelled out.
Meters N26, N28, N33 and N51 known.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 6, 9, 1/–




Ireland stamp type BA2.jpg

BA2. Universal “Midget” (FV-2, -3, -5), 1938.

No circle around V/F.
M# with “M” prefix.
With Gaelic “d“ value indicator.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3
4, 5, 6, 6½, 9, 1/– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]



Ireland stamp type BA3.jpg


BA3. Neopost (LV-6), 1940. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type BA1 but without circle around value figure.
M# with large “N” prefix.
“T” of “POSTAS” has curl in foot.
Values under one shilling have Gaelic “d“ indicator.
TM: BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, 11, 1/–, 1/1



Ireland stamp type BA4A.jpg
Ireland stamp type BA4B.jpg



BA4. Neopost (LV-6).

As Type BA3 but “N” and M# prefix “N” are smaller, and the “T” of “POSTAS” does not have a strong curl.
A. 1941. Values under one shilling with Gaelic “d“ indicator
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 1½, 2½, 3, 6, 8, 9, 11, 1/–, 1/1
B. 1950. Values under one shilling with English “D” indicator
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 1/–
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg4½, 6½, 10, 11, 1/3, 1/5, 1/9, 2/– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: BIC






Ireland stamp type BA5.jpg


BA5. Universal-Pitney Bowes “H” (FV-5), 1939. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

As Type BA2 but M# with “H” prefix.
M# “H1” only.
TM: DC
Values known: ½, 2, 2½




Ireland stamp type BA6.jpg


BA6. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1938.

Frank is larger than earlier BA types, and value figures are different.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=/0(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/0(½) without currency symbol
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=½ to 11½ with Gaelic “d“ (U8-18) or English "D" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]




Ireland stamp type BA7A.jpg
Ireland stamp type BA7B.jpg



BA7. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1957.

Similar to Type BA6 but “éIRe” larger.
Variable spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “NV” prefix.
A. “POSTAS” with deep curve, “NV” thick MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. “POSTAS” with shallow curve, “NV” thin
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/0= (to 99/11½)




Ireland stamp type BA8.jpg


BA8. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1958.

Similar to Types BA6 and BA7 but M# with “A” prefix.
Value figure lines uniform in thickness.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/0= (to 99/11½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/0 (to 9/11½)




Ireland stamp type BA9B.jpg

BA9. Universal “Simplex” (LV-26), 1956.

“éIRe” in panel at top.
V/F in large circle in center.
Vertical lines at sides.
M# with “S” prefix.
A. Values with Gaelic ““ currency indicator (not shown)
B. Values with English “D” currency indicator
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=½ D to 11D, 1/–



Ireland stamp type BA10.jpg

BA10. Neopost “205” (MV), 1964. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Square frank with slightly wavy single line frame.
“éIRe” at top.
“POSTAS” and M# in boxes at bottom.
Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “NP” prefix.
Date figures tall.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★‘0- (to 9’11½)



Ireland stamp type BA11.jpg

BA11. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV), 1967. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank with single vertical ornament line at each side.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
M# with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0/0= (to 99/11½)



Ireland stamp type BA12.jpg


BA12. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1971. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank with inner frame around the V/F in the center.
M# without prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00 (to 999½)







Sub-group BB: Open frank with shields in corners, columns at sidesEdit



Ireland stamp type BB1.jpg


BB1. Neopost “105” (LV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

“eIRe” at top, “POSTAS” at bottom with M# beneath.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 1/1, 1/3, 1/5, 1/9, 2/–



Ireland stamp type BB2.jpg


BB2. Neopost “205” (MV).

Frank larger than Type BB1 but with much narrower spacing.
M# with “NP” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00 (to 99) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00– (to 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★‘0– (to 9’11½)




Ireland stamp type BB3.jpg


BB3. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV).

M# with “NV” prefix.
Spacing between TM and frank variable but usually wider than on Type BB2.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00– (to 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/== (to 99/11½)




Ireland stamp type BB4.jpg

BB4. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Wide design.
Date figures relatively short and wide, without stops.
M# with “RV” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00 (to 99½) =0/== (to 99/11½)



Ireland stamp type BB5.jpg


BB5. Neopost “605” (Postalia “D3”) (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

M# with “J” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0D,= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00D








Sub-group BC: No outer frame line, bowed inner frame with petals in cornersEdit



Ireland stamp type BC1.JPG


BC1. Neopost “105” (LV-10), 1965. [[File: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg|12px][$20]

“éIRe” at top, M# at bottom.
“POSTAS” vertical reading up at left and “IOCTHA” vertical reading down at right.
M# with “N” prefix
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 1/1, 1/3, 1/5,
1/9, 2/–



Ireland stamp type BC2.jpg

BC2. Neopost “205/2205” (MV), 1964.

“éIRe” at top, M# at bottom.
“POSTAS” vertical reading up at left and “IOCTHA” vertical reading down at right.
Date figures tall or short, narrow spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “NP” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 (½ to 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00– (to 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★‘0– (to 9’11½)



Ireland stamp type BC3.jpg


BC3. Neopost “305” (MV), 1965.

M# with “NV” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 or 00 or 0 00 (to 9 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/== (to 99/11½)





Ireland stamp type BC4.jpg


BC4. Neopost “405/505” (MV), 1970.

Wide frank M# with “RV” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½ to 999½





Ireland stamp type BC5.jpg


BC5. 1967, Neopost “605” (Postalia “D3”) (MV).

M# with “J” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 (½ to 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋≋0D (to 999 D)




Ireland stamp type BC6.jpg


BC6. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Wide frank.
Wide space between month and year figures in date.
M# with “EF” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋00– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000



Ireland stamp type BC7.jpg


BC7. Neopost “IS” series (digital).

Wide frank.
Date figures small.
M# with “IS” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋00– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000



Ireland stamp type BC8.jpg


BC8. Neopost “IJ” series (digital).

As Type BC6 but date figures are larger and have centered stops.
A. IJ25/35/40/50/70/80/90/110 models: M# with "IJ" prefix
B. IJ65/75/85 models: M# with "IJC" prefix
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000









Sub-group BD: Open design with curved frame line at topEdit



Ireland stamp type BD1A.jpg

BD1. Pitney Bowes-GB “Simplex” (LV-26).

Small frank with “POSTAS” vertical at left and “IOCTHA” vertical at right.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
A. Wide spacing, M# with "PBS" prefix
B. Narrow spacing, M# with "PBR" prefix (not shown)
TM: DC
Value range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½ to 12½, 30


Ireland stamp type BD2.jpg


BD2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV).

M# with “P.B.A.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00




Ireland stamp type BD3A.jpg
Ireland stamp type BD3B.jpg



BD3. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV).

Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
M# with “P.B.H”, “P.B.M”, “P.B.T” or “P.B.V” prefix.
A. Narrow frank, 25-26 mm wide
B. Wide frank 29 mm wide
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1 (to 999½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00≋





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BD3.1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV).

As Type BD3 but date figures are smaller, and spacing between the town mark and frank is narrower.
M# with "PBR" prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00



Ireland stamp type BD4.jpg

BD4. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type BD3 but date and value figures are on the same level.
M# with “P.B.D.”, “P.B.I.” or “P.B.L.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00 (to 99½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00 (to 999½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 (to 9999)

MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00≋ (to 9999)



Ireland stamp type BD5.jpg


BD5. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV).

Large, tall frank.
M# with “PBF” or PBG” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000




Ireland stamp type BD6.jpg

BD6. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV).

Wide frank.
M# with “PB9” or “PBC” prefix.
Value figures large.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000




Ireland stamp type BD7.jpg

BD7. Pitney Bowes “PostPerfect” (digital).

Frank wider than tall but not as wide as Type BD6.
Value and date figures distinctive.
M# with “PB7” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000



Ireland stamp type BD8.jpg


BD8. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

Similar to Type BD5 but date and value figures are different.
M# with “PBP” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000




Ireland stamp type BD9.jpg


BD9. Pitney Bowes “PersonalPost” (digital).

Wide frank similar to Type BD7.
Can be most easily identified by the date and value figures which are less solid.
M# with “PB55” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000




Ireland stamp type BD10.jpg


BD10. Pitney Bowes “DM” series (digital).

As Type BD8 but with column of numbers stacked at left of TM.
Value figures quite narrow and slightly squarish.
M# with “PB6” prefix.
TM: DC

V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000




Ireland stamp type BD11.jpg

BD11. Pitney Bowes “DM” series (digital).

As Type BD10, but value figures are not narrow, and the date figures are short.
Date figures are slightly higher than the value figures.
M# with “PB15” prefix.
Value figures large with oval zeros.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Ireland stamp type BD12.jpg


BD12. Pitney Bowes “DM” series (digital).

As Type BD11 but the date and value figures are level.
Value figures short with squarish zeros.
M# with “PB4” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Ireland stamp type BD13.jpg


BD13. Pitney Bowes “DM” series (digital).

Similar to Type BD10 but the value figures are more oval.
Two columns of numbers at left.
M# with “PB8” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000







Sub-group BE: Frank with straight outer frame lineEdit




Ireland stamp type BE1.jpg


BE1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

With inner frame line around everything except “EIRE” at top.
M# with “HF” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00≋




Ireland stamp type BE2.jpg


BE2. Frama "Sensonic” (digital).

As Type BE1 but frank wider than tall.
M# with “Fr2” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00≋












GROUP PO: Special stamps generated by machines at Post Office countersEdit


Ireland stamp type PO1.jpg

PO1. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1958.

Long narrow horizontal rectangular frank with simulated perforation border.
Without separate TM.
Date at left, town line at bottom.
Inscribed “ÉIRE/POSTAS” in large block letters.
M#s U204, 205, 206 and 214 only
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/0(½) (U204, 205, 206) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=/0(½) (U214)



Ireland stamp type PO2.jpg

PO2. Unidentified (digital dot-matrix), 2000.

Printed in black on plain white adhesive label.
Frameless design with “POSTA” and IOCTHA” stacked at the sides.
Text from top down as follows:
POST ÉIRE
SwiftPost MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg IR£0.00
Postage Paid MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg IR£0.00
Grof:#### date and time
ID number


Ireland stamp type PO3.jpg



PO3. Unidentified (digital-laser or inkjet), 2001.

As Type PO2 but the printing is smoother, and the frank is much narrower.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgIR£0.00





Ireland stamp type PO4A.jpg
Ireland stamp type PO4B.jpg



PO4. Unidentified (digital).

As Type PO3 but denominated in Euros.
A. Data at bottom in two lines
B. Data at bottom in three lines, with Post Office identification added, "Grof:" removed, and with "Reference No:" in front of the ID number
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgEUR 00.00 or 00.00 EUR








Ireland stamp type PO5.jpg



PO5. Unidentified (digital).

As Type PO2 but with postal logo "SDS" ÉIRE.
Value figures preceded by "£".
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg£00.00











GROUP PP: Special stamps generated for Parcel PostEdit

All stamps have “POST NA MBEART” or “P & T” in the frank and are printed on tape.



Ireland stamp type PP1.jpg
Ireland stamp type PP1a.jpg


PP1. Ticket Issuing Machines Co. (LV-12), 1948. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Wide rectangular design without outer frame.
Boxed harp at left and postage value at right.
Post office, date and “POST NA MBEART” in center.
Without identification number.
Value range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8d to 3/–
a. Printed on pink instead of white paper



Ireland stamp type PP2A.jpg

PP2. Universal "Simplex" (LV-26), 1952.

Printed on tape with frank sometimes appearing left of the town mark (as shown).
Frank with double line outer border, harp at top center.
“POST NA/MBEART” at bottom center.
Two stars at right of TM.
A. Identification number is small Roman numeral at lower left MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
B. Without identification number MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
TM: DC
Value range: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1d to 2/1



Ireland stamp type PP3A.jpg
Ireland stamp type PP3B.jpg




PP3. Plessey (MV), 1966.

Large horizontal design consisting of connected boxes printed in purple.
Town or station name at top center, the date in small boxes at bottom center.
“P & T” or "pt" (Posts & Telegraphs) in box at left.
Value figures in box at far right with “POSTAS” above and “IOCTHA” below.
At left outside the frank is a box containing vertical bars.
A. “P & T” stacked at left, without identification number MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. Large “pt” at left with small identification number below MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/MeterCat Maltese cross.jpg D MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg£0.00
a. Without the bar field at left














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