International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Italy

ItalyEdit

  • The first meter was installed in 1927.
  • Meter manufacturers in Italy: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Audion, EMS, Elsag Bailey, Francopost, Lirma, Olivetti, OMT, Pegasus, Sima, Steiner (Primavera), Sysco, TAE
At some point most of these companies ended their manufacturing of meters and became distributors of rebranded meters manufactured by Francotyp, Frama, and Neopost.
  • The stamps are grouped according to standard designs as follows:
A - With fasces in side panels
B - Blank in side panels
C - With leaf and branch design in side panels
D - With leaves in side panels
E - With non-representative ornaments in side panels
PO - Designs used only in Post Offices
PP - Designs used only for Parcel Post
PR - Designs used by licensed parcel carriers
PV - Public self-service machine stamps
Italy stamps with greater border.jpg
  • Many stamp types can be especially difficult to differentiate for two reasons. Some meter models were marketed under different nameplates despite being otherwise identical. Second, there was no standardization of basic features such as size of town mark, distance between the town mark and frank, and size/shape of the date and value figures. The result is that stamps from different meter models are often impossible to tell apart, and conversely, stamps of the same type can be highly variable from one machine to another. In some cases stamps from different models have been cataloged as a single type due to the difficulty of differentiation. Some of these stamps can be correctly identified if the impression includes a letter code for the meter model, but use of these codes was arbitrary and many stamps do not have it.
  • The stamps, especially the early ones, are often found with a feature called the greater border. This is usually a multi-line frame surrounding the frank and other elements of the impression. There are four general styles:
Simulated perforations around frank and slogan but not the town mark
Simulated perforations around frank, town mark and slogan (including or excluding the transaction counter at top)
Single or double straight line around frank, town mark and often the slogan (including or excluding the transaction counter)
Straight line around the town mark and slogan but not around the frank
  • The following symbols are used to depict non-numeric characters in the value figures:
MeterCat 4-point star.jpg : 4-point star
MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg : 5-point asterisk with ends of arms thick
★ : solid 5-point star, arms ending in point (can be thick or thin, with single point up or down)
☆ : hollow 5-point star
MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg : 5-point starburst (sometimes appearing as a dot with five smaller dots around it)
MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg : 6-point star with horizontal and diagonal arms
MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg : 6-point star with vertical and diagonal arms
✳ : 8-point starburst
✠ : Maltese cross
≋ : three stacked wavy lines
MeterCat solid diamond.jpg : solid diamond (sometimes appears as large dot)
◇ : hollow diamond
MeterCat slot head.jpg : split solid circle (slotted screw head)
MeterCat delta.jpg : delta or triangle
MeterCat block.jpg : solid square
MeterCat box.jpg  : hollow square
✖ : bold 'x'
MeterCat negative X.jpg : negative 'x'
MeterCat pentagon.jpg : hollow pentagon


  • From 1937 to 1944 most meter dates included the Fascist year (in Roman numerals) added at right. A few remained in use as late as 1952.


  • Meters in Italy are capable of printing a directional slug that is usually found several centimeters below the town mark but also at other locations. Known slugs are:
ESPRESSO (express)
ESTRATTO CONTO (statement of account)
FATTURA COMM (commercial invoice)
MANOSCRITTI (manuscript)
MANOSCRITTI CON LETTERA DI ACCOMPAGNAMENTO (manuscript with accompanying letter)
RACCOMMANDATE (registered)
STAMPE or STAMPATI (printed matter)
VIA AEREA (by air)
This catalog lists slugs used with Post Office meters (Group PO) but not those found on regular meters.


NOTE: For specialized information about the meter stamps of Italy, see the several guides published by the Associazione Italiana Collezionisti di Affrancature Meccaniche (AICAM, http://www.aicam.org/), especially their eight part Catalogo Generale delle Affrancature Meccaniche Italiane by Roberto Di Casola and Milvio Bencini and Le affrancatrici meccaniche negli Uffici Postali Italiani by Mario Pozzati. Some images used here are from these catalogs. Thanks is offered to the authors and AICAM for this.




GROUP A: Rectangular frank with fasces in side panelsEdit


Italy stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Hasler "F2" (FV-8), 1927. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Town mark with identification number below.
Spacing variable. Slogan at left.
Value figures with comma.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,05 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,10 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,75 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,75 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5,00
a. With user's name below the TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
b. TM lowered with slogan above MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
c. TM SC MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value unknown]



Italy stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Universal "5" (FV-5), 1927. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Similar to Type A1 but large single circle TM with one star at bottom.
Spacing 23mm. Slogan at far left.
Date without stops. Roman month in date.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,05 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,10 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,20MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,50




Italy stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Sima (FV-5/8).

Very similar to Type A2 but with user's name or slogan below the town mark or, rarely, below the frank.
TM normally has three stars at bottom but also with two, one or none.
Spacing variable, between 26 and 33mm.
Comma in value figure.
Date with stops. Arabic month (normally) in date.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,10 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,30 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,75 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,75 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2,75 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,60 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
a. Used in Yugoslavia during the Italian occupation, 1941-1945. The town mark reads "LUBIANA / LJUBLJANA" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$350]

NOTE: These value figures may have been used but have not been seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,05 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,15 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,35 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,40 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,45 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,65 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,85 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,95 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,15 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,35 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,40 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3,00




Italy stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Sima (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type A3 but the frank is taller.
Decimal in value figure.
Slogan/user's name below frank, between the town mark and frank, or centered below entire stamp, never below TM only as with Type A3.
Spacing variable, in two general ranges: 17 to 26mm, and 33 to 37mm.
Arabic month in date.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★0.00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ☆0.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat slot head.jpg 0.00 (A)
a. With greater border MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
b. Post Office stamp, with “UFFICIO POSTALE” below TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]




Italy stamp type A5.jpg


A5. Francotyp "A" (MV), 1927.

With Impression counter centered or raised between TM and frank.
Spacing 59-62mm between centers of date and value figures.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg 0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg 000 (A)
a. With greater border
b. Special greater border: Simulated perforations with internal segments around frank and TM, or around frank and slogan/user’s name MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
c. Post Office stamp, with “UFFICIO POSTALE” below frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]




Italy stamp type A6.jpg

A6. Francotyp "B" (MV), 1927. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type A5 but spacing wider, 74-75mm between centers of date and value figures.
Date with stops after day and month.
Impression counter raised between TM and frank.
Slogan below frank and/or in center.
Value figures large and sharply angular.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 (A)
a. With greater border MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]




Italy stamp type A7.jpg
Italy stamp type A7b.jpg
Italy stamp type A7e.jpg
Italy stamp type A7f.jpg













A7. Francotyp "C" (MV), 1927.

Very similar to Types A6 but date without stops.
Spacing 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
Slogan center or below the whole stamp.
Value figures usually smaller and smoother than on Type A6.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg 0.000 (A, scarce)
a. With greater border MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
b. Special greater border: Simulated perforations with internal segments around frank, TM, slogan, Impression counter number, and meter model number “Mod. C/FRANCOTYP" in lower left MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
c. Post Office stamp, with “UFFICIO POSTALE” between TM and frank or below frank. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
d. Used in Cyrenaica region of Libya. TM reads “BENGASI/ CIRENAICA”. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]
e. Frank without frame, value figures only
f. Date surrounded by frank frame, value figures only at right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value unknown]







Italy stamp type A8.jpg


A8. Sima (MV), 1943. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]

Similar to Type A4 but the fasces ornaments in the side panels have the ax heads at the top.
This is known as the "Repubblicani" fasces.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 (A)
a. With greater border MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]




Italy stamp type A9.jpg


A9. Sima (MV), 1943. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$750]

As Type A8 but the fasces in the side panels are much thinner.
This is known as the "Filiformi" fasces.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00








GROUP B: Provisional design, Group A types with panels at sides empty or removedEdit


Italy stamp type B1b.jpg

B1. Hasler "F2" (FV-8), 1944. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]

As Type A1 but with fasces removed from sides.
TM with M# below. Spacing variable.
Comma in value figure.
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg4,00
a. TM SC MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare. Value unknown]
b. Mailer's name instead of identification number below the town mark (shown)


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B2. Sima (FV-1). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type A3 but with fasces removed from sides.
TM normally has three stars at bottom but also with two, one or none.
Spacing variable, between 26 and 33mm.
Comma in value figure.
Values known: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,75 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3,00



Italy stamp type B3.jpg
Italy stamp type B3a.jpg

B3. Sima (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type A4 but with fasces removed from sides.
Decimal in value figure.
Slogan/user's name below frank, center, or centered below entire stamp, never below TM only as with Type A3.
Spacing variable in three ranges: 8mm, 17 to 26mm, or 33 to 37mm.
Arabic month in date, with stops.


MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.0 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★0.00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg☆0.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg☆00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✠0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 (O)
a. Inner panels completely removed from frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
b. With greater border. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]




Italy stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Francotyp "A" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type A5 but with fasces removed.
With Impression counter centered or raised between TM and frank.
Spacing 59-62mm between centers of date and value figures.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A)
a. With greater border





Italy stamp type B5.jpg


B5. Francotyp "B" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type A6 but with fasces removed.
With Impression counter raised between TM and frank.
Spacing 74-75mm between centers of date and value figures.
TM: SC, date with stops
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A)
a. One or both inner panels removed from frank. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
b. With greater border. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]






Italy stamp type B6.jpg
Italy stamp type B6a.jpg
Italy stamp type B6d.jpg













B6. Francotyp "C" (MV).

As Type A7 but with fasces removed.
With Impression counter raised between TM and frank.
Spacing 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
TM: SC, date without stops
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.00 (A)
a. One or both inner panels removed from frank. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
b. Frank missing, V/F only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
c. With greater border
d. Fasces partly obliterated but still present

NOTE: Sub-variety b is identical to Type A7e but with a post-war date.







GROUP C: First post-war design, horizontal frank, side panels contain a design of leaves and branchesEdit

NOTES:

  • See also Groups PO and PS for stamps with side panels of leaves and branches.
  • Stamps of Group C onward can be difficult to identify. Some meter models, although identical, were marketed under different nameplates. Among meters of the same model, wide variations can exist in basic features such as size of town mark, distance between the town mark and frank, and the size and shape of date and value figures.




Sub-Group CA: Narrow frank, 30-31mm wide by 23-25mm tall, without dots at sides of “POSTE ITALIANE” (except for Types CA7-CA9)Edit

  • This sub-group includes AICAM (the Italian meter stamp collecting society) frank die types 9, 32, and 33.


Italy stamp type CA1.jpg


CA1. Sima (FV-8,-12), 1946. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

User’s name/slogan below TM.
With three, two or one star at bottom of TM.
TM: SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg4,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg6,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg8,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg13,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg14,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg15,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg20,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg25,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg30,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg50,00




Italy stamp type CA2.jpg


CA2. Hasler “F2” (FV-8). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

M# below TM. Slogan at left.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg3,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg4,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg15,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg20,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg20,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg25,ooMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 50,00

NOTE: One meter is known with Single Circle TM and is very rare.





Italy stamp type CA3.jpg


CA3. Sima (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Slogan/user’s name below frank, between TM and frank, or below entire stamp, never below TM only.
Spacing variable in two ranges: narrow 17 to 26mm, and wide 33 to 37mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✠00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00. (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✠00.==
a. With greater border. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]






Italy stamp type CA4.jpg



CA4. Francotyp “A” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Impression counter centered or raised between TM and frank.
Spacing 59-62mm between centers of date and value figures.
TM: SC large (~24mm) or small (~22mm)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A)
a. With greater border









NOTE: The Francotyp "B" stamp previously cataloged as Type CA5 probably does not exist.





Italy stamp type CA6.jpg


CA6. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

With or without Impression counter raised between TM and frank.
Spacing 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A)
a. With greater border. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]



Italy stamp type CA7A.jpg
Italy stamp type CA7B.jpg



CA7. Francopost [Frama “Sensonic” and “Mail-Max”] (digital), 1999.

Dots at sides of “POSTE ITALIANE”.
Spacing very narrow.
Model identifier and M# vertical at left of TM.
Value figures tall.
A. “Sensonic” model, with identifier “FP S2000 –“.
B. “MailMax” model, with identifier “FP MAX –“.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✳0000 (Sensonic) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 (MailMax)






Italy stamp type CA8.jpg
Italy stamp type CA8B.jpg




CA8. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” and "Optimail" (digital).

Very similar in appearance to Type CA7 but value figures shorter, and date figures taller.
A. “T-1000” model, with identifier “FT T1000“.
B. “Optimail” model, with identifier “FP optimail“.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000









Italy stamp type CA9.jpg


CA9. Francotyp-Postalia “Ultimail" (digital).

Frank frame as with Type CA8.
Value figures are larger and lower than the date figures.
With "FP ultimail" and meter number below the frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00














Sub-Group CB: Wide frank, ~35-37mm wide by 25-27mm tallEdit

“POSTE ITALIANE” usually with dots at the sides

  • This sub-group covers AICAM (the Italian meter stamp collecting society) frank die type 10.


Italy stamp type CB1A.jpg
Italy stamp type CB1 value figure types.jpg
Italy stamp type CB1B.jpg
Italy stamp type CB1 variations.jpg
Italy stamp type CB1aa.jpg
Italy stamp type CB1aaa.jpg










CB1. Sima (MV), 1948.
Large variations in size and style of value figures exist. See the chart above.
Value figures are normally fairly large, 5½-7mm tall, but also short, 4-5mm. The taller figures can be angular or oval while the shorter figures are always oval.
Two kinds of angular value figures are found. One is the classic angular figure commonly seen with early German Francotyp meters. The other is peculiar to Italy and is a blend of the sharply angular German style and a variable oval font. It is referred to below as "IA" (for Italian Angular).
Two kinds of oval value figures also exist. One is a large font with figures of variable thickness, and the other is smaller with lines of uniform thickness. These are both referred to as "O".
Spacing between the town mark and frank is also highly variable, 1mm to 38mm have been seen.
The date figures are fairly consistent in size and style and nearly always have stops after D and M.
If present, the identification number prefix is “SE” or “SI”.
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: SC, small (19-20mm) or large (22-24mm)


V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00 (IA)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00. (A,IA) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.= (A,IA,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat quad head.jpg00.= = (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat quad head.jpg00.= (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000. (IA,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 = (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.= (A,IA,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 (IA) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000. (IA) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 = (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ☆000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat quad head.jpg000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✖000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★0000 (IA) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.00 (A,IA)
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg☆00.00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.00 (IA) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat quad head.jpg00.00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat pentagon.jpg00.00 (IA) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 (A,IA,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
The following value figures may exist but need verification:
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat quad head.jpg00= (O, no stop) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ☆00. (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✠00.= (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✠0.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✠000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat quad head.jpg000= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.0 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000. (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00.00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✠00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
a. With greater border
b. TM DC or BIC
c. Date without stops


NOTES:

  • The five-point starburst (MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg) and pentagon (MeterCat pentagon.jpg) characters possibly are stars altered by wear and uneven inking.
  • Many of the value figures with three or more characters have one or two fixed zeros at right. These fixed zeros are sometimes in a different style that the other figures. Most often found are Oval or Italian Angular figures with Angular fixed zero(s).





Italy stamp type CB2A.jpg
Italy stamp type CB2 variations.jpg
Italy stamp type CB2Bb.jpg
Italy stamp type CB2aa.jpg
Italy stamp type CB2e.jpg


CB2. Francotyp “A” (MV).

Spacing 59-62mm between centers of date and value figures. The center of the value figures does NOT include any fixed symbols or zeros added at right.
Usually with Impression counter centered or raised between TM and frank but occasionally without.
Date figures without stops, often irregular with Y larger than D and M.
If present, identification prefix is “FTa” (Francotyp) or .
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: SC (variable from 19 to 26 mm), BIC, DC




V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.0 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg.000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000. (A)
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000.= (A)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.00 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00.00 (starburst with hollow circle at center, O)
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.= (O)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000.= (G,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00 (G,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000 (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat slot head.jpg000.= (A)
The following value figures may exist but are not verified:
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.= (O)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★.000.= (A)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg.000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg.000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✠000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✠00.00 (A,O)
a. With greater border or partial greater border
b. Without dots at sides of “POSTE ITALIANE”
c. Fascist (Roman) year added to date
d. Inner rectangle around date
e. Sima style value figures (see Type CB1). Verified as Francotyp "A" by the date figures, spacing, and the impression counter number.

NOTES:

  • The asterisk (MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg) and five-point starburst (MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg) characters and even the star (★) character can appear quite similar with this meter type. This is true also with Types CB3 and CB3.1.
  • Some of the value figures with four or more characters have one or two fixed zeros at right. These fixed zeros are sometimes in a different style that the other figures.




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CB3. Francotyp “B” , Postitalia (MV).

Spacing 74-75mm between centers of date and value figures. (The value figure width does NOT include any fixed symbols or zeros added at right, only the leftmost three or four banks.)
Date with stops.
Usually with impression counter raised between TM and frank.
If present, identification prefix is “FT” for Francotyp or “P” for Postitalia.
Value figures are large, 6 to 7mm tall.
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels (not shown)
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg =00.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 (A)
a. With greater border

NOTE: Francotyp meters were rebranded as Postitalia meters after World War Two. Other than the name change there are no differences between the machines. The stamps are indistinguishable unless they include an identification number with prefix, "FT" for Francotyp or "P" for Postalia. These prefixes are always followed by one or two lower case letters, i.e. FTc, FTee, Pa, etc.




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CB3.1. Francotyp “C”, Postitalia (MV).

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Spacing 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures. (The value figure width does NOT include any fixed symbols or zeros added at right, only the leftmost three or four banks.)
Date without stops.
With or without Impression counter raised between TM and frank.
Postitalia stamps are generally indistinguishable from the Francotyps. See the NOTE below.
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels (not shown)
TM: SC (variable from 19 to 26 mm), BIC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A,O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.00 (A)
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.0 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00 (O)
a. With greater border
b. Greater border appearing as bricks, rope, chain, pipes, etc, used by businesses that dealt in those products, i.e. masons, chandlers, plumbers, etc. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
c. Non-standard greater border of single wavy line
d. With registration box at left
e. Inner rectangle around date
f. TM with inner circle only, no outer rim

NOTE: See the NOTE following Type CB3. This applies also to CB3.1 except in one respect. Later Postitalia meters were fitted with date figures that are different from those used with Francotyp C and early Postitalia rebranded meters. Francotyp C date figures are narrow and about 3mm tall. The later Postitalia date figures are generally shorter, 2½mm tall, and appear more rounded. These later Postitalia dates are found both with stops and without. Those with stops are cataloged as Type CB3.2.




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Italy stamp type CB3point2B.jpg
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CB3.2. Postitalia (MV).

Nearly identical in appearance to Type CB3.1 except the date figures always have stops.
Date figures usually relatively thin, 2½-3mm tall, with stops after D and M.
Spacing as with Type CB3.1, 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
If present the identifier number has "Pe" prefix.
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A) MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.00 (A)
a. With greater border
b. Extra wide, non-standard spacing, 84mm between centers of date and value figures








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CB4. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

Very similar to Type CB3.2 but the date figures are relatively thick, 3mm tall, with stops after D and before Y (closer to Y than to M).
If present the identification number has "FTee" prefix.
A. Wide spacing (same as with Type CB3.1), ornaments fill the side panels
B. Wide spacing, with some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
C. Narrow spacing (variable between 30 and 40mm), ornaments fill the side panels
D. Narrow spacing, with some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000.= (O)
a. Inner rectangle around date





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CB4.1. Postitalia (MV).

Medium spacing, 40 to 46mm between centers of date and value figures.
Date figures with or without stops.
Ornaments fill the side panels.
If present the identification number has "Pe" prefix.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= (A)
a. Spacing narrower than typical (38mm) and with non-standard Lirma style value figures: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= (O)









NOTE: The stamp previously cataloged as Type CB4.2 is Type CB4.1 with stops in the date.




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CB4.3. Francotyp “A9000” (MV).

Date figures have stops after D and M and are widely spaced between M and Y.
If present the identification number often has "FTa 9000" prefix.
A. Wide spacing (same as with Type CB3.1), ornaments fill the side panels
B. Wide spacing, with some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
C. Narrow spacing (variable between 30 and 40mm) ornaments fill the side panels
D. Narrow spacing, with some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.= (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000.= (O)
Italy stamp type CB4point3Da.jpg
a. With registration block at far left








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CB5. Lirma and Steiner (MV).
Easily confused with Sima (Type CB1) which has identical date figures but can generally be identified by the value figures which are typically thinner.
Known only with ornaments filling the side panels.
It is very difficult to tell Lirma and Steiner stamp impressions apart, thus they are cataloged here as a single type.
Date figures are 14mm wide and have stops after D and M.
Four general sub-types are identified by the distance between the centers of the date and value figures. In all cases the value figure measurement includes only the first three or four positions and excludes the ".00" which is fixed and not applied by the value number wheels.
A. Medium wide: 46-55mm between centers of date and value figures
B. Wide: 56-65mm
C. Narrow: 31-45mm (Lirma only)
D. Very narrow: 20-30mm (Lirma only)
TM: BIC, SC, DC
If present, the identification number prefix is “Lma" or "Lmae” for Lirma and "STmg", "STae", "STam" or "STe" for Steiner.
V/F (all oval): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat negative X.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat negative X.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✖000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.00
a. With greater border
















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Hasler F88 value figures.jpg
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CB6. Hasler “F88” (MV).
Value figure styles are peculiar to Hasler. See the chart at right. The "short & thick" figures are scarce and unique to Italy.
Date with stops, always with Roman month.
Spacing quite variable, wide to narrow.
Usually with identification number, most often appearing below the frank.
If present, identification number either without prefix or with "H", "H.", "H-", or "HNL" prefix.
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: DC, SC, frequently with star(s) at bottom or at the sides
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.=
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 = MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.= (See the NOTE below.)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 == MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.== MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000.=
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 == MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000
a. TM lowered with 5-digit impression counter number above
b. With registration slogan: box at left containing “R”, number, and Post Office name
c. Identification number above frank rather than below
d. Identification number below town mark rather than frank
e. Identification number vertical between town mark and frank
f. Post Office stamp for registration, with “RACCOMANDATE” in the town mark
g. Post Office stamp for registered mail to the European Community. TM reads “POSTE ITALIANE/ 1^ MOSTRA MECC. POSTE COMMUNITA EUROPEA”
h. Post Office stamp for bulk mailings, “CONTI DI CREDITO” in TM or as slogan
i. Post Office stamp for Postage Due, with large “T” slogan. Printed in blue. TM may includes “SERVIZIO TASSATE”. Value figures: MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000
j. Post Office stamp. Town mark with flying envelope logo at bottom
k. Postal Official stamp. Town mark reads “DIREZIONE GEN. P.T.” with post horn or “UFFICIO A.R.” at bottom

NOTE: The "Hasler small" and "short & thick" font styles are known only with this value figure.





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CB6.1 Hasler “F66” (MV).

Very similar to Type CB6 except the value figures are different.
The lines of the value figures are thinner but the characters are slightly wider than with CB6 (Hasler large). See the chart at right. Horizontals at tops of 3, 5, and 7 are straight.
Identification number below the frank with prefix "H" or "H66(+lower case letter)"
A. Ornaments fill the side panels
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.=MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 = MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳0000
a. Postal Official stamp. Town mark reads “DIREZIONE GEN. P.T.” with post horn or “UFFICIO A.R.” at bottom








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CB6.2 Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Scarce]

Very similar to Type CB6.1B except value figures are smaller.
Frank known only with some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels.
Spacing is narrow.
Identification number with "HSM" prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000000




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CB6.3. Audion "Micropost" (MV).

Known only with ornaments filling the side panels.
Spacing between the centers of the date and value figures is 50-65mm. The value figure measurement includes only the first three or four positions and excludes the ".00" which is fixed and not applied by the value number wheels.
Date figures always without stops. Roman month is common.
TM: DC, SC (never BIC)
V/F (all oval, 4½mm tall, either wide or narrow): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000











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CB7. Pegasus (MV), 1954. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

Closely resembles Type CB3.1 (Francotyp "C") but is not quite as wide at 71mm between centers of date and value figures.
Can most easily be identified by the star in the value figures which Type CB3.1 never has.
Date without stops.
Only one Pegasus meter is known to have been placed into use.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000.=






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CB8. Pitney Bowes-GB “5600” (MV).

Known only with ornaments filling the side panels.
Spacing between town mark and frank 12-13mm.
Identification number prefix “PB” or “PB 800” vertical between TM and frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg =000





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CB8.1. Audion "6000" (MV).

Very narrow spacing, 2-3mm, between town mark and frank.
Frank known only with some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels.
If present, identification number prefix is “AU 6000”.
Value figures 4½ - 5 mm tall, widely spaced. If with leading star, it is upright.
Date with stops after D and M.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0000 (★ is upright) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
a. With greater border around slogan and town mark



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CB9. Francopost [Frama "EPS"] (MV).

Very similar to Type CB8.1 but spacing is not as narrow with about 15mm between town mark and frank.
If present, identification number prefix is “FP”.
Value figures 4½ - 5 mm tall, widely spaced, and with leading star tilted.
Date figures with stops and M and D.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0000 (★ is tilted)




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CB10. Francopost [Frama M/E] (MV). 1983 or earlier

Similar to Type CB9 but value figures are larger and thicker.
Narrow spacing, 3-6mm between town mark and frank.
If present, identification number prefix is “FP 400” or "FP 500".
Date figures with stops and M and D.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0000 (★ tilted or downward pointing)
a. Post Office stamp for bulk mailings, with “CONTO DI CREDITO” below frank










Sub-Group CC: Medium frank, 32-33mm wide by 22-24mm tallEdit

“POSTE ITALIANE” with dots at the sides.

  • This sub-group includes AICAM (the Italian meter stamp collecting society) frank die types 11 and 22.



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CC1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV), 1953.

Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
Date figures small, 2mm, with or without stops.
If present, identification number prefix is “PB” or “PB R”.
A. Design fills side panels
B. Design with small spaces at top and bottom of side panels
TM small SC, 20mm
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000≋ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00≋
000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[scarce]
a. Post Office stamp used for Postage Due, with “T” slogan, often with “TASSATE” in TM
b. Postal Official stamp, with “Ministero delle Poste” in the slogan
c. With box at far left containing large "R", number, and town name, used for registered mail




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CC2. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

Very similar to Type CC1 but TM is larger, 22-23 mm, and date figures are taller, 2.5 mm.
Identification number prefix is “PB” or “PB 5000”.
A. Design fills side panels
B. Design with small spaces at top and bottom of side panels
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000







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CC3. Pitney Bowes “5600” (MV).

As Type CB8 but frank is narrower at 33mm in width.
Date and value figures are level with each other.
Normally with identification number prefix “PB 800” vertical between TM and frank but also known with "PB" alone as prefix.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=000



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CC3.1. Francopost [Frama EPS] (MV).

If present, identification number prefix is "FP ER" or "FP MR".
Date figures with stops after M and D.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000




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CC3.2. Francopost "41" (MV).

Wide spacing, 67mm between centers of date and value figures.
If present, identification number prefix is "FP ER", "FP MR", or "FP ES".
Date figures with stops and M and D.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000

NOTE: In the paper version of this catalog Type CC3.2 was cataloged erroneously in Sub-group CB as CB9.




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CC3.3. Francopost [Frama M/E] (MV).

As Type CB10 but frank is narrower at 32-33mm in width.
Identification number with “FP 400” prefix.
Value figures tall and thick, with leading star pointing down.
TM: SC
V/F: ★0000




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CC4. Francotyp-Postalia (digital), 2002.

Value figures are wider and somewhat squarer than previous sub-group CC types.
Identification number with “FP” prefix below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00









GROUP D: Side panels contain a design of leavesEdit

  • First used in 1960

NOTES:

  • Group D has been extensively revised with catalog numbers completely changed from those in the paper catalog. Apologies offered to collectors inconvenienced by these changes.
  • See Group PO and Type PV2 for other stamps with Group D style side panels.
  • Positive identification of many Group D stamps is difficult. The three charts below will help.


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NOTE: Types D1 and D2 are very similar in appearance with large overlap in date and value figures. If an ID number prefix is present identification is easy, but if not measurement of the width may work. Too often one must accept ambiguity.


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D1. Lirma (MV).

If present the identification number prefix is Lma, Lma 404, Lmae, Lmae 404, Lmae 65, Lmsf, Lsf, or MA 404
A. Wide (58-62mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Medium (52-57mm)
C. Narrow (35-38mm)
D. Very narrow (25-31mm)
TM: DC1 (scarce), BIC-A1, BIC-B1, SC-L1, SC-S1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-7): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat negative X.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. Value figures small, 3mm tall, and distinctively different from usual
b. Value figures of variable thickness, similar to those found with Type D4 but smaller. One meter known.
c. Date figures, untypically, below level of value figures
d. With greater border














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D1.1 Hasler (Lirma) (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Scarce, value unknown]

Hasler bought several Lirma meters and marketed them under their own brand because they did not have a machine competitively priced at the time. Their period of use was quite short.
Identical to Type D1A except for identification number prefix H 104.
TM: BIC-B1
V/F (Oval-1): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg000




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D2. Steiner (MV).

Nearly identical to Type D1 but the measurements are slightly different. See the chart above.
If present the identification number prefix is STa, STe, STe 73, STae, STae 70, STam, STm 73, or STmg. (See a below)
A. Wide (61-65mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Medium (53mm)
C. Very narrow (26-30mm)
TM: BIC-A1 (scarce), BIC-B1 (scarce), SC-L1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-7): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg0000
a. Identification number prefix "GM 25"
b. With greater border











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D3. Lirma "9000" (Neopost "SM78/94") (MV).

Spacing as with Type D1C.
Most easily identified by the distinctive date figures which have centered stops between the day, month and year.
Identification number prefix "LI 9000" reads up between TM and frank.
TM: DC6, also BIC-A with same date style (omitted by error from chart above)
V/F (Oval-11): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000





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D4. Sima (MV).

Value figures are large with lines of variable thickness.
If present the identification number prefix is SP.
A. Wide spacing (50-65mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Very narrow spacing (20-35mm)
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-5): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.










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D5. Sima "76, 90" (MV).

As D4 but value figures are smaller, narrow, and narrowly spaced, usually with one or two solid upright stars (★/★★) leader.
If present the identification number prefix is E 76, SI 76, SI E 76, Sim 90, SI m 90, or SI/SX.
A. Wide spacing (50-65mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Very narrow spacing (20-35mm)
TM: DC3, SC-L1, SC-S1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★★000







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D6. Francopost (MV).

Very similar to Type D5 but the spacing is different, and the value figures are more widely spaced.
If present the identification number prefix is FP, FP E, FP M, FP ER, FP ES, FP MR, or FP MS.
A. Wide spacing (66-67mm between centers of date and value figures, always wider than Type D5A)
B. Very narrow spacing (25-35mm)
TM: BIC-C1, SC-L1, SC-XL
V/F (Oval-8, Oval-9): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg000









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D7. Francopost (Frama M/E) (MV).

Narrow spacing (32-33mm between centers of date and value figures)
Value figures large and thick.
With identification number prefix FP400 or FP500.
TM: SC-XL
V/F (Oval-7): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 (the ★ is always tilted, never with point straight up)





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D8. Francotyp "Cc/Ccm" (MV).

Value figures fairly large and thick.
If present the identification number prefix is "Fr."
Date with stops.
A. Wide spacing (77-79mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Medium spacing
TM: SC-L2
V/F (Oval-3): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000








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D9. Francotyp "CM10000" (MV).

Value figures tall and narrow with "◆" leader.
Narrow spacing (35-37mm between centers of date and value figures)
If present the identification number prefix is CM 10000, Cm 10000, FT 10000, Ft 10000, FTa 10000, FTee, or FTPcm10000.
Date with stops.
TM: BIC-A2, SC-L2
V/F (Oval-12): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆0000
a. Post Office stamp used to collect Postage Due, printed in blue, with large "T" slogan




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D10. Francotyp "A9000" (MV).

Value figures tall as with Type D9 but more widely spaced.
The date figures contain a wide space between the month and year.
If present the identification number prefix is A 9000, FTa 9000, Fta 9000, FTee, or FT.A/9000.
Date with stops.
A. Wide spacing (77-79mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Narrow spacing (35-37mm)
TM: BIC-A3, SC-L3
V/F (Oval-3): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆0000







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D11. Postitalia (MV).

Very similar to Type D8 but the value figures are angular.
If present the identification number prefix is Pe.
A. Wide spacing (77-79mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Narrow spacing (35-45mm)
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Angular): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000










NOTE: The very narrow stamps, Types D12, D13, D14B, and D15C, can be extremely similar in appearance. Identification number prefixes are most helpful here.



Italy stamp type D12.jpg

D12. Audion "Raccomandate" (MV).

Very narrow spacing (24-30mm between centers of date and value figures)
Quite similar to Type D2B (Steiner) except for the value figure leader: "★" for D12, "MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg" for D2.
If present the identification number prefix is ARE, ARe, Are, A.R.E., ARM, or A.R.M.
TM: SC-L1, SC-S1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. With box containing registration number at left (shown)




Italy stamp type D13.jpg


D13. Audion "6000" (MV).

Very narrow spacing as with Type D12.
D13 is quite similar to Type D6B except for spacing which, regretfully, overlaps.
If present the identification number prefix is AU 6000, or Au 6000.
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000






Italy stamp type D14A.jpg
Italy stamp type D14B.jpg



D14. Astro" (MV).

Date figures with or without stops
If present the identification number prefix is Ae or Am.
A. Medium spacing (45-51mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Very narrow spacing (20-30mm )
TM: DC4, DC5, SC-L4, SC-S1, SC-S2
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-2, Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000









Italy stamp type D15A.jpg
Italy stamp type D15B.jpg
Italy stamp type D15C.jpg



D15. Micropost (MV).

Date figures with or without stops
If present the identification number prefix is Me or Mee.
A. Wide spacing (57-60mm between centers of date and value figures)
B. Narrow spacing (32-40mm)
C. Very narrow spacing (25-31mm)
TM: SC-L1, SC-L4, SC-S1 (rare)
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-2, Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆00.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat negative X.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat negative X.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. TM: DC MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[One meter known. Rare]












Italy stamp type D16A.jpg
Italy stamp type D16B.jpg
Italy stamp type D16B frank.jpg



D16. Postalia (MV).

Known only with double straight-line greater border.
Value figures small, thin, narrow oval, zeros with curved sides.
A. Leaves in side panels as with all other Group D types
B. Leaves in side panels smaller with more empty space above and below
If present identification number prefix is TPS.
TM: SC-S2
V/F (Oval-10): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000













GROUP E: Side panels contain non-representative designsEdit

  • First used in 1955.
  • See the charts at the beginning of Group D.
  • The additional charts below applies to Group E features not found in Group D.


Italy Group E value figures.jpg
Italy Group E town marks.jpg






































Sub-Group EA: Side panels contain design of curved linesEdit



Italy stamp type EA1A.jpg
Italy stamp type EA1B.jpg


EA1. Francopost "30/31M/E, 40/41M/E" (MV), 1955.

Similar to Type D6 except for changed side panels.
If present, identification number prefix is "FP", "FP M", "FP m", "FP ES", or "FPes".
A. Spacing between centers of date and value figures 67-69mm (models 31 and 41)
B. Spacing 62-63 (models 30 and 40)
C. Narrow spacing, 25-35mm (model uncertain) (not shown)
TM: SC-L1, DIC-C
V/F (Oval-1 and Oval-9): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000












Sub-Group EB: Side panels contain vertical lines (circle in center of middle line) flanking a simple branch patternEdit

  • A narrow box surrounds the value figures.



Italy stamp type EB1.jpg


EB1. Postalia "D2" (MV), 1955.

Known only with double straight-line greater border.
Spacing very narrow.
If present, identification prefix is “PST” or “TPS”.
TM: SC-L2, SC-L4
V/F (Oval-10): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Date without stops (SC-L4)








Sub-Group EC: Value box in center of frank is surrounded on all four sides by ornamental design containing four holesEdit

  • A square box surrounds the value figures.
  • Known only with double straight-line greater border.


Italy stamp type EC1.jpg


EC1. Postalia "D3" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

The inner value box has no separate frame line.
Ornamental design is highly detailed and intricate.
Not known with identification number prefix.
In use for a short time only.
TM: SC-L2 with small date figures
V/F (Oval-10): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg000



Italy stamp type EC2.jpg


EC2. Postalia "D3" (MV).

The inner value box has a border line and is slightly larger than with Type EC1.
Ornamental design less detailed than with Type EC1.
If present, identification number prefix is “PST” or “TPS”.
TM: SC-L2 with small date figures
V/F (Oval-10): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg00 (rare) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Italy stamp type EC3.jpg


EC3. Postalia "D3" (MV).

Very similar to Type EC2 but the four holes in the side panels are oval rather than round.
If present, identification number prefix is “TPS” or, infrequently, "PS".
TM: SC-L2 with small date figures
V/F (Oval-10): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000








Sub-Group ED: Side panel design vaguely resembles leavesEdit

  • Frank with straight border, without simulated perforations


Italy stamp type ED1.jpg


ED1. Neopost "205" and "2205" (MV), 1962. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Nearly square frank with double straight-line border.
Spacing narrow.
Value figures tall and narrow.
Identification number prefix is “RN”.
TM: BIC-C (date figures tall without stops or short with stops), SC-L4 (tall date figures without stops)
V/F (Oval-11): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000









Sub-Group EE: Side panels contain short vertical ornaments with space above and belowEdit

  • This sub-group includes AICAM (the Italian meter stamp collecting society) frank die types 23, 24 and 30.



Italy stamp type EE1A.jpg
Italy stamp type EE1B.jpg


EE1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV).

Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
Identification number prefix is “PB R”.
Date figures small.
A. Frank 32mm wide
B. Frank 35mm wide
TM: SC-L1, SC-S1, SC-S2 with small date
V/F (Oval-13): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. Value figures "≈000" and identification number prefix "PB" without R MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Scarce]
b. With registration box (containing large “R” and number) left of TM




Italy stamp type EE2A.jpg
Italy stamp type EE2B.jpg



EE2. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

Very similar to Type EE1 with value figures below level of the date figures, but the TM is larger, 22.5mm, and the date figures are thicker and more tightly spaced.
Date figures are also larger.
Identification number prefix is “PB 5000”.
A. Frank 32mm wide
B. Frank 35mm wide
TM: SC-L1 with tight date
V/F (Oval-14): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000






Italy stamp type EE2point1.jpg

EE2.1. Pitney Bowes "800" (Universal "Automax") (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Scarce]

As EE2A but value figures are taller and level with the date figures.
Identification number prefix is “PB 800”.
Date without stops
TM: SC-L4
V/F (Oval-16): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=000




Italy stamp type EE3A.jpg
Italy stamp type EE3B.jpg



EE3. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type EE2B but date and value figures on same level.
Identification number prefix is “PB 6300”.
A. Frank 32mm wide MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Scarce]
B. Frank 35mm wide
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-14): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000






Italy stamp type EE4A.jpg
Italy stamp type EE4B.jpg



EE4. Pitney Bowes “A936” (MV).

Similar to Type EE3 but the value figures are even larger.
Identification number prefix “PB A 936”.
A. Frank 35 mm wide
B. Frank 37-38mm wide
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval15): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000






Italy stamp type EE5.jpg


EE5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Identification number prefix “H” or "HS" below frank.
TM: DC4
V/F (Oval-17): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000000
a. With registration box (containing large “R” and number) left of TM




Italy stamp type EE6.jpg

EE6. Audion “6000” (MV).

Spacing between TM and frank narrow 2-3 mm.
If present the identification number prefix is “AU 6000”, "A 6000", or "Au 6000",.
TM: SC-L3
V/F (Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. With registration box (containing large “R” and number) left of TM
b. With greater border



Italy stamp type EE7.jpg


EE7. Lirma (MV).

Spacing between TM and frank very narrow 1-3 mm.
Value figures small.
Identification number prefix is “Lmae” or occasionally "Lma".
TM: DC3, BIC-A1, SC-L1
V/F (Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000



Italy stamp type EE8.jpg
Italy stamp type EE8a.jpg

EE8. Lirma [Neopost “Electronic”] (MV).

Spacing between TM and frank medium 12 mm.
Identification number prefix is "Lefm", "Lefm 7", "L 5400", "LI 5400", "Li 5400", "L 7000", "L 7000B", or "L 8000".
TM: BIC-A3, BIC-B2
V/F (Oval-11): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000
a. Town mark is a large rectangle with mailer's name at top and date in center



Italy stamp type EE9A.jpg
Italy stamp type EE9B.jpg



EE9. Francotyp "A9000" (MV).

Date with wide space between M and Y.
Value figures large.
Identification number prefix is “FTa 9000” or “FTA 9000”.
A. Medium-narrow spacing
B. Very wide spacing
TM: SC-L3
V/F (Oval-3): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000






Italy stamp type EE9point1.jpg


EE9.1. Francotyp "Cm10000" (MV).

Narrow spacing, and very narrow value figures.
Identification number prefix is "FT 10000" or "Ft 10000".
TM: SC-L2
V/F (Oval-12): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000



Italy stamp type EE10.jpg

EE10. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS 3000” (MV).

Date figures 11mm wide.
Identification number prefix is “FT-EFS” or "FP-EFS".
Value figures 5 mm tall and narrow.
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-19): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000



Italy stamp type EE11.jpg

EE11. Francotyp-Postalia “MS5/WK4” (MV).

Very similar to Type EE10 with nearly the same spacing.
Date figures slightly wider at 13mm, and value figures shorter.
Identification number prefix is “FT MS/T".
TM: SC-L2
V/F (Oval-10): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000







Sub-Group EF: Side panels contain two parallel wavy linesEdit



Italy stamp type EF1.jpg


EF1. Audion “6000” (MV).

If present, identification number prefix is "AU 6000".
TM: SC-L1, SC-S1
V/F (Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. With registration box (containing large “R” and number) left of TM
b. With greater border around TM and slogan



Italy stamp type EF1point1.jpg


EF1.1. Micropost (MV).

Virtually identical to Type EF1 but for the identification number prefix which is "Mee".
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000




Italy stamp type EF2.jpg


EF2. Francopost [Frama] (MV).

This is a Frama meter marketed under name Francopost.
Value figures distinctively large and thick.
Identification number prefix is “FP 400” or "FP 500".
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-4): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000



Italy stamp type EF3A.jpg
Italy stamp type EF3B.jpg



EF3. Francopost (MV).

Identification number prefix is “FP 30”, "FP ER", "FP ES" or “FP MR”.
A. Narrow spacing
B. Wide spacing
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-9): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000










Italy stamp type EF4.jpg


EF4. Francotyp “Cm10,000” (MV).

Identification number prefix “FT 10000”, Fta 10000", or "FT CM 10000".
TM: SC-L4
V/F (Oval-12): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000





Italy stamp type EF4point1A.jpg
Italy stamp type EF4point1B.jpg



EF4.1. Francotyp “A9000” (MV).

Date figures with wide space between M and Y.
Identification number prefix “FT 9000”, Ft 9000", or "FTa 9000", or "FTA/9000".
A. Medium-narrow spacing
B. Very wide spacing
TM: SC-L3
V/F (Oval-2, Oval-3): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000








Italy stamp type EF5B.jpg
Italy stamp type EF5A.jpg



EF5. Lirma “404” (MV).

Very similar to Type EF3 but spacing very narrow 1-3 mm.
Value figures are not as narrow as on Type EF3.
If present, identification number prefix is "Lma", "Lmae", or "Lmae 404".
A. Narrow spacing
B. Wide spacing
TM: DC-1, BIC-A1, BIC-B1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-6): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000








Italy stamp type EF6.jpg
Italy stamp type EF6B.jpg



EF6. Steiner/Primavera “Gamma” (MV).

Value figures relatively small and thin.
If present, identification number prefix is "STe", "STae", "STam", "STm", "Stm", "GM25", or "GAMMA 25".
A. Narrow spacing
B. Wide spacing
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-1, Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg0000










Italy stamp type EF7.jpg


EF7. Sima (MV).

Very similar in appearance to Type EF6A except spacing even narrower at 1 mm.
Identification number prefix “SI76".
TM: SC-L1
V/F (Oval-8): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★★000










Sub-Group EG: Side panels contain three sets of ornaments resembling chain linksEdit




Italy stamp type EG1.jpg

EG1. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

Frame line complete.
Model nummber with “PBE” prefix reading down between TM and frank.
TM: SC-XL
V/F (Oval-18): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00000
a. Post Office stamp used for bulk mailings. With “CONTI/ DI CREDITO” left of the town mark. A few machines were used experimentally in Rome and Milan for several months during 1998. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare]



Italy stamp type EG2.jpg

EG2. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital).

Frame line broken at bottom by the identification number.
Frank variable in size.
Two columns of numbers outside TM at left.
A. Model number “PB736…” stacked between TM and frank.
V/F (DO-1): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00,00MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋00000
B. With euro sign (€) preceding value figures. Model number “PBF936…” stacked between TM and frank.
V/F (DO-1): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ ≋00,00
TM: SC-L1




Italy stamp type EG3.jpg

EG3. Pitney Bowes “PersonalPost” (digital).

Similar to Type EG2 but much shorter frank only 20 mm tall.
Date figures without stops.
Model number with "PBE" prefix stacked between TM and frank.
TM: SC-S2
V/F (DO-2): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0,00




Italy stamp type EG4.jpg

EG4. Pitney Bowes (digital).

Similar to Type EG2 but frank is slightly larger and the value figures are narrower.
Narrower lettering in “POSTE ITALIANE’ leaving empty space at the sides.
Model number with "PB" prefix stacked between TM and frank.
One column of numbers at left of TM.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC-L4
V/F (DO-3): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 000.00
a. Printed in blue









Sub-Group EH: Side panels with ornaments as Sub-group EE but wider and simpler (digital)Edit

  • Frank is narrow and tall, nearly square.



Italy stamp type EH1A.jpg
Italy stamp type EH1B.jpg



EH1. Lirma [Neopost “SM26”] (digital).

Narrow frank.
Inner box around value figures has overlapping lines in the corners.
M# in bottom panel.
A. “L SM26” below value figures
B. “€ SM26” below value figures
C. Blank below value figures. M# with “N” prefix
TM: DC7
V/F (DO-4): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (L) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 (€)





Italy stamp type EH2.jpg


EH2. Lirma [Neopost “IJ25/65”] (digital).

Value figures are close to the top of inner box, and it does not have the model identifier below.
Value figures rounded.
M# without prefix or with "PI" prefix.
TM: DC7
V/F (DO-5): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00




Italy stamp type EH3.jpg


EH3. Lirma [Neopost] (digital), 2004.

Ornaments at sides spaced more widely apart.
Value figures close to bottom of inner box.
M# with “DP” prefix.
TM: DC7
V/F (DO-6): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,00



Italy stamp type EH4.jpg


EH4. Neopost (digital).

Meter number with "N" prefix at bottom.
TM: DC7
V/F (DO-4): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00











GROUP PO: Designs found only on Post Office counter service machinesEdit

  • Used for registration, insurance, express mail, postage due, and bulk credit account mailings

NOTE: Stamp designs found in both private and Post Office use are cataloged as sub-varieties of the commercial meter types (Groups A, B, C, etc.). See Types A4b, A5c, A7c CB6f-j, CB10a, CC1a, D9a, and EG1a.



Italy stamp type PO0point1.jpg
Italy stamp type PO0point1 color.jpg








PO 0.1. Anker (MV), 1927. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare. Value uncertain]

Frameless, linear design on tape affixed to cover.
Stamp used for Registered Mail at the Rome Central Post Office from August to October or possibly later in 1927.
TM: SL
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0.00




Italy stamp type PO1AC.jpg
Italy stamp type PO1AF.jpg
Italy stamp type PO1AG.jpg
Italy stamp type PO1 receipt.jpg
Italy stamp type PO1BH.jpg


PO1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1952.

Very similar to Type CB6 but value figures have symbols as leading zeros.
Identification number is italic below frank.
A. No space above and below ornaments at sides.
B. With some blank space above and below ornaments in side panels.
C. For registered mail, spacing narrow, TM raised with large “R” and box below
D. For postage due, spacing narrow, “T” at far left. Printed in blue.
E. For postage due, spacing narrow, “T” at far left, TM lowered with 5-digit Impression counter above. Printed in blue.
F. For postage due, spacing wide with “T” between TM and frank. Printed in blue.
G. For postage due, spacing wide with “T” between TM and frank, TM lowered with 5-digit Impression counter above. Printed in blue.
H. For bulk mailings, with “CONTI DI CREDITO” inside or below TM, spacing narrow
I. For bulk mailings, with “CONTI DI CREDITO” inside or below TM, spacing narrow, TM lowered with 5-digit Impression counter above
TM either SC or DC usually but not always with post horn or envelope-in-motion logo at bottom.
V/F large (5½ mm tall): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✳✳✳✳.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳✳✳✳✳. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳✳✳✳✳ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✳✳✳✳✳.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◇◇◇◇◇ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◇◇◇◇◇.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat delta.jpg✳✳✳✳✳ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat box.jpg✳✳✳✳✳
V/F small (4½ mm tall): MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat delta.jpg✳✳✳✳✳.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳0000.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat box.jpg✳✳✳✳✳.= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat block.jpg✳✳✳✳✳.=
a. With “~A. R.~” above frank, to indicate return receipt required
b. With “ESPRESSO” above frank, for express mail
c. With “ESTERO” above frank, for international mail
d. With “ATTI GIUDIZ.” Or “ATTI GIUDIZIARI” (normal or negative in block) above or below frank, for legal proceedings or court mail
e. Error: “½” as leading symbol in V/F (½✳✳✳✳✳)
f. Without ID# below frank
g. Postage Due stamps (PO1D-G) printed in color other than blue. Known: black [scarce], red [rare]

NOTE: Receipts look like the stamp but have "RICEVUTA" reading up or down at left.




Italy stamp type PO2a.jpg
Italy stamp type PO2 receipt.jpg

PO2. Francotyp “Taxograph E” (MV), 1957.

Similar to Group C but smaller frank, 28 x 21 mm.
Wide spacing between TM and frank containing box for registration.
M# below frank and repeated between registration box and frank.
TM: DC containing “RACCOMANDATE”, or SC with post horn
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★★000.=
a. With “~A. R.~” slug below TM, to indicate return receipt required.
b. With “ESPRESSO” slug below TM, for express mail.
c. With “ESTERO” slug (negative in block) below TM, for international mail.
d. With “ATTI GIUDIZ.” slug (negative in block) below TM, for court mail.
e. With “ASSEGNO” slug below TM, for payment on delivery (COD).
NOTE: Receipts have no frank frame.



Italy stamp type PO3.jpg

PO3. Francotyp “Taxograph E” (MV).

Similar to Type PO1 but wider frank, 31 x 20 mm.
Spacing medium, ~8-12 mm.
A. With 6-digit Impression counter vertical left of TM. For bulk mailings on account. “CONTI DI CREDITO” inside or below TM. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. With 4-digit Impression counter horizontal at upper left of TM. For Postage Due, with large “T” at left of TM. (This version reported but not verified.)
TM: DC with service name in the bottom or SC with post horn in the bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★★000.=




Italy stamp type PO4.jpg
Italy stamp type PO4 receipt.jpg

PO4. TAE Citis (MV), 1963. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Small nearly square frank without side panels.
Used only for Registration.
Spacing very narrow.
Registration box at left of TM. M# below frank.
TM usually SC with star or post horn at bottom but also DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★★000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat delta.jpg★★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat delta.jpg★0000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat box.jpg★★000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat box.jpg★★★★0
a. With “~A. R.~” slug at far left, to indicate return receipt required.
b. With “ESPRESSO” slug at far left, for express mail.
c. With “ATTI GIUDIZ.” slug (negative in block) at far left, for court mail.
d. With “ESTERO” slug (negative in block) at far left, for international mail.
NOTE: Receipts have "RICEVUTA" above a plain rectangular frank frame.



Italy stamp type PO5.jpg

PO5. TAE Citis (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Small frank like with Type PO4 but with side panels containing ornaments.
Two known: 187 and 188.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★★000




Italy stamp type PO6Aa.jpg
Italy stamp type PO6BCE.jpg

PO6. Citis/TAE/EMS “PT3” (MV), 1971.

Frank similar to Group C stamps but with service indicator between TM and frank.
Value figures distinctive.
Found in both red and in black.
A. For Registered mail, large “R” left of box for reg. number, M# above box
B. For Priority mail, with bird logo at left of box. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
C. For Insured mail, as PO5A but with large “A” instead of “R”. M# 948 only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
D. For Priority mail, with bird logo above box and “POSTACELERE” below. M# 974 only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
E. for Priority mail, with bird logo and M# only. M# 3865 only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: large SC 25-26 mm with post horn at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳✳✳00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳✳✳.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(If adhesive stamps or other means were used to apply the postage and the meter stamp was used only to indicate the service, the value figures appear as ✳✳✳✳✳)
a. With “A. R.” slug below center, to indicate return receipt required.
b. With “ESPRESSO” or “ESPR.” slug below center, for express mail.
c. With “V. AER.” slug below center, for air mail.
d. With “ASSEGNO” or “ASS.” below center, for certified mail.
e. Commemorative stamp for World Stamp Expo, Rome, 1985. TM without post horn reads “ROMA ITALIA ‘85/ ESPOS. MONDIALE DI FILATELIA”. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
f. Commemorative stamp for Holy Year 1975, with “ANNO SANTO ‘75” above Registration box in center. Machines 409-412 only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
g. Printed in blue




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PO7. EMS “PT10” (MV).

Similar to Type PO4 but without side panel at right.
A. For Registered mail, large “R” left of box for reg. number, M# above box
B. For Priority mail, with bird logo above box and “POSTACELERE” below
C. Machine number and lines in center. For service such as bulk mailings that do not require a tracking number
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳✳✳✳✳00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(If adhesive stamps or other means were used to apply the postage and the meter stamp was used only to indicate the service, the value figures appear as ✳✳✳✳✳✳✳)
a. With “A. R.” slug below center, to indicate return receipt required.
b. With “ESPRESSO” or “ESPR.” slug below center, for express mail.
c. With “V. AER.” slug below center, for air mail.
d. With “ASSEGNO” or “ASS.” below center, to indicate payment on delivery (COD)
e. As PO7A, but TM contains “POSTACELERE” and bird logo, M# 5054 only. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]






Italy stamp type PO8.jpg

PO8. Sysco “P005” (digital), 1987. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Unframed design with value box at left and registration information (large “R” and number) at right.
Small value box 10-11mm tall.
Date with dashes (00-00-00).
Five machines only in use for about one year.
Printed in black.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg (with trailing starbursts, e.g. 100 lira looks like "100MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg")




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Italy stamp type PO9b.jpg



PO9. Sysco “P005” (digital), 1991.
Similar to Type PO7 but value box is taller at 14mm.
Other differences exist, most noticeable in the date with slashes (00/00/00) and the larger "R" next to the registration box.
A total of 120 machines were fielded.
Printed in black.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg (with trailing starbursts, e.g. 100 lira looks like "100MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg")
a. With “A. R.” slug below center, to indicate return receipt required.
b. Printed on self-adhesive label with flying envelope or "pt" logo (shown) at left and “SYSCO 005/C” or "SYSCO 006/C" vertical at right.

NOTE: The receipt impression is identical to the stamp except it is applied to a special receipt form.









Italy stamp type PO10.jpg

PO10. ELSAG Bailey (digital), 1993. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare, value unknown]

Bi-color imprint, with frames in red and variable data (date, town mark, time of day and value figures) in black.
Time of day in round-cornered box at left, large circular TM in center with date and post office name horizontal within, and frank at right.
M# below TM
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a. With “AR” slug below frank, to indicate return receipt required.
b. With “AS” below frank, for insured mail.
c. With “EX” below frank, for express mail.
d. With “VA” below frank, for air mail.



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PO11. EMS “PT80” (MV), 1995.

Very wide frank 40 x 23 mm.
Spacing very narrow.
At left of TM is box with rounded corners containing time of day below “ORA ACC”.
A. For registered mail, large “R” at far left
B. For insured mail, large “A” at far left
C. Without “R” or “A”. For services such as bulk mailings that do not require a tracking number
TM: large SC with post horn or new postal logo at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg00




Italy stamp type PO12Af.jpg
Italy stamp type PO12B.jpg

PO12. EMS “PT100” (MV), 1995.

Very similar to Type PO11 but box at left is shorter and contains tracking number or four stars (without “ORA ACC”).
Two sizes of box exist.
A. Without letter at far left
B. For Registered mail, large “R” at far left
C. For Insured mail, large “A” at far left
D. For Priority mail, large “P” at far left
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg000
a. With “A.R.” slug below frank, to indicate return receipt required
b. With “AS.” below frank, for insured mail
c. With “EX.” below frank, for express mail
d. With “V.A.” below frank, for air mail
e. With postal service logo at far left
f. With envelope-in-motion logo replacing post horn at bottom of TM





Italy stamp type PO13.jpg

PO13. EMS “PT200” (MV), 1995.

Very similar to Types PO11 and PO12 but without a box at left.
Used only for services that do not require a tracking number.
A. For postage due, large “T” at left
B. For bulk mailings, with “CONTI DI CREDITO” below frank
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg000
a. With envelope-in-motion logo replacing post horn at bottom of TM




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PO14. Audion “6000” (MV), 1997. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Two machines used temporarily and provisionally in Genoa for bulk mailings on account.
The two machines were ordinary private use meters with the frank frame removed and a “Poste Italiane” slogan added.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. Without TM, date only





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PO15. “Zebra” (digital), 2001.

Large, square digital data field at left.
“Poste Italiane” at right above box containing value figures and date.
One seen from 2001 with dual value figures in Lira and Euros.
Later examples without Lira value figures may exist.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgL. 00.000 / € 0.00





Italy stamp type PO15A.jpg
Italy stamp type PO15E.jpg



PO16. Olivetti “Tecnost” (digital), 2001.

With large digital data field at left as with Type PO15, but data at right is not boxed.
“Posteitaliane” small and at bottom right.
Serial/identification number below date.
Printed on white self-adhesive label. (Called “TP label” in Italy.)
A. For ordinary mail, “postaordinaria” at top
B. For registered mail, “postaraccomandata” at top
C. For priority mail, “postaprioritaria” at top
D. For insured mail, “postaassicurata/ raccomandata” at top
E. For flats and other nonstandard mail, blank at top
F. “Diritti Postali” at top (Official Postal Business. Literal translation is ‘postal rights’.)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg£0.000 (rare) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 0,00
a. With “AR” slug at top right, to indicate return receipt required
b. With “FP” slug at top right, to indicate mail to be picked up at the post office
c. With “EX ” slug at top right, to indicate express
d. With “EL…” instead of serial number






Italy stamp type PO17A.jpg
Italy stamp type PO17B.jpg



PO17. Pitney Bowes (digital), 2005.

Frank with three chain links at sides as with Sub-group EG.
Without meter or identification number.
Printed in black.
A. Frank approximately 39 x 28 mm, used for ordinary mail
B. Short frank approximately 39 x 17 mm with boxed mail classification below, used for Priority and other enhanced classes of mail
TM with rimless Post Office name at top and arc at bottom “Poste” and “Italiane” horizontal above and below date.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ ≋ 00,00









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PO18. Unidentified (Wincor Nixdorf?) (digital), 2007.

Posteitaliane” above square 2D barcode at right.
Value figures at top center.
In small letters across the bottom are the post code, post office names, date and time.
Either no, three, four, or five vertical bars (to help sorting) appear at left.
Three bars are for regular mail, four are for priority mail, and five are for registered, certified and express mail.
Examples without bars are not uncommon.
A. “Postaordinaria” at top left (regular mail)
B. “Postaprioritaria” at top left (priority mail)
C. “Postaassicurata” at top left (certified mail)
D. “Postaraccomandata” at top left (registered mail)
E. “Raccomandata1” at top left (registered express mail)
F. “paccocelere3” at top left (parcel post)
G. “Postaacelere 1 Plus” at top left (parcel post express)
H. “Porto Ordinario Editoriale” at top left (discount rate bulk mail)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg € 0,00
a. Postaraccomandata” in large letters across the top, without “Posteitaliane”
b. With “AR” slug at top left to indicate return receipt requested
c. Without bars at left
d. Postally used with "DEMO" reading up at lower left





Italy stamp type PO19.jpg

PO19. Pitney Bowes (digital), 20 October 2011.

Posteitaliane” above sorting bars in center.
At right are the date and time above the value figures and a horizontal 2D barcode.
Class of mail and post office identification at left.
Printed in blue.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Euro 000.00
a. without post office identification


NOTE. The mail classes listed with PO18 apply to PO19. Additionally "Pieghi di Libri" (book rate) is known with PO19. This may also exist with PO18.









GROUP PP: Designs used only for Parcel PostEdit

  • All stamps have two parts that are printed side by side or one above the other. The impression is applied to both a receipt for the customer and a record for the Post Office. Proofs exist with both stamp parts on a single sheet of paper.



Italy stamp type PP1.jpg


PP1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1932. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

The complete stamp shows a single tall frank with fasces at sides with double value figures and town marks.
In panel at top is “||A PARTE”. (This is the receipt.)
In panel at bottom is “|A PARTE”. (This is for postal records).
A single 4-digit Impression counter number is between the frank and the town marks.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg 0.00 (A)
a. With fascist year in Roman numerals appended to the date (e.g. "20 4 43 XXI")MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $25]




Image needed.jpg



PP1.1. Sima (MV), 1932. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value unknown]

Identical to Type PP1 but the date figures have stops and the value figures are probably different.
TM: probably SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg uncertain


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PP2. Sima (MV), 1947.

See image for Type PP2.1 below.
Similar to PP1 but with curved-line ornaments at sides.
The impression counter is far below the lower TM.
Frank is 37mm wide.
Angular value figures.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00.=

NOTE: The Impression counter is not shown in the illustration.



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PP2.1. Lirma "A1950" (MV).

Identical to Type PP2 but the value figures are smaller and oval.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.=













Italy stamp type PP2point2 proof.jpg



PP2.2. Sima (MV), 1947.

Similar to Types PP1 and PP1.1 but the frank is narrower at 32mm wide.
Date figures with stops.
The stamp presumably has angular value figures.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00.=






Image needed.jpg



PP2.3. Francotyp "C" (MV), 1947.

Identical to Type PP2.2 but presumably with different value figures.
The date figures have no stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg uncertain




Italy stamp type PP3.jpg
Italy stamp type PP3 proof.jpg


PP3. Sima "Italpacchi" (MV), 1957.

Similar to Types PP1 and 2 but smaller and with leaf design (like Group D) in side panels.
Not known with identification number prefix.
Date with stops.
The value figures are angular.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000.







Italy stamp type PP3point1.jpg
Italy stamp type PP3point1 proof.jpg


PP3.1. Lirma (MV), 1957.

Identical to Type PP3 but the value figures are oval.
If present, identification prefix is "PA" or "PAE".
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000








Italy stamp type PP3point2.jpg
Italy stamp type PP3point2 proof.jpg


PP3.2. Steiner (MV), 1957.

Identical to Type PP3.1 unless an identification number prefix is present.
If present, the identification number prefix is "STpa", perhaps "STa" and other similar prefixes.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000







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PP3.3. Postitalia (MV), 1957.

Identical to Type PP3.1 and 3.2 unless an identification number prefix is present.
If present, the identification number prefix is "PE" or "PM".
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00




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PP4. Audion “Micropost” (MV), 1966.

The complete stamp has two parts at left and right.
The left frank has “|A PARTE” stacked at left, and the right frank has “||A PARTE” stacked at right.
The illustration shows the left half.
Not seen with identification number prefix, but they may have been used.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000









Italy stamp type PP5.jpg

PP5. Audion "Astro" (MV).

The complete stamp contains two separate parts above and below the other. Shown is the lower part
The franks are horizontal rectangles with simulated perforation border.
The upper frank contains “||A PARTE” in the side panels, and the lower frank has “|A PARTE” in the side panels.
Not seen with identification number prefix, but they may have been used.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000




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PP6. Postitalia (MV), 1949.

Nearly identical to Type PP5 and can most easily be identified by the larger value figures and, if present, the identification number.
If present, identification prefix is "Ppae" and perhaps similar prefixes.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★000




Italy stamp type PP7.jpg

PP7. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1949.

Similar to Types PP5 and PP6 but the spacing is narrower.
Not seen with identification number prefix, but they may have been used.
Small date figures with stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. With Impression counter left of TM, found both vertical and horizontal




Italy stamp type PP8.jpg

PP8. Francotyp "Cm 10000 Pacchi" (MV).

As Types PP5-7 but the town mark is a square without frame line at top (bottom TM) and presumably without frame line at bottom on the top TM.
If present, identification prefix is "FTp".
The value figures are tall and narrow.
TM: square
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat solid diamond.jpg0000










GROUP PR: Designs used by private carriers licensed by the Post Office to carry parcelsEdit

  • Although used privately, the stamps are required by the Post. They resemble regular parcel post stamps (Group PP) and differ mainly in the inclusion of “RICEVUTA” and “BOLLETTINO” in the franks.


Italy stamp type PR1.jpg


PR1. Sima (MV), 1949.

As Type PP2 but with “RICEVUTA” (receipt) in the top frank and “BOLLETTINO” (postal record) in the bottom frank.
Not seen with identification number prefix.
Date with stops.
The value figures are angular.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.=



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PR2. Lirma (MV).

As Type PR1 but the value figures are oval.
Possible identification prefixes are unknown.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg00.=

















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PR3. Hasler (MV).

Probably very similar or identical to Type PR2.
Possible identification prefixes are unknown.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpguncertain


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PR4. Micropost (MV).

Probably very similar or identical to Type PR2.
Possible identification prefixes are unknown.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpguncertain


Italy stamp type PR5.jpg


PR5. Steiner (MV).

Probably very similar or identical to Type PR2.
Possible identification prefixes are unknown.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg000






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PR6. Hasler "F88" (MV), 1965.

As Types PR1-5 but the franks are much shorter, far wider than tall.
Other information about the stamp is unknown at present.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpguncertain










GROUP PV: Designs used by public self-service vending machine metersEdit



Italy stamp type PV01.jpg


PV0.1. Probably O.M.T. (MV), 1956. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare, value unknown]

A coin-operated franker was in use at the First European Community Exhibition of Postal Mechanization held in Rome, 29 October to 11 November 1956.
The stamp was vended in a single value, 20 lira, and was without date or town mark.
Although franked cards and envelopes could be taken away most were deposited in the mailbox near the machine and received the postmark shown in the scan.
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg20






Italy stamp type PV1.jpg


PV1. O.M.T. “Posto Automatico” (MV), 1956. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Three, possibly four machines were used in Rome from 1956 to the mid-1960s.
The frank is similar to those of Group C and is most easily distinguished by “POSTO AUTOMATICO” at the top of the town mark.
The machine’s location name is vertical between the TM and frank: ROMA PRATI, PIAZZA S. SILVESTRO, and PIAZZA CINQUE-CENTO.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 , MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00 , MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (from 5 to at least 125 in increments of 5)
a. Test impression from 1965 with frank die vertical reading down rather than horizontal. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]




Italy stamp type PV2.jpg

PV2. O.M.T. (MV), 1978. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]

Experimental coin-operated machine used for registered mail.
Frank similar to Group D dies.
Wide spacing with very large town mark (32mm).
Large “R” and box in center for registration information with “MATR. No.(number)” above.
Eight or possibly ten machines were in use for a few months in 1978 and 1979.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (?00)




Italy stamp type PV3.jpg


PV3. Wincor Nixdorf "ProPostal" (digital), 2005.

Experimental self-service machine trialed at the central post office in Rome for a few months.
Large square 2D digital barcode at right.
At top left are the class of mail above the value figures.
Below that is the date and time in small lettering.
Below that is the post office identification in negative characters within a dark stripe.
Printed in black on plain white labels with rounded corners.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgEuro 0.00









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