International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Lesotho

LesothoEdit

  • Meter stamps first appear in the British colony of Basutoland around 1956. In 1966 the colony gained independence and changed its name to Lesotho.
  • Meter numbers appear on some stamp types and locally assigned License numbers appear on others. In a few cases, both Meter (M#) and License (L#) numbers are present in the same stamp.
  • The stamps are grouped by political inscription:
A - BASUTOLAND
B – LESOTHO
C - KINGDOM OF LESOTHO



GROUP A: Franks containing “BASUTOLAND” and a crownEdit

  • In use from 1956 to about 1966


Lesotho stamp type A1.jpg


A1. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Upright frank with simulated perforation border.
“POSTAGE” and “REVENUE” vertical at left and right of value figures.
Large crown at bottom center.
M# with “S” prefix in small boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg £sd: 1d through 1/-
Decimal: ½ up



Lesotho stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Similar Type A1, but with narrower spacing.
M# with “UA” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg.00




Lesotho stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Neopost “Frankmaster “305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Frank with double straight-line border.
M# with “NB” prefix in lower corners without boxes.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000=








GROUP B: Franks containing “LESOTHO” and a crownEdit

  • * In use from 1966



Sub-group BA: Vertical or square frank with simulated perforation outer borderEdit




Lesotho stamp type BA1.jpg


BA1. Pitney Bowes-GB “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type A1 but with new country name and no crown.
M# with “SB” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ½¢ up




Lesotho stamp type BA2.jpg


BA2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A2 but with new country name and no crown.
M# with “UA” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg.00= (.00½)




Lesotho stamp type BA3.jpg


BA3. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Square frank with simulated perforation border.
“LESOTHO” in top panel. “POSTAGE” and “REVENUE” vertical in side panels.
M# with “UB” prefix in small boxes in bottom corners.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg.00 = MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.oo=




Lesotho stamp type BA4.jpg


BA4. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Rectangular frank with single-line simulated perforation border.
“LESOTHO” at both top and bottom.
“POSTAGE” stacked at both sides.
M# with “MR” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0,00



Lesotho stamp type BA5A.jpg
Lesotho stamp type BA5B.jpg



BA5. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Similar to Type BA4 but with “POSTAGE” and “PAID” vertical at sides.
Frank variable in size from 27-30mm wide and 26-28mm tall.
A. License number with “L”, "LE", or “LP” prefix
B. License number without prefix, repeated in both lower corners
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0,00








Lesotho stamp type BA6.jpg


BA6. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Similar to Type BA5B but thick frame line as a series of semi-circles rather than simulated perforations.
L# 36 seen.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0,00









Sub-group BB: Small, horizontal frank with simulated perforation outer borderEdit



Lesotho stamp type BB1.jpg

BB1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

“LESOTHO” in top panel.
M# with “UB” prefix in small boxes below “LESOTHO”.
“POSTAGE” and “REVENUE” vertical at sides.
Value figures on lower level than date figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00(½)



Lesotho stamp type BB2.jpg


BB2. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank with corner ornaments of parallel angle lines.
TM raised in relation to frank.
L# with “L” prefix below frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0.00




Lesotho stamp type BB3.jpg


BB3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BB2 but L# with “LP” prefix in boxes in lower corners with two parallel lines between.
TM on same level as frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




Lesotho stamp type BB4.jpg


BB4. Satas “Baby” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank with inner straight line border.
Country name boxed.
M# with ”TX” prefix breaks bottom frame lines.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00




Lesotho stamp type BB5.jpg


BB5. Satas “Baby” (MV).

As Type BB4 but country name not boxed, and L# with “LP” prefix added at bottom.
M# with “TX” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00
a. TM inverted, date upright (pictured)









Sub-group BC: Frank with straight outer borderEdit



Lesotho stamp type BC1.jpg


BC1. Neopost “105” (LV-6,-8). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank with single straight-line border and inner box around value figure.
“POSTAGE” and “REVENUE” vertical at sides.
L# with “NB” or “SB” prefix.
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 3, 5¢




Lesotho stamp type BC2.jpg


BC2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV).

Vertical frank with double frame line.
Country name at top, “POSTAGE and “REVENUE” vertical at sides.
L# with “NB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·00=




Lesotho stamp type BC3.jpg

BC3. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Horizontal frank with country name boxed at top and repeated in bottom panel.
Side panels contain stacked “REVENUE” and “POSTAGE”.
L# with “LP” prefix in lower corners.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00




Lesotho stamp type BC4.jpg


BC4. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type BC2 but horizontal format.
L# with “NE” prefix in lower corners.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00




Lesotho stamp type BC5.jpg


BC5. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Horizontal frank with single frame line.
Country name at both top and bottom.
“POSTAGE” and “PAID” vertical at sides.
L# with “L” prefix in lower corners.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0,00







GROUP C: Franks containing “KINGDOM OF LESOTHO”Edit



Lesotho stamp type C1.jpg


C1. Postalia "EFS" (MV).

Large nearly square frank with simulated perforation border.
“POSTAGE PAID” vertical at both sides.
"KINGDOM OF LESOTHO" in one line at both top and bottom.
M# without prefix above bottom inscription.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00








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