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International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Libya

LibyaEdit

  • The earliest meter stamp seen is dated 1959.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political conditions:
A - issues of the Kingdom, 1959 to 1969, inscribed “UNITED KINGDOM OF LIBYA” or “KINGDOM OF LIBYA”
B - issues of the Libyan Arab Republic, 1969 to 1977, inscribed “”L.A.R.” or, provisionally, with kingdom era inscription obliterated.
C - issues of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, 1977 to 2011, inscribed “JAMAHIRIYA”, or “SPLAJ”.



GROUP A: Issues of the UNITED KINGDOM OF LIBYA, 1959 to 1969Edit

  • Crown at top of frank


Libya stamp type A1.jpg


A1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1959. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Tall, upright frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight-line inner border.
Inscribed “UNITED KINGDOM/ OF LIBYA” at bottom.
M# with “U” prefix in small boxes in the lower corners.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1962. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Frank not as tall as Type A1.
Country name in banner at bottom.
Small M# with “P.B.” prefix beneath banner at bottom center.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank inscribed “KINGDOM OF LIBYA” in one line at bottom.
M# with “U” prefix breaking frame lines at bottom center.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1966. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Very similar to Type A3 but M# with “P.B.” prefix.
Value figures are of uniform thickness.
TM: DC
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GROUP B: Issues of the LIBYAN ARAB REPUBLIC, 1969 to 1977Edit


Libya stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As type A4, but crown removed from top center, and “KINGDOM OF LIBYA” obliterated at bottom.
M# with P.B.45 seen.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type B2.jpg


B2. Pitney Bowes “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Arabic inscriptions at top and sides, “L.A.R.” at bottom.
M# in Arabic breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type B3.jpg


B3. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Nearly identical to Type B2 but value figures are of uniform thickness.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Hasler “F88” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Horizontal frank with single, straight-line frame.
Large eagle emblem at left of value figures.
Inscribed “L.A.R.” below value figures.
TM: SC
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GROUP C: Issues of the SOCIALIST PEOPLE’S LIBYAN ARAB JAMAHIRYA, 1977 to 2011Edit


Libya stamp type C1.jpg


C1. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1983.

As Type B2 but inscribed “JAMAHIRYA” at bottom.
M# breaks bottom frame lines.
TM: DC
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Libya stamp type C2A.jpg


C2. Steiner-Primavera (MV).

Similar to Type C1 but frank is taller and narrower.
M# is above bottom frame lines.
Very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
A. With Arabic character and number at bottom
B. Blank below "JAMAHIRIYA"
TM: SC
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NOTE: One of these stamps, A or B, was allegedly used by the Central Bank of Libya. It is possible though that they are essays.




Libya stamp type C3.jpg


C3. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV).

Large square frank with straight-line border.
Inscribed “JAMAHIRYA” in panel at bottom.
TM: DC
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NOTE: Only one example seen, and it has the frank frame inverted.




Libya stamp type C4.jpg


C4. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV).

Large square frank with double straight-line frame line with dashed segments inside.
Inscribed “SPLAJ” in bottom panel.
Without meter number.
One seen, without town mark.
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NOTE: The area of Libya called Cyrenaica was occupied by Italy from 1911 to about 1943.

In 1932 a meter was used by the Savings Bank of Bengasi. The meter had an Italian frank with town mark reading “BENGASI/ CIRENAICA”.

See Italy Type A7d for this rare stamp.