International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Austria

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AustriaEdit

  • Most meter stamps of the country are inscribed “ÖSTERREICH”. Meters used during the German occupation from 1938 to 1945 had franks indistinguishable from those of Germany and can be identified only by an Austrian town name. After World War 2 several of the German style meters were defaced or altered to remove the Nazi identity, and these, also, can be identified as Austrian only by the town name. Some Post Due stamp types do not contain the country name. These can be identified by the inscription “NACHGEBÜHR” (postage due).
  • The first postage meter was placed into use in 1922. It was a machine locally manufactured by Mr. Max Baum. The Baum machine was not able to adjust to the rapid inflation of 1922-23 and was in use for only a short time only.
  • The stamps are grouped according to appearance and by usage:
A - Small experimental franks without TM
B - Pre-WW2 design, horizontal rectangle with points at the sides
C - German occupation
D - Post war provisional stamps
E - Rectangle with double straight-line frame, inscribed “ÖSTERREICH” at top
F - Rectangle with single straight-line frame
G - Open design without outer frame
H - Rectangle with double straight-line frame, inscribed “ÖSTERREICH” above “EUROCENT”
I - Open design without outer frame, inscribed “ÖSTERREICH” above “EUROCENT”
J - Open design without outer frame. With digital data matrix (2d barcode) as part of the stamp
PO - Special stamps for Post Office window service
PD - Special stamps for Postage Due
PE - Special stamps for Bulk Mail
PV - Digital stamps from self-service vending machines

NOTE: Spacing for Francotyp stamps are measured from the center of the date figures to the center of the value figures. Spacing for all other stamps are measured from the right edge of the town mark to the left edge of the frank.


NOTE: For specialized information about the meter stamps of Austria, see Katalog der osterreichischen Post- und Absenderfreistempel, by Otto Gleixner, 1990, self-published, Emmering, Germany.


GROUP A: Small experimental franks used without town markEdit


A0.1. Max Baum (FV), 1922.  [extremely rare, value unknown]

Small frank, 32 mm wide, with pointed sides inscribed "ÖSTERREICH" at top and "KRONEN" at bottom.
M# repeated four times outside frank in the corners.
M# 1 only. Without TM.
Value:  20

NOTE: This stamp was previously cataloged incorrectly as from a Hasler machine (see Type A1).




A1. Hasler “D106” (FV-8), 1924.

Frank as Type A0.1 but smaller, 29 mm wide.
M# repeated four times outside frank in the corners.
M# 1 only. Without TM.
Values:  1000, 3000  [$50]
Values:  100, 500, 1500  [$100]
 Values:  700, 2400, 5000, 8000  [$200]
 Values:  1200, 2000  [extremely rare, value unknown]

NOTE. This meter as well as the "Max Baum" meter (Type A0.1) were used by the Bank of Vienna.



A2. Franco (FV-9), 1924.

Similar to Type A1, but single meter number below the frank.
Value figures outlined.
M#s 101 – 105
Without TM
Values:  1000, 1500, 3000 Kronen  [$50]
Values:  700, 2400, 4000, 5000 Kronen  [$100]
Value:  8000 Kronen  [$200]
Values:  1, 2, 8, 10, 30, 45 Groschen  [$100]
Values:  7, 15 Groschen  [Extremely rare. Value uncertain]
a. Postage value 28 or 31 groschen (M# 105), printed in red or in blue  [$200]
b. Printed in blue:  45 groschen (M# 104)  [Extremely rare. Value uncertain]

NOTES:

  • The Groschen replaced the Krone (Kronen) in 1925 due to inflation. One hundred Kronen became one Groschen.
  • Meter number 101 was used by the company Heinrich Franck and Sons of Linz. Meters 102 through 105 appear to have been used by various government agencies into 1926. Meter 105 was later used to apply Postage Due charges to court documents for which the recipient was required to pay the postage. (See variety a.)
  • Variety b is known by a single example, a cut-out affixed to a blank post card, and is probably a favor proof or an actual proof. It may not have been used on actual mail, or it may represent another Franco meter diverted for court use.



A3. Hasler (FV-9), 1925.  [Extremely rare, value uncertain]

Small frank enclosed within a single-line rectangle.
"OESTERREICH" in arc at top, value figure circled at center, “GROSCHEN” straight at bottom, all within an inner design of arcs and curves.
Tiny meter number “1” centered below GROSCHEN.
Without TM


NOTES:

  • The machine was capable of printing nine postage values (1, 2, 7, 15, 28, 30, 35, 40, and 80 Groschen), but only three examples are known to survive, one each 1, 15, and 40 Gr.
  • The machine was used by the Bank of Vienna as were Types A0.1 and A1.







GROUP B: Horizontal frank with double straight-line border with points sticking out at the sidesEdit

  • The outer border is thicker than the inner border


B1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1926.

Spacing between center of TM and center of value figures 60 mm.
With 4-digit impression counter number centered or high between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
TM: SC
V/F:   000 (A)




B2. Francotyp “B” (MV).

Spacing between center of TM and center of value figures 74 mm.
With 4-digit impression counter number centered high between TM and frank.
Date with stops after D and M.
TM: SC
V/F:  000 (A)






B3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

Spacing between center of TM and center of value figures 78 mm.
With or without 4-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F:  000 (A,G)   0oo (O)

NOTE: This stamp was used for a short time after WW2 as well as before.





GROUP C: Horizontal Meters used during the German occupation from 1938 to 1945.Edit

  • These stamps have franks identical to those of Germany (with “Deutsche Reichpost”) and can be identified only by the Austrian town name.


C1. Francotyp “A” (MV). (See Germany Type F1.)

Upright frank with single, straight-line outer border and eagle above inner value box.
“Deutsche/ Reichpost” at bottom.
Spacing between center of TM and center of value figures 60 mm.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F:   000 (A)   000 (G)




C2. Francotyp “B” (MV). (See Germany Type F2.)

As Type C1 but spacing 74 mm.
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F:  000 (A,G)





C3. Francotyp “C” (MV). (See Germany Type F3.)

As Type C1 but spacing 78 mm.
TM: SC, DC, BIC
V/F:   00 (A)  000 (A,G)   000 (A)   000 (G)   0oo (O)





C4. Francotyp “D” (MV). (See Germany Type F4.)

As Type C1 but spacing 67 mm.
A. “Deutsche Reichpost”
B. “DEUTSCHE REICHPOST”
TM: SC
V/F:   000 (G)




C5. Postalia (MV). (See Germany Type G1.)

Upright frank with single, straight-line border.
“Deutsche Reichspost” small at top.
Eagle fills the frank with value figures between wing and head.
TM: DC
V/F:  000






GROUP D: Provisional stamps made by altering or re-casting dies used after the German occupationEdit


Sub-group DA: Stamps made from altered diesEdit

NOTES: Some altered stamps show a smear mark where the obliteration occurred. Such stamps are not cataloged separately. Most of Types DA and DB are identical to German stamps from the same period and can be positively identified only by the Austrian town mark.



DA1. Francotyp “A” (MV). Alterations to Type C1:

A. Inscription at bottom removed  [$15]
B. Eagle at top and inscription at bottom removed  [$5]
C. Inner value box only  [$15]
V/F:  000 (G)   000 (A)


DA2. Francotyp “B” (MV).

Alterations to Type C2:
A. Eagle at top obliterated, inscription at bottom removed  [$5]
B. Eagle at top and inscription at bottom removed  [$5]
C. Eagle at top, inscription at bottom, and bottom line of inner value box removed  [$10]
D. Eagle at top, inscription at bottom, and top and bottom lines of inner value box removed  [$7.50]
E. Inner value box only  [$15]
V/F:  000 (A)


DA3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

Alterations to Type C3:
A. Eagle at top and inscription at bottom removed  [$15]
B. Eagle at top, inscription at bottom, and top line of inner value box removed  [$15]
C. Eagle at top, inscription at bottom, and bottom line of inner value box removed  [$15]
D. Top frame line, eagle, and inscription at bottom removed  [$15]
E. Inner value box only  [$10]
V/F:   00 (A)  000 (A,G,O)   000 (G)


DA4. Francotyp “D” (MV).

Alterations to Type C4:
A. Eagle at top and inscription at bottom remove  [$5]
B. Eagle at top, inscription at bottom, and bottom line of inner value box removed  [$15]
C. Eagle at top, inscription at bottom, and top and bottom lines of inner value box removed  [$50]
D. Inner value box only  [$10]
V/F:   000 (G)



DA5. Postalia (MV).  [$15]

As Type C5 but with outer frame line and value figures only.
The eagle and inscription are removed.
TM: DC
V/F:  000






Sub-group DB Stamps altered by removing the frank leaving value figures onlyEdit




DB1. Francotyp “A” (MV).  [$10]

TM: SC, DC
V/F:   000 (A)






DB2. Francotyp “B” (MV).  [$7.50]

V/F:  000 (A)







DB3. Francotyp “C” (MV).  [$7.50]

V/F:  000 (A,G)








DB4. Francotyp “D” (MV).  [$7.50]

V/F:   000 (G)








DB5. Postalia (MV).  [$10]

V/F:  000








Sub-group DC: Provisional stamps made from recast diesEdit





DC1. Francotyp “C” (MV).  [$50]

“ÖSTERREICH” replacing eagle at top and “GROSCHEN”
replacing German inscription at bottom.
TM: DC
V/F:  000 (A)






DC2. Francotyp “C” (MV).  [$150]

“ÖST POST” replacing German inscription at bottom.
TM: DC
V/F:  000 (A)




DC3. Francotyp “D” (MV).  [$50]

“ÖSTERREICH” replacing eagle at top and “GROSCHEN”
replacing German inscription at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F:   000 (G)





DC4. Postalia (MV).  [$50]

Eagle removed and “ÖSTERREICH” replacing German inscription at top.
TM: DC
V/F:  000
a. With small “GROSCHEN” added below value figures  [$65]






GROUP E: Double straight-line border. “ÖSTERREICH” at top and “GROSCHEN” at bottomEdit


E1.1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1946.

Horizontal frank similar to Type B3 but the points
at the sides are in the inner frame line only.
The outer edge of the side frame lines are straight.
TM: BIC, DC
V/F:  000 (A)



E1.2. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1946.

Upright frank with outer frame line heavier than inner line.
Spacing between centers of date and value figures is 60 mm.
With or without impression counter number high between TM and frank. Date without stops.
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F:   000 (A)   000 (G,O)  ,  0oo (O)
a. Post Office stamp used for Bulk Mail, with “BAR BEZAHLT” below TM  [$10]




E1.3. Francotyp “B” (MV).

As Type E1.2 but spacing between centers of date and value figures is 74 mm.
Date with stops after D and M.
TM: SC, BIC, DC
V/F:  000 (A,G,O)




E1.4. Francotyp “C” (MV).

As Type E1.2 but spacing between centers of date and value figures is wider, 76-79 mm.
Date without stops.
TM: SC, DC, BIC
V/F:  000 (A,G,O)  0000 (A)   000 (A)
a. Post Office stamp used for Bulk Mail, with “BAR BEZAHLT” between TM and frank  [$10]
b. One or more value figures very tall (7 mm). V/F: 000 (O) ,  0oo (O). (These are from meters formerly used in Czechoslovakia.)
c. Printed in green



E1.5. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1952.

As Type E1.4 but date with stops.
A. Wide spacing, 77-79 mm
B. Narrow spacing
TM: SC, DC, BIC
V/F:  000 (O)   000 (G,O)
a. TM: SC with expanded bottom containing “SONDERTARIF”. Used for a special mail service in the valley of Klein Walsertal  [$5]
b. Special, extra-wide stamp (spacing 108 mm) used by Austrian Airlines.
c. Printed in green
d. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM




E1.6. Francotyp “D” (MV).

As Type E1.2 but spacing between centers of date and value figures is 67 mm.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F:   000 (A)   000 (G,O)
a. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM  [$10]
b. Postage Due stamp, with boxed slogan “Nachgebür einheben.” between TM and frank. Printed in green.  [$10]



E1.7. Francotyp “A9000” (MV), 1962.

Similar to earlier Francotyp Group E types but date figures are very wide, ~15 mm.
Spacing is narrow.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F:  0000   000   0000
a. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM




E1.8. Francotyp “Cm 7000/ 10000” (MV), 1972.

Similar to Type E3 but value figures are narrow.
TM: SC
V/F:   000 (O)   0000 (O)





E2. Postalia (MV), 1946.

With Postalia’s typical small, narrow value figures.
A. Wide spacing, frank 24 x 32 mm  [$10]
B. Wide spacing, frank 25-26 x 30-31 mm
C. As B, but narrow spacing
D. Narrow spacing, frank nearly square at 25.5 x 26.5 mm
TM: DC, SC, BIC
V/F:  000  0000  00000
a. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM.
b. TM: SC with expanded bottom containing “SONDERTARIF”. Used for a special mail service in the valley of Klein Walsertal.




E3. Frankopost (MV), 1952.  [$10]

Frank is nearly square. Lettering in “ÖSTERREICH” and “GROSCHEN” is distinctive.
Value figures are oval of variable thickness. Date without stops.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank, ~32 mm
B. Medium spacing between TM and frank, ~15-16 mm
TM: SC, BIC
V/F:  00oo  0000




E4.1. Hasler “F66/F88” (MV), 1952.

Similar to previous Group E types but spacing different.
Value figures large, oval.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank, ~36-37 mm
B. Medium spacing between TM and frank,, ~12-13 mm
TM: DC, SC
V/F:  0000   000







E4.2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Spacing 13 mm.
A. Blank between TM and frank
B. Column of horizontal lines between TM and frank
TM: SC, DC (DC is rare)
V/F:  0000  00000
a. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM







E5. 1953, Safag (MV), 1953.  [$10]

Similar to previous Group E types but very wide spacing,
64 mm between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F:  000  0000




E6.1. Satas “RF” (MV), 1954.  [$10]

Wide spacing between TM and frank, ~44 mm.
Date figures tall.
TM: SC with two horizontal lines
V/F:   000




E6.2. Satas “R” (MV), 1961.

Small frank with medium spacing, ~13-15 mm, between TM and frank.
Date figures short.
TM: SC
A. Frank 20 x 23 mm
B. Frank 20 x 25mm
TM: SC
V/F:  000  0000   000  00.oo
a. Post Office stamp, with hour figure (with or without “H”) between TM and frank, and with 4-digit number in bottom of TM. Frank 22 x 24 mm.
b. Post Office stamp as a, but large TM (28 mm) and frank24 x 27-28 mm. Spacing 12 mm.





E7.1. Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-25), 1962.  [$10]

Medium-side spacing. Date figures are short.
TM: SC
Values seen:
Digits all same size, without decimal:  50, 130, 150, 170, 200, 250
Mixed size digits, with decimal:  1.oo, 1.2o, 1.3o, 1.4o, 1.5o, 1.6o, 2.oo



E7.2. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV), 1963.

Medium spacing. Value figures preceded by “=”.
A. Inscriptions large
B. Inscriptions small
TM: DC, SC
V/F:  =0000  =0.ooo



E7.3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV), 1970.

Small frank wider than tall. “GROSCHEN” small and centered to right.
A. Frank 25 x 20-21 mm
B. Frank 27 x 20 mm
TM: SC
V/F:   0000
a. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM



E7.4. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” (MV), 1986.

Similar to Type E7.3 but larger frank with “GROSCHEN” breaking bottom frame lines,
and the value figures are lower than the date figures.
TM: SC
V/F:   0000




E7.5. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV), 1987.

Frank 28 mm square with “GROSCHEN” centered at bottom.
Date and value figures on same level.
A. Blank between TM and frank
B. Column of horizontal lines between TM and frank
TM: SC
V/F:   0000






E7.6. Pitney Bowes-GB “6600” (MV).

Similar to Type E7.5 but date figures slightly smaller, and value figures taller.
TM: SC
V/F:   0000





E7.7. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV).

Similar to Type E7.4 but date and value figures on same level.
A. Blank between TM and frank
B. Column of horizontal lines between TM and frank
TM: SC
V/F:   0000





E8. Neopost “205/2205” (MV), 1964.

Post Office stamp with 4-digit number in bottom of TM.
Very similar to Type E6.2 (Satas) but spacing is narrower, ~ 9 mm, between TM and frank. :Frank ~ 22 x 25.
Date figures tall or short.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F:  0000
a. Without 4-digit number in bottom of TM




E9.1. Frama (MV), 1967.

Spacing medium to narrow.
Value figures thick and heavy.
A. Frank 26 x 31 mm
B. Frank 26 mm square
TM: SC
V/F:  000  0000  00000
a. With column of horizontal dashes left of TM






E9.2. Frama “EPS3000” (MV).

Frank 26 mm square.
Column of horizontal lines outside TM at left.
TM: SC
V/F:  00000






E10. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” (digital).

Frank 24 x 29 mm. Value figures narrow and slightly ragged.
A. Spacing narrow with column of horizontal lines outside TM at left
B. Spacing medium with column of horizontal lines between TM and frank
C. Without column of horizontal lines
D. Blank between TM and frank, column of horizontal lines at far left, left of slogan
TM: SC
V/F:  00000













GROUP F: Single straight-line border. “ÖSTERREICH” at top and “GROSCHEN” at bottomEdit


F1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV), 1970.

Horizontal frank 26 x 22.5 mm.
“GROSCHEN” below country name at top.
TM: SC
V/F:   0000
a. Post Office stamp, with 4-digit number in bottom of TM.




F2. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV), 1993.

Horizontal frank. “GROSCHEN” at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F:   0000






F3. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Upright frank. “GROSCHEN” at bottom.
A. Frank 24 x 26 mm
B. Frank 24 x 28.5 mm
TM: SC
V/F:   0000










GROUP G: Open design without outer frame. “Osterreich" and "Groschen” at topEdit


G1. Pitney Bowes “Easymail” (digital).

“Osterreich” and postal logo across top with “Groschen” below left and M# with “PB” prefix at right.
Through the center are the value figures and the date.
Across the bottom is a series of numbers and the town mark.
Column of horizontal dashes at left.
TM: SL
V/F:  00000






GROUP H: Double straight-line border. Inscribed “ÖSTERREICH” and “€ EUROCENT”Edit



Sub-group HA: "ÖSTERREICH" above "€ EUROCENT", both at topEdit

  • Post horn logo after "ÖSTERREICH"


HA1.1. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000/NEF300” (MV), 2000.

Square frank.
Value figures quite narrow.
Found in both red and blue.
M# with “F” prefix.
V/F:  0000



HA1.2. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” (digital).

Upright frank.
Value figures narrow and tightly spaced.
Spacing from center of date to center of value figures ~ 30/31 mm.
Found only in red.
M# with “F” prefix.
V/F:  0000
a. With horizontal bars column repeated left of the town mark



HA1.3. Francotyp-Postalia “JetMail” (digital).

Square frank with column of horizontal lines between TM and frank.
M# with "F0" or “F1” prefix at bottom of frank.
Found in both red and blue.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000



HA1.4. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” (digital).

Upright frank as Type HA1.2 but the value figures are larger and more oval.
M# with “F” prefix.
Found only in red.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000



HA1.5. Francotyp-Postalia "MyMail" (digital).

Very similar in appearance to Type HA1.3 but with much larger value figures.
Column of dashes between TM and frank.
M# with "F" prefix.
Usually found in blue, but red also known.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000
a. M# with "FX" prefix, identifies a relief machine



HA2. Ascom Hasler “Smile” (MV).

Meter number with “A” prefix.
Column of dashes between TM and frank.
Found in both red and blue.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000  00000



HA3.1. Frama “M/E bzw.100” (MV).

Meter number with “B” prefix.
Column of dashes left of TM.
Value figures tall and thick.
TM: SC
V/F:  000  0000  00000



HA3.2. Frama “EPS” (MV).

M# with “B” prefix.
Value figures widely spaced.
Column of dashes left of TM.
Found only in red.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000



HA3.3. Frama “Sensonic” (digital).

M# with “B” prefix.
Value figures very large.
Column of dashes between TM and frank.
Found only in blue.
V/F:  0000



HA4.1. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

Nearly square frank ~27 x 26 mm.
Inner frame lines broken at top and bottom.
Column of dashes between TM and frank.
Found only in blue.
M# with “P” prefix.
V/F:   000   0000



HA4.2. Pitney Bowes “A900 series” (MV).

Small frank, wider than tall.
Inner frame lines broken at top and bottom.
Column of dashes between TM and frank.
Found in both red and blue.
M# with “P” prefix.
V/F:   0000



HA5.1. Neopost "IJ-25", "IJ35" (digital).

Square frank with wider spacing between the country name at top and the "€ EUROCENT".
Large value figures centered to bottom, and small date figures.
Column of dashes between TM and frank. M# with "N8" prefix.
Found only in blue.
A. M# with "N 81" prefix (IJ-25)
B. M# with "N 84" prefix (IJ-35)
TM: SC, DC (DC is uncommon)
V/F:  0000
a. M# without prefix (870010 seen)



HA5.2. Neopost "IJ-65", "IJ-75" (digital).

Very similar in appearance to Type HA5.1 but the value figures are narrower, and the meter number is much smaller.
Column of dashes between TM and frank.
M# with "N87" prefix.
Found only in blue.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000
a. M# without prefix, 870010 seen





Sub-group HB: "ÖSTERREICH" at top, "€ EUROCENT" at bottomEdit




HB1. Neopost "205", "2205” (MV).

Frank slightly taller than wide.
"ÖSTERREICH" without post horn logo.
A. Tall date figures, with Roman month (205)  [Appears to be scarce]
B. Short date figures, as shown (2205)
TM: SC
V/F:  000








GROUP I: Open design without outer frame. Inscribed “ÖSTERREICH” and “EUROCENT”Edit

  • With Euro sign


I1. Pitney Bowes "DM400c" (digital).

Wide, unframed design with column of dashes at left.
Frank 25 mm tall and 64 mm wide.
Large post horn logo at top right above M# with “P16” prefix and date.
Series of code numbers across bottom left of town name.
Town with or without post code across bottom. Printed in blue.
V/F:  00000



I2. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital).

As Type I1 but frank is wider (69 mm).
M# with "P33" prefix.
Found in both red and blue.
V/F:  00000




I3. Pitney Bowes "PersonalPost" (digital).

As Type I2 but with column of numbers at right of the column of dashes.
The frank is same width as Type I2 but not as tall (20 mm).
M# with "P35" prefix.
Found in both red and blue.
V/F:  0000
a. Town line with crosses (+) or asterisks (*) replacing some or all of the spaces (shown)



I4. Pitney Bowes "DM-300" (digital).

Very similar to Type I2 but with column of numbers at right of the column of dashes.
M# with "P61" or "P62" prefix.
Found only in blue.
V/F:  0000




I5. Pitney Bowes "DM400-1000" (digital).

Nearly identical to Type I1. Most easily identified by the M# prefix and
the shape of the value figures which is more blocky than with Type I1.
M# with "P60", "P80", or "P90" prefix.
Found only in blue.
V/F:  00000








GROUP J: Open design with square digital data matrix (2D barcode)Edit


J1. Francotyp-Postalia "Mymail" and "Ultimail" (digital).

Relatively small design with square data matrix at left.
At center: "Österreich"/ identification data/ date/ meter number.
Column of dashes separates Austria Post logo/ value figures/ and "Euro Cent" at right.
Found only in blue.
A. M# with "F30" prefix (MyMail)
B. M# with "F50" prefix (UltiMail)
V/F:  0000







GROUP K: Straight frame lines at top, right, bottom. Hash marks at leftEdit

  • Value figures at top, new postal logo at bottom: small posthorn + "Post.at"
  • Date above postal logo, expressed as DDMMYYYY without breaks.
  • Small horizontal 2d barcode at right.
  • The stamp types are nearly identical except for the meter number prefix.
  • Normally printed in blue but red is also used. First seen in November 2009.


K1. Francotyp-Postalia "MyMail", "CentorMail", "OptiMail", "UltiMail", "PostBase" (digital).

Barcode matrix is 24 x 9mm in size.
Meter number with "FPF" prefix.
A. FPF2 prefix = MyMail
B. FPF3 prefix = UltiMail
C. FPF4 prefix = Optimail
D. FPF5 prefix = CentorMail
E. FPF6 prefix = PostBase  [R]
F. FPF7 prefix = PostBase Mini
V/F:  00,00
a. With wide barcode and other data at far left, used for registered mail
b. Printed in black. Seen with FPF4 prefix
c. With "FPFX" prefix indicating a relief (loaner) machine  [RR]
d. Top half of stamp printed in color shade different from lower half









K2. Pitney Bowes "DM" series (digital).

Barcode matrix is 25 x 10 mm in size.
Barcode matrix is 24.4 x 10.8 mm in size for the DM500, DM800/825/885, and DM1000.
Meter number with "PB" prefix.
A. PB00069 prefix = DM500, DM800/825/885, and DM1000 models
B. PB00071 prefix = DM300 and DM400 models
C. PB00076 prefix (except PB000762) = DM100i
D. PB000762 and PB00078 prefix = DM50i
V/F:  00,00
a. Printed in red (usually found in blue)
b. With wide barcode and other data at far left, used for registered mail (shown)
c. Without meter number prefix
d. Printed in brown  [R]



K3. Neopost "IS" and "IJ" series (digital).

Barcode matrix is 21 x 9mm in size.
Meter number with "NP" prefix.
A. NP10 prefix = IJ-25
B. NP11 prefix = IS-330 IS-350 models
C. NP12 prefix = IS-420
D. NP13 prefix = IS-440
E. NP14 prefix = IS-480
F. NP15 prefix = IJ-90
V/F:  00,00
a. With wide barcode and other data at far left, used for registered mail (shown)



K4. Frama "Matrix F2/4/6" (digital)

Barcode matrix is 20 x 9mm in size.
Meter number with "FR" prefix. (Model prefix designations are not known.)
V/F:  00,00







GROUP PO: Stamps produced by post office counter/window machines onlyEdit

NOTE: See also types E2a, E4b, E5a/b, E6a, E7a, E12a, E13a/b, E19a, E24a, and F1a for stamps used in Post Offices.



Sub-group PO-A: PO stamps generated by mechanical metersEdit



PO-A1. Camp (MV), 1959.  [$25]

Small upright frank with simulated-perforation outer frame line.
Date line includes hour figure.
Printed on plain, white labels affixed to the mail piece.
TM: BIC
V/F:   000











PO-A2. Francotyp (MV), 1962.  [$250]

Experimental stamp used for registered mail.
Very narrow red frank at right with straight-line town line in black at lower left.
Left of the frank are the registration number and date, also in black.
Printed on a beige-yellow label with large black "R" preprinted at left.
When ejected from the meter the stamp label is attached to a receipt (shown at right) with perforations between.
V/F:   000




PO-A3. Postalia (MV), 1963.

Similar to Type E6D but with “SCHILLING” at bottom of frank.
TM: SC
V/F:  00.00  00000  000.00





PO-A4. Francotyp “D” (MV), 1969.  [$5]

Similar to Type E5 but with single-line outer frame line.
TM with 4-digit number at bottom.
TM; SC
V/F:   000 (O)







Sub-group PO-B: PO stamps generated by digital franking systemsEdit

NOTE: See Type PV1 for a similar looking stamp.



PO-B1. Appears to be Siemens, "OPAL" (~ Open Postal Austomation Solution) (digital-thermal), 1998.

Printed on self-adhesive labels with square corners.
Circular town mark at left, rectangle at center above value figures, vertical barcode at right.
The rectangle contains three lines of text, "BAR FREIGEMACHT / TAXE PERCUE / AUTRICHE" ( 'Postage Paid' in German and French, country name in French)
Four label underprint designs used:



A. Small yellow post horns in alternating rows, post horn with solid outline, 17 horns per row
B. As A but post horns more widely spaced, 14 per row
C. New, open design post horn, printed in orange-yellow
D. As C but printed in yellow
TM: SC with town at top, PO window ID, date-time, post code at bottom
V/F:  00000
NOTE: For registered mail the machine produced a separate registration bar code label. This applies to Type PO-B2 also.



PO-B2. Appears to be Siemens, "OPAL" (digital-thermal), 2004.

As PO-B1 but the rectangle contains four lines of text with country name in German and English at bottom.
The date figures are found with both numeric month (01... 12) and in letters (JAN...DEC).
Two label underprint designs used:
A. Same label as with PO-B1D
B. Glossy plain white label
TM: SC
V/F:  00000
a. Dull gray label paper instead of glossy white (shown at right, bottom)
b. With diagonal square at lower left containing "CO2 NEUTRAL ZUGESTELLT (CO2 neutral delivery), used only on internal Austria mail (shown at right, top)
c. United Nations use, town mark reads "WIEN-VEREINTE NATIONEN"
d. Taller tape with mail class added below the value figures ("PRIORITY" in rectangular frame seen) (shown at right, bottom)
e. Without TM circle or town name





NOTE: The "OPAL" system produced registration labels as well as postage stamps. Two formats have been used. The earlier label (a) was replaced by the later label (b) on 1 January 2013.








GROUP PD: Special stamps for collecting Postage DueEdit

NOTE: See also Type E5b for a Postage Due stamp.



PD1. Hasler “D106” (FV), 1925.  [$100]

Small horizontal rectangle with “ÖSTERREICH” at top and “einzuheben” at bottom.
Large outline value figures and “g” (for groschen) in center.
Without TM. Printed in blue.
Values:  23, 25, 28



PD2. Hasler “D106” (FV), 1927.

As Type PD1 but with straight-line town mark below curved lines added at left.
Printed in blue.
Value:  23 gr  [$100]
Value:  28 gr  [$50]
Value:  43 gr  [$150]




PD3. Franco (FV), 1927.  [$200]

Very similar to Type A2 except with “GROSCHEN” instead of “KRONEN” at bottom.
M# 105 only. Without TM. Known printed in both red and blue.
Values:  28, 31

NOTE: Stamp Type A2a is also printed in blue (M# 104, denomination 45)











PD4. Hasler "F22" (MV), 1928.  [$15]

Frame lines indented near the corners. Inner panels at top, bottom and sides are rounded.
“ÖSTERREICH” at top, “einzuheben” at bottom, “S” at left, “G” at right.
With or without S# between TM and frank.
TM: SL with zigzag pattern above and below. Printed in blue or red.
V/F:   00oo
a. With handstamped "RM  Pf" to indicated denominated in German marks and pfennigs  [Quite rare, value uncertain]




PD5. Hasler "F22" (MV), 1938.  [$150]

As Type PD4 but with side panels containing “S” and “G” removed.
V/F:   00oo






PD6. Hasler "F22" (MV), 1938.  [$50]

As Type PD4 but German occupation design with “Deutsches Reich” at top,
“RM” at left and “Rpf” at right.
V/F:   00oo





PD7. Postalia (MV), 1954.  [$25]

As Type E6C but inscribed “GROSCHEN/ NACHGEBUHR” at bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F:  000





PD8. Postalia (MV), 1957.  [$15]

Horizontal rectangle enclosing entire stamp, including town mark.
At left are the post office identification at top, date in center, and “NACHGEBÜR” at bottom.
At left center are the value figures with “GROSCHEN” below.
Date without stops.
V/F:  000




PD9. Postalia (MV).

As Type PD8 but post office identification is centered at top.
Date with stops.
V/F:  0000  00000




PD10. Postalia (MV).

As Type PD9 but with large “S” (for Schilling) added at left of value figures.
“NACHGEBÜR” is centered at bottom.
V/F:  00.00  000.00






GROUP PE: Special stamps used for Bulk Mail franked at post offices. All include “BAR BEZAHLT”.Edit

* Listed here are Bulk Mail markings applied by postage meter in the Post Office. The Austrian Post Office frequently stamped Bulk Mail with indicia from non-metered high speed marking machines that roughly correspond to permit printers in the U.S. The non-metered stamps are not cataloged here.

NOTE: See also Types E2a and E4d.




PE1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1927.

Spacing between centers of date and center of value figures 60 mm.
Frank horizontal oval with semi-circle extensions in each corner.
With “BAR BEZAHLT” below frank.
Impression counter number between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F:   000 (A)




PE2. Francotyp “B” (MV).  [$50]

As Type PE1 but spacing is 67 mm, a width normally found on the Francotyp "D" model rather than the "B".
Date with stops after D and M.
TM: BIC
V/F:  000 (A)




PE3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

As Type PE1 but spacing is 78 mm.
A. “BAR BEZAHLT” below frank
B. “BAR BEZAHLT” between TM and frank
TM: BIC, SC
V/F:  000 (A)



PE4. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1938.  [$10]

Used during German occupation, 1938-1945.
Frank is horizontal octagon with three layers of inner frame lines.
“DEUTSCHES” at top and “REICH” at bottom.
“BAR BEZAHLT” is below frank.
Spacing between centers of date and value figures 60 mm.
Impression counter number either high or centered between TM and frank.
TM: BIC, SC
V/F:   000 (A)




PE5. Francotyp “C” (MV).  [$5]

As Type PE4 but spacing is 78 mm.
“BAR BEZAHLT” between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F:  000 (A,G)




PE6. Francotyp “D” (MV).  [$10]

As Type PE5 but spacing is 67 mm.
TM: BIC
V/F:   000 (G)
a. Without “BAR BEZAHLT”




PE7. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1950 or earlier.  [$25]

As Type PE4 but blanked out at top and bottom.
Without impression counter number.
“BAR BEZAHLT” below frank.
TM: SC
V/F:   000 (A)



PE8. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1950.  [$5]

As Type PE4 but with “ÖSTERREICH” at top and “GROSCHEN” at bottom.
Without impression counter number.
“BAR BEZAHLT” below frank.
TM: SC
V/F:   000 (A)
a. Without “BAR BEZAHLT”  [$10]






GROUP PV: Digital stamps from self-service vending machinesEdit

* Listed here are vended stamps that must be used on the day they are purchased and cannot be carried away for later use. They are thus more like meter stamps than traditional postage stamps.



PV1. Wincor-Nixdorf (MV), December 2007.

Similar in appearance to Type PO-B2 but instead of a barcode at right it has a column of hash marks in the center.
Printed on plain white labels with rounded corners with machine identification number in the upper left corner.
In December 2007, two machines were installed in post offices in Vienna. At some later point a third and possibly other machines were installed.
Machine ID numbers 1, 2, and 3 seen.
TM: SC
V/F:  0000




PV2. Inform GmbH (digital-thermal), November 2011.

Horizontal label with rounded corners with block of ten vertical bars at top right and column of horizontal lines along right side.
V/F:  0,00








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