International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Great Britain

Great BritainEdit

  • The first meter was used on 23 August 1922.
  • The stamps are mostly printed in red. A few early types have town marks in black. Modern digital stamps are often found in blue rather than red.
  • Meters manufacturers in Great Britain:
Automatic Stamp Selling Machines (aka Wilkinson)
Neopost (Roneo Neopost, Roneo Vickers)
Setright Registers
T.I.M. (Ticket Issuing Machines)
Universal Postal Frankers
Westinghouse-Garrard

The stamps are grouped according to the monogram of the reigning monarch and also according to appearance and use.

  • Machines for private use
A - No monogram, circular frank with squares in corners
B - Upright rectangle with simulated perforation border, monogram of George V
C - As B but monogram of Edward VII
D - As B but monogram of George VI
E - As B but monogram of Elizabeth II
F - Frameless frank with crown at top and floral emblems at sides
G - Frameless frank with large crown at top right and column of horizontal lines at left
H - Rectangular frame with crown and top and with vertical text outside frame lines at left and right
I - Rectangular frame with bar codes at sides
J - MailmarkTM stamps: "Delivered by Royal Mail" at left, 2D barcode in center, mail class in rectangle at right
  • Machines for special uses
PO - Post office window machine stamps
PD - Post office stamps used for postage due
PP - Post office stamps used for parcel post
PV - Special stamp for public vending machines
MM - Special stamps for Military use
RP - Special stamps for railway parcel post


  • Until approximately the 1940s, if a mailer used more then one postage meter, the license numbers were given a letter prefix, “A” for the second machine, “B” for the third and so forth.
  • Prefix letter “X” indicates the meter is a relief or loaner machine that was lent to a mailer while his meter was being services or repaired. “X” varieties are scarce.
  • For specialized information about the meter stamps of Great Britain, see “GB Meter Franking ⎯ History with a Future” by Jack Peach, serialized in Gibbons Stamp Monthly, May-Dec 2001.
  • See also dependencies of Great Britain “GUERNESY”, JERSEY” and “ISLE OF MAN”.



GROUP A: Circular frank with blocks (squares) in all four cornersEdit

* The corner blocks contain the denomination which is also spelled out in the upper half of the circle.

  • A horizontal bar through the center of the frank contains "GREAT (license number) BRITAIN".
  • Five variations of the center bar exist, as pictured.



















A1. Pitney Bowes (FV-1), 23 August 1922.

Frank with wavy lines at sides.
Center bar A, square ends and circular center.
Frank size excluding wavy lines is 25 x 25mm.
License number with or without “A” prefix.
License number varies in size from small san-serif to large with serifs.
Values:      ½, 1½
Values:     
Values:      1, 2, 3½, 4½    [Scarce]
a. Provisional stamp blank in upper semicircle. Values: 1, 2½    [Scarce]
b. As a, 1d value with space at right of the ‘1’, made from altering a 1½d die    [Scarce]
c. With slogan in red printed separately on the front, usually at lower left    [$100]
d. With slogan in color other than red printed on the front (shown)    [$150]
e. With slogan in any color printed on the back    [$150]



A2. Universal Postal Frankers “N.Z.” '(Pre-production model)' (FV-6), 18 October 1922.

  • Frank without wavy lines at the sides. Center bar B (round ends and open at top and with semicircle at bottom).
  • Top portion of frank does not touch center bar. Frank 25 x 25mm. License number 1 only, except for A2D.
  • The "NZ" model is a modification of New Zealand's Automatic Franking Machine Model "D" meter (see New Zealand Type B2) which Universal had purchased the rights to use. The Model D was able to print a frank only, no town mark. The Type A2 sub-types (A through D) reflect Universal's experiments with adding a town mark by use of a separate printer mounted on the mailing machine. To get both the frank and the town mark (with or without slogan) the mail had to be fed through the mailing machine twice, once through the frank printer and then through the town mark printer.


A2A. Black TM: three text lines within five wavy lines printed at a considerable distance left of frank.    [Rare]
Values:      ½, 1, 1½








A2B. Black TM: three text lines and slogan within six wavy lines.
Two slogans were used:
“Stop stamping/ TRY FRANKING”    [$150]
“Don’t Use Stamps/ TRY FRANKING”    [$200]
Values:      ½, 1, 1½
Values:      3, 6, 1/-    [Add $50]










A2C. Red TM: Single circle within six wavy lines 40mm long.    [$300]
With slogan “Don’t use Stamps, GET A FRANKER”.
Value:     






A2D. TM 45mm across comprising 3 text lines within 7 wavy lines, without slogan.
a. Printed by letterpress, not a franking machine    [Rare]
TM black
Licence number 57
Value: 1½
Examples are dated 17 JUN 22
b. Appears to be a demonstration machine    [Very rare]
TM red
Licence number blank
Value: 1½
The value die has differences from the letterpress version, for example the value figures are not cut by the outer circle of the frank.
One Specimen known, dated 4 JUL 22




A3. Universal “N.Z.” (FV-6), 1923.    [$200]

Very similar to Type A2 but the frank is narrower, 22mm wide.
This is the first machine that allowed the frank and town mark to print together in a single pass.
TM: SC in six wavy lines, with slogan (as Type A2C), in red.
Date in one line.
License numbers 1 and 17 known
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½, 3



A4. Universal “N.Z.” (FV-6), 1923. Center bar C, bottom line straight across. Frank size 22 x 25mm.
















A4A. Red or black TM: text in two or three lines amidst six wavy lines.

Values: ½, 1½, 2½
Values:      1    [Scarce]
Values:      3, 4½, 5½, 6, 1/-    [Very scarce]
Values:      2, 3½, 4, 9    [Rare]
Value:       4/-    [$100]
a. Center bar with break at bottom (appears to be caused by damage)
b. With postage meter promotional slogan (as found with Type A2C, or "Note the frank and ask about it")    [Add $50]
c. Relief machine. License number with “X” prefix    [Add $25]




A4B. Black TM: text in two or three lines between single wavy lines at top and bottom    [$200]

Values seen:      ½, 1
a. With slogan (in red)    [Add $100]





A4C. TM: small single circle, in black.

License number 1 only (LEICESTER).
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½    [Very scarce]
Values:      3, 3½, 6, 1/-    [Rare]






A4D. TM with Wembley Exhibition lion within seven horizontal lines.

License numbers 1, 12, X3, and X12 only.
Large date figures.
License number 1 is the only one known used on actual mail. The others are all found (so far) only as specimens.
A. License number 1 with black town mark (13 June to 16 September 1924)    [$250]
B. License number 1 with red town mark (17 September to 1 November 1924)    [$250]
C. License number 12, X3, or X12    [Extremely rare. Meter 12 is known at present by a single example, X3 by three examples. Several impressions of X12 are known but all are in Royal Mail archives.]
Values:      ½, 1, 1½
Values:      2½, 6    [Add $25]
Values:      1/-    [Add $50]

NOTES:

1) The Exhibition was open from 23 April to 1 November 1924 and again from 9 May to 31 October 1925. The dates given for A and B span the known examples. It is possible earlier dates will be found for A. It also seems likely the machine was not in use during the second, 1925, session.
2) All the known examples of X3 and X12 are demonstration specimens dating from the period between the two sessions when the Exhibition was closed.
3) See also Type A7.1.



A4E. TM: DC, BIC or SC, in red.
Values:      ½, 1½, 2½    [Scarce]
Values:      1, 2, 3, 6, 1/-    [Very scarce]
a. TM: BIC
b. TM: SC
c. TM: “EFFICIENCY/ EXHIBITION”, License number “X13”    [Rare]




A5. Universal “HS" and "EH” (FV-1), 1923.

Frank similar to Type A4 but slightly wider, 23½ mm.
Only eight machines were fielded. License numbers are:    1 [very rare], 2 [rare], 3 (used in two locations) [uncommon], 3 [very rare], 3A [common], 4 [scarce], 6 [rare], and X1 [very rare, see b below]
A. Center bar C, open at top, continuous at bottom
B. Center bar D, open at top and bottom
C. Center bar D but the license number is underlined giving the appearance that the bottom line has two small breaks
TM: Red SC within seven wavy lines. Date in two lines.
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½
a. Printed in black (error)    [Only one example known, value uncertain]
b. Relief machine. License number X1    [Very rare]

NOTES:

1) The ½ value from meter 4 has a center bar with bottom line nearly continuous but with a nick out immediately below the license number. Remnants of an underline above the bar are also visible.
2) Catalog values are for examples on cut-outs. Full cover examples are worth more.





A6. Universal “HS” (FV-1), 1923.   [RRRR]

As Type A5B but the top portion of the frank is joined to the center bar with double arcs at the sides.
A. License number 1 (TM with "LONDON" at top and "S.W. 11." at bottom)
B. License number 2 (TM with "WATFORD" at top and an arc at bottom)
TM: SC in seven wavy lines
Value seen:      ½







A7. Universal “Special Midget” (FV-3), 1924.    [$100]

Frank style same as Types A4 and A5.
Small date figures.
TM: DC in six wavy lines, 45mm across.
License number 5 only.
Values:      ½, 1, 1½
a. With slogan “Stamp Your LETTERS/ THIS WAY”. License number 15, found only on proofs.



A7.1. Universal "Special Midget" (LV-3).    [Extremely rare]

Wembley Exhibition town mark as with A4D but from different meter model.
Small date figures rather than large as with Type A4D.
License number 2A only.
Values:      1½ seen (½ and 1 may exist)

NOTE: It is possible this machine was not used to frank actual mail. Only two examples are presently known to exist, both from demonstrations.




A8. Universal “Midget” (FV-3), 1926.

Center bar C.
Normally with top of frank joined to center bar with single arcs at sides. Exceptions are a and b below.
License number with “M” prefix.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½
Values:      2, 3, 4, 4½, 6, 9, 1/-    [Scarce]
a. Top of frank does not touch center bar    [Scarce]
b. Top of frank joins center bar with double arcs    [Scarce]
Upper image shows normal A8 plus A8a. Lower image shows A8b plus normal A8.




A9. Neopost (FV-1, 4), 1925.

Center bar D, open at both top and bottom.
Top of frank joins center bar with double arcs.
License number with “N” below except on variety a.
A. FV-1 machine, 40mm between centers of town mark and frank
B. FV-4 machine, 48mm between centers of town mark and frank
TM: BIC
Values:      ½, 1½, 2½
Values:      1, 2, 3, 6    [Scarce]
Values:      4, 4½, 9    [Very scarce]
Values:        [Rare]
a. License number white in solid rectangle, License number “99”. (This is the first Neopost meter stamp.)    [Rare]
b. Town mark below the frank rather than at left    [Rare]







GROUP B: Upright rectangle with simulated perforation outer frame containing monogram of King George V (GvR)Edit

* “GREAT BRITAIN” in ribbon at top

  • “POST” and “PAID” in ribbons at lower corners above the prefix and license number.
  • Center of frank surrounded by oval of petal-like shapes.




B1. Universal “NZ” (FV-6), 1927.

“NZ” at bottom left, License number at bottom right.
A. TM DC, BIC or nil
B. TM two or three lines between six wavy lines
C. TM SC    [Uncommon]
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 6, 9, 1/-
a. Relief machine. License number with “X” prefix     [Uncommon]













B2. Universal “Special Midget” (FV-3).    [Rare]

“M” prefix at bottom left. Frank 22 x 25mm. License number 5 only.
A. TM: DC between six wavy lines, 45mm wide
B. TM: BIC between six wavy lines, 35mm wide
Value seen:     








B3. Universal “HS” (FV-1).    [$100]

Blank at bottom left.
Frank 22 x 25.
TM: SC in seven wavy lines
Values seen:      ½, 2½





B4. Universal “Midget” (FV-2, 3, 5).

As B2 but TM DC or BIC.
With “M” at bottom left, serif or sanserif.
A. Frank 20 x 24/25 mm
Values:      ½, 1½
Values:      2, 2½, 6
B. Frank 22 x 25 mm
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 6, 9, 1/-
Values:      5, 8, 1/3, 2/6, 5/-
a. “M” at bottom right instead of bottom left



B5. Neopost (FV-1, 4).

With “N” at bottom left. Bottom frame line continuous.
Double straight frame lines inside faux perforation outer line either double or single line. (The inner frame lines are close together and often appear as one line.)
A. FV-1 machine, 40mm between centers of town mark and frank
B. FV-4 machine, 48mm between centers of town mark and frank
TM: BIC, large (23.5mm) or small (21mm) diameter
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½
a. TM below frank
b. TM at right of frank    [Uncommon]
c. Trial machine. License number with “X” prefix
d. TM: DC ("LEYLAND PRESTON LANCS." # A1 seen)









B6. Neopost "2-V, 3-V, 2-VS, 3-VS, 6-VS" (1927 for the 2- and 3-values, 1930 for the 6-VS).

As Type B5 but 43mm between the centers of the town mark and the frank.
Double or single straight frame line/s inside faux perforation outer border.
A. Bottom frame line continuous (models 2-V and 3-V)
B. Bottom frame line with two small breaks below the sides of the value figure (models 2-VS, 3-VS and 6-VS)
TM: BIC, large only (23.5mm in diameter)
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 9, 1/-, 1/3, 2/-
a. TM at right of frank instead of left    [Uncommon]
b. TM blank at bottom

NOTE: Several of the values are scarce and worth a premium to some collectors.





B7. Pitney Bowes “Models A, B and F” (FV-1).

Crown and GvR in center.
License number “PB” can be at either left or right.
Spacing between TM and frank wide (17mm) or narrow (3mm).
TM: DC
A. Wide spacing, 17mm.
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 4, 4½, 5½
B. Narrow spacing, 3mm
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½


a. With slogan applied separately in red, usually on the back of the cover     [$100]
b. With slogan applied separately in violet or green     [$200]
c. TM: SC
d. 1D value with space between the "1" and the "D", converted from a 1½D die
e. Without license number, "PB" at left, blank at right




B8. Pitney Bowes “Model H” (FV-5).

With “H” at bottom left.
Spacing between TM and frank very wide, 27mm.
Value figures variable in height.
TM: BIC or SC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 5½, 6, 9, 1/-
Values:      7, 10    [Uncommon]





B9. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1932.

Value in center, crown and monogram at bottom.
With “U” at bottom left.
A. Single line outer frame, 26mm wide
B. Double line outer frame, 25mm wide
TM: DC, BIC
V/F:      0/-½      0/0½      =½d








B10. Pitney Bowes “Model CV” (LV-6).

Value in center, crown and monogram at bottom.
Normally with “P” at bottom left.
TM: DC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 4½, 6
a. “PB” at bottom left, PB2 only







GROUP C: Identical to Group B except with monogram of King Edward VIII (EvIIIR)Edit



C1. Universal “Midget” (FV-2, 3, 5), 1936.

With “M” at bottom left.
TM: BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 6, 9, 1/-





C2. Neopost (FV-1, 4).

With “N” at bottom left. Bottom frame line continuous.
A. FV-1 machine, 40mm between centers of town mark and frank
B. FV-4 machine, 48mm between centers of town mark and frank
TM: BIC
   Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½






C3. Neopost (LV-2, 3, 6).

As Type C2 but 43mm between the centers of the town mark and the frank.
A. Bottom frame line continuous (models 2-V and 3-V)
B. Bottom frame line with two small breaks below the sides of the value figure (models 2-VS, 3-VS and 6-VS)
TM: DC, BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 9, 1/-








C4. Pitney Bowes “Model A” (FV-1).

With “PB” at bottom left.
License number PB57 only.
TM: DC
Values:      ½, 1½





C5. Universal “Multi-Value" (MV).

With “U” at bottom left.
TM: DC
V/F:      0      0/-½      0/0½      =/0½






C6. Pitney Bowes “Model CV” (LV-6).

With “P” at bottom left.
TM: DC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 4½








GROUP D: Identical to Groups B and C except with monogram of King George VI (GviR)Edit



D1. Universal “Midget” (FV-2, 3, 5), 1937.

With “M” at bottom left.
TM: DC, BIC, SC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 6½, 7, 7½, 8, 8½, 9, 10, 1/-





D2. Neopost (FV-1, 4).

With “N” at bottom left. Bottom frame line continuous.
A. FV-1 machine, 40mm between centers of town mark and frank
B. FV-4 machine, 48mm between centers of town mark and frank
TM: BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2½



D3. Neopost (LV-6).

As Type D2 but 43mm between the centers of the town mark and the frank.
Frank 23mm or 25mm wide.
A. Bottom frame line continuous (not shown)
B. Bottom frame line with two small breaks below the sides of the value figure
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 6½, 7, 8, 8½, 9, 10, 11, 1/-, 1/1, 1/2, 1/3,1/6, 2/-, 2/6, 3/-, 4/-
Values:      5/-, 10/-    [Scarce]
a. Military stamp. TM “A.R.C.A.P.O. 413 / US ARMY”    [Scarce]



D4. Pitney Bowes “Model H” (FV-5).

Frank 21 x 24mm or 23 x 25mm.
With “H” at bottom left.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4½, 5½, 6, 9




D5. Pitney Bowes “Models A, B, F” (FV-1).

Frank with nine or ten petals at each side.
Double or single line bottom frame line.
With “PB” at bottom left.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing
TM: DC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 5½, 6½
a. Without license number, blank at right    [Scarce]
b. TM: SC (PB50)    [Scarce]





D6. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV).

With “U, UA, UB… UF” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
V/F:      0/1½      0/0½      =/0½      =½D
a. Used by His Majesty’s Foreign Service, with “F.S.” at bottom of TM




D7. Pitney Bowes “CV” (LV-6).

With “P” at bottom left.
“POST PAID” in small panels above License number and prefix.
Small frank, 22 x 25 mm.
TM: DC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 6




D8. Pitney Bowes “CV” (LV-6).

As with Type D7, “P” at bottom left.
“POST PAID” in arc above postage value.
Frank larger than Type D7, 26-27 x 28-30 mm.
TM: DC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5½, 6, 6½
a. Without license number, blank at bottom right




D9. Universal “NZ” (FV-6).

With “NZ” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 4, 6, 1/-    [Uncommon]
Values:      4½, 8, 1/1, 1/2, 1/4, 1/8    [Scarce]




D10. Universal “Simplex” (LV-13).

Similar to other Group D types except the central area is circular rather than oval.
“POST” and “PAID” near top above value.
With “S, SA, SB…” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½ to 6 in ½d increments





D11. Neopost “Frankmaster” (MV).    [Scarce]

With “NA” at bottom left.
License number 156 only known.
TM: BIC
V/F:      =0/=(½)








GROUP E: Identical to Groups B, C and D except with monogram of Queen Elizabeth II (EiiR)Edit



E1. Universal “Midget” (FV-2, 3, 5), 1953.

With “M” at bottom left.
TM: BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 6, 8, 1/-





E2. Neopost (LV-6).

Bottom frame line broken in two spots near the center.
Frank 23mm or 25mm wide.
With “N” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 6½, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 1/-, 1/1, 1/3, 1/4, 1/6, 1/8, 1/9, 2/-, 2/6, 3/-, 5/-, 7/6, 10/-, 20/-






E3. Pitney Bowes models “A”, “B”, “F” (FV-1).

Spacing wide or narrow.
With “PB” at bottom left.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing
TM: DC
Values:      1½, 2, 2½, 3








E4. Universal “NZ” (FV-6).

With “NZ” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5½, 6, 8, 9, 1/-    [Uncommon]
Values:      1/4, 1/8    [Scarce]







E5. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV).

With “U, UA, UB…” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
V/F:      0/1½      0/0½      =/0½      =½d
a. Post Office Official Mail, with "F.S." at bottom of the town mark






E6. Pitney Bowes “CV” (LV-6).

With “P”, “PA” or "PC" at bottom left.
TM: DC
Values:      1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5½, 6, 9, 1/-, 1/3, 1/6, 2/6






E7. Universal “Simplex” (LV-13,-24).

With “S, SA, SB…” at bottom left.
TM: DC or BIC
Values:      ½D to 2/1, in ½ or 1D increments






E8. Neopost “Frankmaster” (MV).

With "NA, NB, NC..." at bottom left.
Distance between town mark and frank is variable.
TM: DC or BIC
V/F:      =0/=(½)      =0/0(½)






E9. Universal “Automax” (MV).

With “A, AB, AC…” at bottom left.
V/F:      0/0(½)     =/0(½)








GROUP F: Horizontal frank with no outer frame lineEdit

  • Floral emblems at the sides, crown and “POST PAID” at top
  • "GREAT BRITAIN" in ribbon at bottom above License number.




F1. Neopost (LV-6, 8), 1959.
Licence number with “N” prefix.
TM: BIC
Values:      1½, 2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 7½, 9, 1/-





F2. Pitney Bowes “CV” (LV-6).
Licence number with “P, PA, PC” prefix.
TM: DC
Values:      2, 2½, 3, 4, 4½, 6, 7, 9





F3. Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-13, LV-21).
A. Simplex (LV-13):
Licence number with “S, SA, SB” prefix.
TM: DC, relatively small, with small single line date
Values:      ½D to 6½D in ½D increments
B. Simplex "Major" (LV-21):
Licence number with “ST, SU, SW, SX, SY, SZ” prefix.
TM: DC, relatively small, with small single line date
Values:      ½D to 1/0½D in ½D increments, or 1D to 2/1 in 1D increments
NOTE: Value figures known both in serif font, variable thickness font (at left), and in plain font (at right).




F4. Universal/Pitney Bowes “Multi-Value” (MV).
Licence number with “U, UA, UB…” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      0/0(½)     =/0(½)





F5. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV).
Licence number with “AA, AB, AC…” prefix.
Value figures always and only in plain font.
TM: DC
V/F:      =0/0=      =0/0





F6. Roneo Neopost “Frankmaster” (MV).
Licence number with “NA, NB, NC…” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      =0/0=      =0/0






F7. Roneo Neopost “205” (MV).
Small frank.
Licence number with “J” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F:       ’ 0 –





F8. Roneo Neopost “105” (LV-10).
Licence number with “N” prefix, as with Type F1, but with letter suffix. (F1 has no letter suffix.)
TM: DC
Values:      2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5, 6, 7½, 9, 1/-




F9. Pitney Bowes “5000” series (MV), 1963.
Wide low design.
Licence number with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋ 0/0 =




F10. Pitney Bowes “RT” (MV).
Smaller frank than Type F8.
Licence number with “RT” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      0 / 0=




F11. Roneo Neopost “605” (Postalia “P3” ) (MV), 1966.
Licence number with “TN” prefix.
V/F:      ≋≋0      ≋≋.0      ≋0/0








GROUP G: Horizontal frank, "GREAT BRITAIN" and large crown at topEdit

  • Column of horizontal lines at left
  • "POSTAGE PAID" small at bottom





G1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1967.

License number with “fml” prefix below column of horizontal lines or below “POSTAGE PAID”.
A. Meter number below column of lines
B. Meter number below "POSTAGE PAID"
TM: DC
V/F:      00/0  












GROUP H: Rectangular frank with vertical "GREAT BRITAIN" at left and vertical "POSTAGE PAID" at rightEdit

NOTES:

  • The frank dimensions shown in the descriptions are from the outside of "GREAT BRITAIN" to outside of "POSTAGE PAID" and from the top to bottom frame lines. The License number may extend below the bottom frame line in some cases.
  • Most stamps of this group (and some in earlier groups) have meter/license number suffixes as well as prefixes. The suffixes are a means of extending the range of numbers available. They can also symbolize information such as the year the meter was deployed.



Sub-group HA: Stamps from meters with mechanical (solid) die printing mechanismEdit




HA1. Neopost “105” (LV-6, 8, -10), 1968.

License number with “N” or “NA”, “NB”, “NC” etc. prefix.
TM: BIC
Values:      1½ up in ½ step increments

NOTE: Through acquisition Neopost postage meters became products of Roneo, Roneo Vickers, Roneo Alcatel and Neopost Alcatel. For the sake of simplicity this catalog uses ‘Neopost’ for all of them.





HA2. Neopost “205” and "2205" (MV).

License number with “J”, “JA”, “JB”… , "P", or "2N" prefix.
A. Tall date figures ("205")
B. Short date figures ("2205")    (This was previously cataloged as Type HA18.)
TM: BIC
V/F:      0(½)     0–      00(½)      00–      000
a. With slogan in color other than red





HA3. Neopost “305” (MV).

License number with “N–“, “NA–“, “NB–“, “NC–“… also “PX–“ prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00(½)      000(½)






HA4. Neopost “405/505” (MV).

Frank wider than tall.
License number with “R”, “RD”, “RH”, “RM”, “RN”, “RR” or “RV” prefix.
A. Frank 27-28 x 21-22 mm
B. Frank 31 x 23-24 mm
TM: BIC
V/F:      0(½)      00(½)     000(½)     0000







HA5. Neopost “605” (MV).

License number with “TN” prefix.
V/F:      0(½)     00      .00      000

NOTE: This stamp with “RN” prefix is a specimen.




HA6. Pitney Bowes “CV” (LV-6).

License number with “PB C” prefix followed by 3-digit number and “A”.
A. Small TM, 1-line date
B. Large TM, 2-line date
TM: DC

Values seen:      2½, 3, 3½, 4½, 5




HA7. Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-25).

License number with “P.B.S” prefix.
Frank variable in size from about 23 to 26 mm wide.
TM: DC
Values:      ½ to 12½ in ½ increments




HA8. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV).

License number with “P.B.A” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      0(½)     00(½)     =00(½)






HA9. Pitney Bowes “RF” or “RT” (MV).

License number with “P.B.R” prefix.
A. Large DC TM, ~21 mm with 4 mm spacing between rings.
B. Small DC TM, 19 mm with 2½ mm between rings.
V/F:      0(½)      00(½)









HA10. Pitney Bowes “5000” series (MV).

Value figures are below level of date figures.
A. Narrow frank. License number prefix “P.B.”, “P.B.C”, “P.B.H”, "P.B.J", “P.B.K”, “P.B.M”, “P.B.N” or “P.B.T”
B. Wide frank. License number prefix "P.B.E" or "P.B.V"    (This was previously cataloged as Type HA20.)
TM: DC
V/F:      0(½)     00(½)      000      00      000      00      000







HA11. Hasler “F22” (MV).

License number with “fml” or “FML” prefix.
TM: DC, date with stop centered after the year figures
V/F:      00(½)




NOTE: Type HA12 in the previous version of this catalog is now cataloged as Type HA10A.



HA13. Pitney Bowes “6300” series (MV), 1970.

License number with “P.B.” prefix plus 4-digit number and letter, or with “P.B. D” or “P.B. L” prefix and a 3-digit number and letter.
Date and value figures are on same level.
TM: DC
V/F:      0(½)      00(½)      00(½)      00      000

NOTE: See Type HA24 for a similar stamp.




HA14. Friden "PM4" (MV).

License number with “G” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:      00(½)





HA15. Friden “9222” (MV), 1970.

Very narrow frank.
License number with “G” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:      00(½)





HA16. Hasler “F66” (MV), 1973.

License number with “HAS” and "HGB" prefixes.
A. License number breaks bottom frame line
B. License number above complete bottom frame line
TM: DC, without stop after year.
V/F:      00(½)

NOTE: Type HA16 closely resembles Type HA11 which has a stop centered after the year figures in the date. Type HA16 has no such stop.





HA17. Neopost “105-2” (LV), 1973.

License number with “W” prefix.
TM: DC
Values:      ½ to 10½ in ½ intervals




NOTE: Type HA18 in the previous version of this catalog is now cataloged as Type HA2B.




HA19. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1978.

License number with “HB, HF, HM, HT” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000(½)     00(½)      000      00      000      0000





NOTE: Type HA20 in the previous version of this catalog is now cataloged as Type HA10B.













HA21. Pitney Bowes “6900” series (MV), 1986.

License number with “PBF or PBG” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000
a. Self-service vending machine stamp, with boxed slogan titled “SMART MAIL TRIAL”. Printed in green    [$250]
b. With slogan in color other than red




HA22. Pitney Bowes “A900” and “B900” series (MV), 1991.

License number with “PBC”, “PBW”, or “PB9” prefix followed by 4 or 5-digit number.
TM: DC
V/F:      000





HA23. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV), 1992.

License number with “PBP” or “PBQ” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000






HA24. Pitney Bowes “6600” (MV), 1993.

Similar to Type HA13 but frank is taller than wide.
License number with “PBB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00






HA25. Frama “E3/E4” (MV), 1982.

License number with “MMC”, later “FSC” prefix.
Value figures tall and thick.
TM: DC
V/F:      0.00(½)      000      00.00(½)

NOTE: See Types HA33, HB8, HB9 and HB10 for other stamps with “FSC” prefix.







HA26. Neopost “Electronic” series (MV), 1983.

License number with “1NE, 2NE, 5NE, 6NE, 7NE, 8NE” prefix.
TM: DC with widely spaced date figures
V/F:      00–      00(½)      0.00      000






HA27. Neopost “SM78/SM94” (MV).

License number with “3NE” prefix above broken bottom line.
TM: DC
V/F:      000




HA28. Neopost “9000” (MV), 1988.

License number with “9NE” prefix above broken bottom line.
TM: DC
V/F:      000

NOTE: See Types HA36 and HB2a for stamp with same prefix.






HA29. Francotyp “A9000” (MV), 1969.

License number with “EGS” or “AC.A” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
License number and prefix variable in size from small to quite large.
Value figures large and thick.
Date figures widely spaced.
TM: DC
V/F:      00      00(½)      00–      000








HA30. Postalia “P3” (MV), 1983.

License number with “ENV” prefix.
The bottom frame line is complete
TM: DC
V/F:      .00





HA31. Postalia “MS5” (MV), 1984.

License number with “EMD” prefix.
The bottom frame line is complete.
TM: DC
V/F:      000      0.00      0.00





HA32. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000” (MV), 1986.

License number with “EFS” prefix.
The bottom frame line is complete.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000      000





HA33. Frama “EPS” (MV), 1994.

License number with “FSC” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00

NOTE: See Types HA25, HB8, HB9 and HB10 for other stamps with “FSC” prefix.





HA34. ASCOM Hasler “Smile” (MV), 1995.

License number with “HS” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000





HA35. SECAP “Alpha” and “Minipost” (MV), 1996.

License number with “ASA” or “ASM” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00





HA36. Neopost “SM75/SM85” (MV), 1998.

License number with 9NE 5” prefix.
Bottom frame line is complete.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000







Sub-group HB: Stamps from digital metersEdit



HB1. Ascom Hasler "InteliPost".
Licence number with "A" prefix breaks bottom frame line.
With block of alpha-numeric characters in three lines at lower left of TM. (See also Type HB6)
TM: DC
V/F:      0000





HB2.0. Frama Zero-value impressions

Frama machines may show a line through the value if a zero-value impression is printed.







HB2.1. Frama “Sensonic 2000” (thermal), 1999.
Licence number with “FSC2” or "FSC3" prefix above bottom frame line.
Printed in red or blue.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.00
NOTE: See Types HA25, HA33, HB2.2 and HB2.3 for other stamps with “FSC” prefix.




HB2.2. Frama “Mailspirit” .
Licence number with “FSC7” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000
NOTE: See Types HA25, HA33, HB2.1, and HB2.3 for other stamps with “FSC” prefix.





HB2.3. Frama “OfficeMail” .
Very similar to Type HB2.1 but the frank and town mark are slightly larger.
Licence number with “FSC9” prefix above bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000
NOTE: See Types HA25, HB2.1, and HB2.2 for other stamps with “FSC” prefix.




HB2.4. Frama “Matrix F2/F4/F6” .
Very similar to Type HB2.3 but the value figures are wider.
Licence number with “F1” prefix above bottom frame line.
Printed in red or blue.
A. Value figures wide, with stop:      0000
B. Value figures narrow, without stop:      00.00
TM: DC




HB3.1. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000/T1000S” (thermal), 1992.
Licence number with “T” prefix above bottom frame.
A. Wide spacing between numbers in value figures (T1000S)
B. Narrow spacing in value figures (T1000)
TM: DC
V/F:      0000
a. Printed in blue









HB3.2. Francotyp-Postalia “JetMail”.
Single column of vertical numbers reading up at left of TM.
Licence number with “FJ” prefix above bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000




HB3.3. Francotyp-Postalia "Centormail", “MyMail”, "Ultimail" and “Optimail”.
Similar to Type HB3.2 but the frank is taller and the date figures are slightly more widely spaced.
The vertical numbers at left of the TM are shorter than with Type HB3.2.
Found in blue as well as red.
A. Centormail: “FC” prefix
B. MyMail: “FM” prefix
C. Ultimail: “FU” prefix
D. Optimail: “F04” prefix
E. PostBase: "FP" prefix
TM: DC, nil
V/F:      0000
a. As B, but with "0FM” prefix









HB4.1. Neopost “SM22/26”.
Very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Licence number with “4NE” prefix.
Printed in red only.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋000



HB4.2. Neopost “IS-330/ 350" and "IJ25” series, 2000.
Printed in red by ink-jet method.
Licence number with “N105/ 110/ 112-118” prefix breaking bottom frame line. (The N111 series was not used.)
A. IS-330 series: L# with N105 prefix
B. IJ25 series: L# with N110/ 112/ 113/ 114 prefix
C. IS-350 series: L# with N115/ 116/ 117/ 118 prefix
TM: DC, SC
V/F:      0000
a. Printed in blue by mistake, L# N1153662
b. Error: Used commercially with town mark "NEOPOST SPECIMEN"






HB4.3. Neopost “IJ65/ 75/ 80/ 90/ 110”, 2000.
Similar to Type HAxxx but value figures slightly wider.
Date as “00–00–00” or "00.00.00".
Licence number with “N120/124” prefix
Without bottom frame line.
Printed in red or blue.
A. Pre-production IJ65: one meter only, license number 9NE90001
B. IJ65/ 75 series: L# with N120 prefix, date figures as 00-00-00 (with dashes)
C. As B but date figures as 00.00.00 (with stops)
D. IJ80/ 90/ 110 series: L# with N125 prefix
TM: DC
V/F:      0000
a. Licence number in N124 or N129 series can be from any of the HB4.3 models.



HB4.4. Neopost “IJ65/ 75/ 80/ 90/ 110”, 2000.
Licence number breaks bottom frame line.
Printed only in red.
A. IJ35/45 series: L# with N130/ 131 prefix
B. IJ40/50 series: L# with N135 prefix
C. IS-460 series: L# with N137 prefix
D. IS-420 series: L# with N138 prefix
E. IS-440 series: L# with N139 prefix
TM: DC
V/F:      0000











HB4.5. Neopost "IS-240/ 280/ 480".
Without bottom frame line.
Value figures widely spaced.
Very small date figures slightly above the level of the value figures.
A. IS-480 series: L# with N30 prefix (red or blue)
B. S-240/280 series: L# with N33 prefix (red or blue)
TM: DC
V/F:      0000







HB4.6. Neopost “IS-5000/ 6000”.
Bottom frame line complete.
Very small date figures.
Date and value figures are on the same level
Licence number with “N50” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
Printed only in blue.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000



HB5.0. Pitney Bowes Zero-value impressions

When a zero-value impression is printed on a Pitney Bowes machine, the normal design is replaced by horizontal bars with "INVALID VALUE" at the top.







HB5.1. Pitney Bowes “PostPerfect”, 1995.
Small frank with two columns of stacked numbers left of TM.
Licence number with “PB7” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋000




HB5.2. Pitney Bowes “PersonalPost”, 1998.
Short frank printed by ink jet method which leaves telltale horizontal tracks within the frank.
Two columns of stacked numbers left of TM.
Licence number with “PB2” or "PB4" prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋000      0000




HB5.3. Pitney Bowes “DM200/ 250”, “DM225/ 300”, “DM100i/150i/ 110i”, "DM400C/ 450C/ 475C" , and "DM50/ 55", 2000.
Two columns of stacked numbers left of TM.
Stamps from these models are identical in appearance except for License number prefix.
Licence number prefix breaks bottom frame line.
Known printed in blue as well as red.
A. DM200/ 250 (and possibly DM300C): “PB30/ 31/ 37"
B. DM225/ 300: “PB37” prefix
C. DM100i/ 110i/ 150i: “PB8” prefix
D. DM50/ 55: "PB0" prefix, later "PB33/ 34/ 35..."
E. DM400C/ 450C/ 475C: "PB6" prefix
TM: DC
V/F:      0000
NOTES:
* Meter model names and prefixes change somewhat frequently. The correspondences shown for HB5.3 are educated guesses.
* See also Type HB5.5.














HB5.4. Pitney Bowes “DM-400/ -500”, later "Connect+ 1000".
Very similar to Type HB5.3 but with only one column of stacked numbers left of the TM.
Licence number with “PB50”, “PB52” or "PB550/ 551" prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000


















HB5.5. Pitney Bowes “Connect+ FC” , later "Connect+ 2000".
Identical to type HB5.3 except the machine is capable of printing slogans and other data in multiple colors completely across the top of an envelope.
Two columns of alpha-numeric characters left of the town mark.
Licence number with "PB555/ 556/ 557" prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000




HB5.6. Pitney Bowes “DM160i/ 220i”.
Very similar to Type HB5.3 but the value figures are more widely spaced with zeros that are more squarish than oval.
Meter prefixes PB16 and PB8 seen.
TM: DC
V/F:      0000











HB6. Secap / Pitney Bowes “DP-200/ -400”.
Small frank and short date figures.
Licence number breaks bottom frame line.
With block of alpha-numeric characters in three lines at lower left of TM (found also on Type HB1).
A. Secap DP200: “ST22” prefix
B. Secap DP400: “ST42” prefix
C. Pitney Bowes: “PB1" prefix
TM: DC
V/F:      0000











GROUP I: Frank with vertical bar codes at sidesEdit

  • “Royal Mail” at top, license number at bottom.
  • Without crown, "GREAT BRITAIN" and "POSTAGE PAID".
  • The country name, changed to “United Kingdom”, is in the town mark.




I1.1. Pitney Bowes “A900” series (MV), 1996.

License number with “PBC” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000





I1.2. Pitney Bowes “6900” series (MV).    [Very scarce]

License number with “PBG” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000




I1.3. Pitney Bowes “PostPerfect” (digital).    [Scarce]

License number with “PB7” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000





I2.1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

License number with “AH3” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000





I2.2. Hasler “Mailmaster (104/224)” (MV).    ['Very scarce]

License number with “AH1” prefix.
V/F:      ≋00≋





I3.1. Neopost “5450/5460” (MV).    [Scarce]

License number with “NE5” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000





I3.2. Neopost “EFM7/4000” (MV).    [Scarce]

License number with “NE6” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000





I3.3. Neopost “8050/8060” (MV).    [Scarce]

License number with “NE8” prefix.
V/F:      ≋000





I4.1. Francotyp-Postalia “MS5” (MV).    [Rare]

License number with “FPM” prefix.
V/F:      000





I4.2. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” or "EFS"??? (digital).    [Rare]

License number with “FPE” prefix.
V/F:      0000





I5.1. Frama “EPS” (MV).    [Rare]

License number with “FAE” prefix.
V/F:      00.00








GROUP J: MailmarkTM stamps: "Delivered by Royal Mail" at left, 2D barcode at center, mail class rectangle at rightEdit

  • Mailmark is a trademark of Royal Mail. The Mailmark stamps are replacements for Group HB.
  • Format:
    • At left: Cross-shaped crown+"Royal Mail" logo with "Delivered by" above it on domestic mail, without it on international mail
    • At center: date as 00-00-00 above the value figures and license number above the 2D barcode. International mail has "UK" above the date.
    • At right: an upright rectangle containing the mail class often, but not always, with the weight at bottom
  • The stamps do not include a town mark.
  • The stamps are nearly identical and can be identified most easily by the license number prefix. Because of their identical nature, not all stamp types are illustrated.
  • Classes of mail seen so far:
    • 1 / Letter
    • 2 / Letter
    • 1 / L Letter / (weight)
    • 2 / L Letter / (weight)
    • 1 / Small Parcel
    • 2 / Small Parcel
    • 1 / Medium Parcel
    • 2 / Medium Parcel
    • 1 / Advanced
    • 2 / Advanced
    • 2 / Advanced Letter
    • A / Europe
    • ITS / ROW1, ROW2 or ROW3    [ITS = International Tracked and Signed, ROW = Rest Of World.)
    • the hour of the day (for Special Delivery)
    • (blank) / Surcharge Payment
    • (blank) / Zero Test (identifies a non-postage stamp)






J1.1. Pitney Bowes "DM160i/220i" (digital), 2014.
A. License number with "PB16/17" prefix. Found in red as well as blue.
B. License number with "PB20" prefix. Seven digits in license number.
V/F:      ₤0.00
a. Printed in red







J1.2. Pitney Bowes "Connect+" (digital), 2014.
License number with "PB55" or "PB66" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00
NOTE: The Connect+ model is capable of printing a multi-color slogan across the entire length of the envelope.









J2.1. Frama "Matrix F12..." (digital), 2014.
License number with "FR2" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00





J3.1. Neopost "IS-240/280" (digital), 2014.
License number with "NE6" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00
a. Printed in red





J3.2. Neopost "IS-480" (digital), 2014.
License number with "NE8" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00
a. Printed in red











J3.3. Neopost "IS-5000/6000" (digital), 2014.
License number with "NE9" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00







J4.1. Francotyp-Postalia "PostBase Qi3/4/6/9" (digital), 2014.
License number with "FP611" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00






J4.2. Francotyp-Postalia (Unknown, possibly "PostBase Office" or "PostBase Vision" series) (digital).
License number with "FP911" prefix.
V/F:      ₤0.00








GROUP PC: Digital stamps from PC/internet systemsEdit




PC1. Royal Mail “SmartStamp” , 15 January 2004.

Square 2D barcode at left with value figures and identification code above and the ‘POST BY’ date below.
At center is a large negative letter indicating the class of mail/ “ROYAL MAIL”/ and a postage paid statement.
At right are two vertical bars of uneven widths (a mail class barcode).
Mail classes:
A. “1” (1st class mail)
B. “2” (2nd class mail)
C. “A” (international airmail) (‘Par Avion’ after the postage paid statement.)
D. “SU” (international surface mail)
E. “Royal Mail / specialdelivery”) (This appears in a large box replacing the middle box and bars at right.)
F. “SP” (vertical) (standard parcel)
V/F:      £0.00



a. For use in Wales, with "POST/ BRENHINOL" replacing "ROYAL MAIL"
b. "POST BY THE END OF" instead of "POST BY"
c. Without value figures. The weight (or weight/service) appears where the value figures normally are. (Possibly this is a format used by bulk mailers.)
d. “ROYAL MAIL”/ the postage paid statement/ “SmartStamp.co.uk”.
e. “ROYAL MAIL”/ service/ and the postage paid statement.
f. With "Signed For" postal direction added below the frank. Examples: "Signed For 1st Class", "Int Signed For Small Packets"
g. Value figures and date small
h. 2nd class stamp with 1st class barcode (larger bar at right)


 


NOTE: The SmartStamp on-line postage program was overhauled in August 2006. The update allowed users to add slogans in color. Some minor changes appeared in the frank but they are not consistent. For example, “POST BY” is often larger but is also found in the earlier, small size. The value figures and inscriptions can also vary in size. The frank may be slightly smaller than the first version although this may be due to printer variables rather than software changes.






PC2. Royal Mail “SmartStamp” , 2004.    [Appears to be rare]

As Type PC1 but the mail class indicator is positive and "ROYAL MAIL" is negative at the bottom.
Due to the early date (March 2004) this may be an early experimental or test design.
V/F:      £0.00







PC3. Royal Mail “Click & Drop” (digital), 2017.

Click & Drop is an online system that allows anyone to print postage at home without having to register beforehand. The only requirement is that the franked mail must be dropped at a post office or specially designated post box.
The service offers postage labels for both parcels and letters. Shown here is the top of a large label which was used on a parcel. It is very likely that the labels for letters are smaller and in a different format.
The parcel stamp has the Royal Mail logo at top right and the service indicator at top left. Below this is a band containing the weight, the service indicator repeated, and the value figures. In the bottom section are a 2D barcode field and a tracking barcode.
V/F:      £0.00











PC4. Royal Mail “Click & Drop” (digital).
Similar to type PC3 but with data rearranged.
The parcel stamp has the Royal Mail logo at top right and the service indicator at top left.
Under this is a band containing the service type, parcel type and weight. The next section contains a 2D barcode field and a tracking barcode.
Below this are the recipient and sender's addresses (greyed out and labelled in the examples illustrated)
"A". With "Postage Paid GB" below Royal Mail logo at upper right, and with the postage cost and latest mailing date in the lower panel of the stamp.
"B". For Royal Mail account holders, with "Postage on Account GB" below Royal Mail logo at upper right, no value shown, and with customer data in the lower panel of the stamp.
V/F:      £0.00


















Note: Two versions of the Royal Mail logo exist:


             








GROUP PO: Stamps generated by Post Office counter (window) machinesEdit


Types PO1 and PO2 include a service indicator code. Not all the codes were used by both types. Many did not come into use until after PO1 was retired, and several became obsolete before PO2 was inaugurated. Here is a list of all codes seen or reported:

  • "1ST" (2002) or “1st” (2003) (letter mail weighing up to 60 grams)
  • "1af" ("1st" in Welsh)
  • "1PK" (1st class packet)
  • "1L" (large letter or packet weighing up to 60 grams)
  • "1LL" (replaced "1L" in 2003)
  • "1LG" (replaced "1LL" in 2006)
  • "2ND" (2002) or “2nd” (2003) (letter mail weighing more than 60 grams)
  • "2il" ("2nd" in Welsh)
  • "2L" (large letter or packet weighing more than 60 grams)
  • "2LL" (replaced "2L" in 2003)
  • "2LG" (replaced "2LL" in 2006)
  • "2PK" (2nd class packet)
  • “A” (airmail)
  • “AX” (overseas insured mail)
  • "AAX" (replaced "AX")
  • "FP" (Fully Paid, found on reposted underpaid airmail)
  • "IT". (International Tracking)
  • "ITS" (International Tracking & Signature)
  • "MOR" (Mail order return)
  • “PF” (“parcel force worldwide”, replaced by “PE" and "PS” in July 2002)    [Rare (see NOTE below)]
  • "PE" (International economy parcel)
  • "PS" (International standard parcel)
  • "RPR" (Packet post return)
  • "RSF" (Recorded, signed for)
  • “P” (parcel post, replaced by "SP" in 2005)
  • “SP” (standard parcel)
  • “S” (surface letter mail weighing over ten grams, replaced by "SU")
  • “SU” (international surface mail)
  • “SD” (special delivery)


  • "B" (2002) (British Forces mail)
  • "1B" (British Forces mail, letter mail weighing up to 60 grams)
  • "2B" (British Forces mail, letter mail weighing more than 60 grams)
  • "BL" (British Forces mail, large letter or packet weighing more than 60 grams)
  • "BLL" (replaced "BL" in 2003)
  • "BLG" (replaced "BLL" in 2006)
  • "BF" (British Forces parcel)
  • "BPK" (British Forces packet)
  • "FF" (British Forces freepost)


NOTE: "PF" is probably not the only code that is rarely found.






PO1. Horizon (digital), 14 February 2002.

Plain white self-adhesive label with rounded corners and anti-peel slits.
Text applied in black.
Large service indicator code at top between horizontal bars.
Below the code are “Royal Mail”/ ”POSTAGE PAID UK”/ date, value figures, post office ID/ numeric coded data in the form of #-########-#.
A. Inscriptions short and thick (early stamps only)
B. Inscriptions taller and thinner (replaced A starting in 2003)
V/F:      £0.00
a. Label without anti-peel slits (used during experimental period, February to April 2002)    [add $25]
b. For use in Wales, with “Post Brenhinol/TALWYD Y POST DG” (or “Talwyd Y Post DG”) added below “POSTAGE PAID”.
c. As b but misspelled as "Post Brenhino"

NOTE: First day covers are rare because the first day of use was not announced publicly.















PO2.1. Horizon (digital), 2010.

As Type PO1 but the label shows a large version of the Arnold Machin portrait of Queen Elizabeth in gold and white.
With semi-circular anti-peel slits.
A. The die-cut label has simulated perforations
B. Die-cut label with straight edges and rounded corners
C. As A, with "." plus lower case letter after "Royal Mail" and a number added after "POSTAGE PAID UK" (first appearing 29 September 2011)
D. As B, with "." plus lower case letter after "Royal Mail" and a number added after "POSTAGE PAID UK"
Two formats for the date are known: DD/MM/YY and DD-MM-YY.
V/F:      £0.00
a. For use in Wales, with “Post Brenhinol/TALWYD Y POST DG” (or “Talwyd Y Post DG”) added below “POSTAGE PAID”.

NOTE: The added letter and number of sub-type C indicate the service and tax rate applied to the postage.










PO2.2. Horizon (digital), 2010.

As Type PO2.1B but the label is for domestic use only. It does not include "Royal Mail" or "UK".
Left justified at top left:
* The service indicator between two horizontal lines,
* Value figures and weight,
* Destination details (postcode),
* Post Office branch number and date,
* Transaction number (Session ID) and VAT code,
* Another line,
* Unique postage number ("postage recognition number" ?) with "PRN:" prefix.
2D barcode at lower left, service indicator code ("L" - letter, "S" - special delivery) or mail class ("1", "2") at lower right.
V/F:      £0.00





PO3.1. Horizon (digital), 2015.

Label is predominantly white with Machin portrait of Queen Elisabeth II in pale color at upper right.
The stamp is as Type PO2.1D and has the addition of "· SINGLE USE ONLY ·" between two semi-circles at lower right.
Otherwise as Type PO2.1B for international use.
A. The portrait and underprint are printed in beige.
B. The portrait and underprint are printed in gray.
V/F:      £0.00







PO3.2. Horizon (digital), 2015.

Label as with Type PO3.1 but stamp as Type PO2.2.
With "· SINGLE USE ONLY ·" between two semi-circles at lower right
V/F:      £0.00









PO3.3. Horizon, Post&Go Kiosk (digital), 2016.

As Type PO3.2 but the text at top left below the mail class is underlined and in this order:
* date
* weight and value figures
* identification number
At right of the 2D bar code field are various codes between two parallel lines.
V/F:      £0.00








GROUP PD: Special stamps used for Postage DueEdit


PD1. Pitney Bowes “5000” (MV), 1991.    [$250]

Simple square frank with crown at top.
Double circle TM with POSTAGE DUE at bottom.
Special slogan SURCHARGE POSTAGE DUE.
One example known printed in black on green tape
V/F:      ≋000




PD2. Neopost “Electronic” (MV), 1994.    [Rare]

Nearly square frank with TO PAY at top.
With or without special slogan “(town name) SURCHARGE DUTY”.
Printed in green
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋000







GROUP PP: Special stamps used for Parcel PostEdit

NOTE: Catalog values are for loose tapes.



PP1. Ticket-Issue Machines (T.I.M.) (LV-12), 1947.    [Rare]
Produced by two experimental machines:
A. Used at Romford, Essex, from 28 April 1947 to 24 Sep 1948, but withdrawn between 21 Jan 1948 and 15 Mar 1948.
B. Used at Cambridge from 28 April 1947 to 28 Sep 1948, but probably withdrawn for a similar period to the machine at Romford.
Boxed “PARCEL POST” vertical at left.
Values:      6d to 1/5 in 1d increments
a. One example of Type PP1B is known with the boxed "PARCEL POST" printed in black, spaced at a larger than normal distance to the left. This should not be possible based on the design of the machine, so may be a trial with a manually-applied 'PARCEL POST' marking.




PP2. Westinghouse-Garrard Ticket Machines Ltd. (MV), 1947.
From an experimental machine used between Dec 1947 and Nov 1948 at Cambridge and between Feb 1949 and Aug 1950 at Birmingham.
Printed in red on white labels.
A. With “S D” below “POSTAGE” (Cambridge)    [$100]
B. With “PAID” below “POSTAGE” (Birmingham)    [$150]
Values:      1d to 9/11½ in ½d increments







PP3. T.I.M. (LV-12), 1948.
As Type PP1 but “PARCEL POST / PAID” in the box at left, and the crown above value figures is smaller.
Values:      9d to 3/3 in 1d increments
NOTE: Specimens exist. They are printed on pink paper instead of white but otherwise look the same    [Rare]







PP4. Universal “Simplex” (LV-17), 1950.    [Rare]
From two machines used from Sep 1950 at Romford, then from Jan 1952 at Aberdeen and Harrogate.
The machine used at Harrogote was moved to Leith after Feb 1955.
TM: DC at right of frank.
Two stars at far right
Values:      9d to 2/1 in 1d increments





PP5. T.I.M. (LV-12), 1951.    [$50 for verified used example, $20 for unused example]
Special design used at Festival of Britain exhibition in London between May and September 1951.
Similar to Type PP3 but slightly wider and with center section closed at left.
Festival of Britain logo in box at left.
Values:      9d to 3/3 in 1d increments





PP6. Setright Registers Ltd. (LV-22), 1951.    [Scarce]
From two experimental machines used in Birmingham and Cambridge to about 1958.
Design similar to Type PP3 but smaller and without straight inner line in value box.
Boxed “PARCEL POST / PAID” vertical at left
Values:      9d to 2/6 in 1d increments





PP7. Setright Registers Ltd. (MV), 1958.    [$150]
Large Crown at top of value box, and without monogram of monarch at bottom.
With boxed “POSTAGE / PAID” vertical at left.
Larger than Type PP6.
From a trial machine used from Sep 1958 to late 1959.
Values:      1d to 19/11 in 1d increments. Postage values below 1/ are preceded by “=”.





PP8. Setright Registers Ltd. (MV), 1959.
As Type PP7 but with boxed “PARCEL POST / PAID” at left.
Values:      1d to 19/11 in 1d increments. Postage values below 1/ are preceded by “=”.








GROUP RP: Special stamps for Railway Parcel PostEdit




RP1. National Cash Register Company Ltd. “900” (MV), 1925.    [$100]

Used by the London and North Eastern Railway at Ipswich between 1933 and 1934.
Purple impression on orange labels.
Center line printed through a ribbon includes operator’s ID letter, amount paid, sequence number and date.
A. With “PARCEL STAMP” at top (as pictured).      V/F: -0 0-
B. With “Parcel Stamp Label” at top.      V/F: -0.0 o/R








RP2. National Cash Register “1900” (MV), 1933.    [$100]

Used by the London and North Eastern Railway at Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, and Newcastle.
Purple impression on gray green label.
Center line printed through a ribbon includes clerks ID number, amount paid, rate, and sequence number.
V/F:      –0•0








RP3. Westinghouse-Garrard Ticket Machines Ltd. (MV), 1947.    [$100]

From an experimental machine used in 1947 and 1948 at various stations including Harrow, Brighton, Luton, Kings Cross and Slough.
Upright rectangle with outer frame line.
V/F:      0 0 – (double lined numbers)












RP4. National Cash Register “1900” (MV), 1948.    [$100]

Tall stamp used by the London and North Eastern Railway at Kings Cross.
Purple impression on green labels.
Center line as Type RP2
V/F:      0•0












RP5. National Cash Register “100” (MV), 1948.    [$100]

Plain stamp with station name in center and date-rate line at bottom.
Used by the London and North Eastern Railway at Kings Cross and Liverpool.
Purple impression on white with very pale green or pale blue underprinting (“British Railways” diagonally).
Bottom line printed through a ribbon shows date, sequence number, and amount paid.
V/F:      0•0




RP6. T.I.M. (MV), 1951.    [$100]

From an experimental machine used between 1951 and 1952 at Brighton, Southern Region.
Frank has straight-line frame lines segmented into several boxes.
The top of the frank is open at the top above the station name.
Shown vertically at left outside the frame at left are BRITISH RAILWAYS / S REGION / BRIGHTON.
Purple impression on white paper straight at top and bottom, serrated at the sides.
V/F:      (0)0/(0)0 D




RP7. T.I.M. (MV), 1950.    [Rare]

Similar to RP6, this stamp was used when no cash was involved at time of dispatch.
Station name vertical at left.
Without a value line.
Purple impression on white label.


NOTE: The "COND. NO." box at right usually contains a number. Less often are found a dash or "NON / ISSUE".




RP7.1. T.I.M. (MV), 1936.    [$200]

As Types RP6 and RP7 but the outer frame line is unbroken across the top.
Station name vertical at left, L.N.E.R. / IPSWICH.
The top center segment contains only the parcel stamp number, without the station name.
Red impression on tan label.
V/F:      1/-  seen.    (possibly similar to the V/F for RP6)

NOTES: Type RP7.1 preceded Types RP6 and RP7 by nearly 15 years. L.N.E.R. stands for London and North Eastern Railway.






RP8. Westinghouse-Garrard Ticket Machines Ltd. (MV), 1953.    [Scarce]

Town line boxed in center with value line above and serial number and date below.
Purple impression on cream paper.
Separation by two long slits at top and bottom.
V/F:      00 00 (0)0








GROUP MM: Special stamp used for Military mailEdit




MM1. Neopost (LV).    [$300]

Stamp used by British forces in East Africa during World War Two.
This was a Ceylon stamp converted from normal use by removal of “CEYLON” from the upper panel.
Not known used with attached town mark.
Found with double circle hand stamp “E.A. / A.P.O. 58”
Value seen:      20 cents











GROUP PV: Special stamps generated by public, self-service vending machinesEdit

NOTE: See also Type HA21a for a vending machine stamp.



PV1. Wilkinson (Automatic Stamp Selling Machines) (FV-1), 1912.

Circular stamp with “POSTAGE PAID” and crown below value figure.
Used from 25 January to 31 August at G.P.O. London E.C.
A. First day cover    [$125]
B. Printed in red, used on any day other than 25 January    [$175]
C. Printed in maroon or red-brown (found sporadically in late February, consistently in later months)    [$200]
D. Last day cover    [$300]
Value:      1d

NOTE: The Wilkinson machine was promoted in the philatelic press of the day, and several stamp collectors made a point of getting examples on the first day of use. Use of the machine tailed off rapidly thereafter. It was finally removed from service because of lack of use.



PV1.1. Samkyung Hitech "Weigh and Pay” (digital), 25 March 2004.    [Scarce]

The stamp is similar to Post Office stamp Type PO1 but the printed design is nearly square rather than tall like PO1.
The bottom line is in a much smaller font than with PO1.
Several services were available. Those verified are as follows:
A. “1st” (letter mail weighing up to 60 grams)
B. “2nd” (letter mail weighing more than 60 grams)
C. “A” (international air mail)
D. "SU" (international surface mail)
E. "HM" (special rate for mail to British military overseas)
V/F:      £0.00

NOTES:

* Three machines were trialed in Alfreton, Broadgate (London), and Luton.
* They were withdrawn from service after eight months of use, on 20 October, due to slow and awkward operation.



PV2. Pitney Bowes and Fujitsu “Post & Go” (digital), 29 January 2007.

The stamp is nearly identical to Post Office stamp Type PO1 and is most easily identified by the lengthier alpha-numeric code at lower right which has the form of ##X####X-######-##. (or PAG-######-#)???
A full range of services was probably available but only these two are verified:
A. “1st” (letter mail weighing up to 60 grams)
B. “2nd” (letter mail weighing more than 60 grams)
V/F:      £0.00

NOTE: Two kiosks were tested in Birmingham starting on the date indicated. Soon after other kiosks were installed in Birmingham and Belfast and at other locations even later.








PV3. Wincor Nixdorf "Post & Go" (digital), 8 October 2008.

Horizontal label with service indicator at top center above "Royal Mail"
A. Label with smooth edges, replaced by B starting in January 2009
B. Label with simulated perforations at top and bottom
V/F:      £0.00

NOTE: These machines also produced dateless stamps that could be used anytime and anywhere. Such stamps show the Machin profile portrait of the Queen or color illustrations. They are not cataloged here.













PV4. Wincor Nixdorf "Post & Go” (digital), 7 May 2010.

Similar in design to Type PC1 but without the square digital bar code at left.
Both "1st" and "2nd" stamps are found and have different bar configurations at the right.
With or without service indicator added below the value figures.
The stamps are printed on self-adhesive labels with security field at far left.
A. Prototype design printed on label with straight edges and rounded corners and security field that does not touch the left edge of the label, in use for a couple days only at the London 2010 Festival of Stamps exhibition.    [Rare]
B. Standard design printed on label with simulated perforations at top and bottom. The security field varies in density, is wider and touches the edge of the label.
V/F:      £0.00
a. With characters but no date under "Post By" (The font is larger than normal, and the "2" and bars are smaller than normal.)

















GROUP ESY: EssaysEdit

  • Meter stamp essays are experimental designs that were either abandoned or changed in some way before being approved for use. Experimental designs that reach field testing or production intact are known as pre-production proofs.
  • Meter stamp essays are almost universally rare with some being unique and others unknown in collectors' hands.
  • It is likely that more essays were created than are listed here. Most may be lost forever as meter companies went out of business, with their records eventually being lost or destroyed. Others may still exist in company archives or in the memorabilia of active and former employees.
  • Meter stamp proofs are identical to approved, issued stamps. Those generated before the stamp design was released are technically essays but are categorised as pre-production proofs and are not included in the ESY Group. Collectors should be aware of them however, since they are generally quite rare and have significance.



Sub-group ESY-ASM: Automatic Stamping Machine Co. / Automatic Franking Machine Co. (New Zealand)Edit





Sub-group ESY-PB: Pitney BowesEdit





Sub-group ESY-UPF: Universal Postal Frankers Ltd.Edit





Sub-group ESY-JNK: Jenkins & BurghardEdit



ESY-JNK-FV-A. Jenkins & Burghard (FV5), 1924.
Trial machine, not accepted by Post Office.
V/F: ½, 1



Sub-group ESY-NEO: NeopostEdit



ESY-NEO-LF-A. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for "LATE FEE" die to permit mail to be franked after normal business hours then accepted by the Post Office the following day. This frank would have been impressed in addition to the normal postage.
Standard Design A die, but with "Great Britain" and M# replaced by large boxed "LATE FEE".
V/F: 2
Supplied by the engravers, Zang & Co. Ltd., to Neopost between 1st October and 31st December 1925.
NOTE. Black and white scan - original would have been printed in red.


ESY-NEO-LV-A. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines, but fitted to a FV1 machine.
"POST PAID" at top, value repeated at left and right at bottom.
M# "N1" breaks oval below royal cypher.
V/F: 1½
Supplied by the engravers, Arthur Tremayne Ltd., to Neopost on 20th November 1926 with the M# unengraved.
NOTE. Black and white scan - original would have been printed in red.


ESY-NEO-LV-B. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines, but fitted to a FV1 machine.
"POST PAID" at top, value repeated at left and right at bottom.
Large royal cypher without crown.
Solid box for M# breaks oval below royal cypher.
Not known with TM.
V/F: 1½
Supplied by the engravers, Arthur Tremayne Ltd., to Neopost on 20th November 1926.
NOTE. Black and white scan - original would have been printed in red.


ESY-NEO-LV-C. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines, but fitted to a FV1 machine.
Crown above smaller royal cypher, petal-like patterns on either side replaced by a more open design.
M# "N1" breaks oval below royal cypher.
Not known with TM.
V/F: 1½
Supplied by the engravers, Arthur Tremayne Ltd., to Neopost on 20th November 1926.
NOTE. Black and white scan - original would have been printed in red.


ESY-NEO-LV-D. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines, but fitted to a FV1 machine.
"POST PAID" at bottom above value figures.
M# "N1" in oval below royal cypher.
V/F: 1½
Supplied by the engravers, Arthur Tremayne Ltd., to Neopost on 11th December 1926.


ESY-NEO-LV-E. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines, but fitted to a FV1 machine.
Value shown only once, in a box below the royal cypher.
M# "N12" only. The authorities objected to the small size of the M#.
V/F: 1½
NOTE. Black and white scan - original would have been printed in red.


ESY-NEO-LV-F. Neopost (FV1), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines, but fitted to a FV1 machine.
Similar to Type ESY-NEO-LV-E, but the box surrounding the value has been removed.
M# blank.
V/F: 1½
NOTE. Black and white scan - original would have been printed in red.


ESY-NEO-LV-G. Neopost (LV2), 1926.
Proposal for Design B die design for use with the new Neopost Limited Value machines.
Similar to Type ESY-NEO-LV-F, with the addition of the M# in a larger font than used in Type ESY-NEO-LV-E.
This is the design that was finally adopted as Design B, but M# with "N" at right instead of at left.
M# 10N only.
V/F: 1½



Sub-group ESY-FTP: FrancotypEdit






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