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Hong KongEdit

  • The first meters were installed in 1929. All franks are inscribed “HONG KONG”.
  • The stamps are grouped by appearance and usage as follows:
A - British administration, frank with ribbon design on solid background
B - British administration, frank with ribbon design on clear background
C - British administration, date above and meter number below value figures
D - British administration, frank with Greek style outer border
E - British administration, frank with crossed oval pods at sides
F - Chinese administration
PO - Special stamps used only in Post Offices
PD - Special stamps used only for Postage Due
PP - Special stamps used only for Parcel Post
PV - Digital stamps from self-service vending machines



GROUP A: Issued under British administration, frank with ribbon design on solid backgroundEdit

  • Design includes crown.



Sub-group AA: Simulated perforation borderEdit



AA1. Universal “Midget” (FV-3/5), 1929.

“POSTAGE PAID” below crown.
Meter No’s: M1, 3-9, M20 known.
TM: DC
Values:  1¢, 2¢, 3¢ , 4¢, 8¢, 10¢  [$200]
Values:  5¢, 6¢ (M4), 20¢, 25¢  [$300]
Values:  14¢ (M9), $1.25  [$400]

NOTES:

  • 75¢ reported but not seen.
  • Meter number M2 exists as a proof but was not placed into service.


AA2. Neopost (LV-6), 1936.

Similar to Type AA1 but “POSTAGE PAID” below CENTS (CENT).
Meter No’s: N2, N3, N4.
TM: BIC
Values:  1¢, 4¢, 5¢ (N4)  [$150]
Values:  10¢, 25¢  [$200]
Values:  20¢, 50¢, $1 (N2), $2 (N2)  [$500]

NOTE: The 2¢ stamp exists as a proof. It may have seen service but no examples have turned up.



AA3. Neopost (LV-6), 1950.  [$500]

Similar to Type AA2 but Chinese characters in small frame above “POSTAGE PAID”.
One example known with “N” in small box at bottom left and unengraved block at bottom right.
TM: BIC
Values seen:  50¢, $1



AA4. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1946.  [$150]

“POSTAGE PAID” in bottom panel.
“CENTS” below value figures.
Frank 26 x 29 mm.
M# “U1” only.
TM: DC
V/F:   00



AA5. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1946.  [$20]

As Type AA4 but larger frank, 29½ mm square.
M# U2 up.
TM: DC
V/F:    000 (O)  0000   00 (U4)   000 (A) (U10)  00oo
a. With characters “CB74” between TM and frank (U24)
b. "KOWLOON" inverted at bottom of TM (M# 39)  [$75]




AA6. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1957.

As Type AA5 but “$ | ¢” below value figures.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:  000 (U118)  000 (U106)  000oo (U130)  [$20]
V/F:  0000  [$10]



AA7. Universal “Automax” (MV).

Similar to Type AA6 but value figures are smaller and of uniform thickness.
The frank is also smaller at 26 x 28 mm.
M# U150 up.
TM: DC
V/F:  =0.00  =00.00
V/F:  =000 (U169)  [$10]



AA8. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25).  [$25]

Frank similar to Type AA7 but smaller still, 24 x 27 mm.
“POSTAGE PAID” in bottom panel.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “S” prefix, S1-15.
TM: DC
Values:  5¢ to 125¢ in 5c increments






Sub-group AB: Straight line borderEdit




AB1. Neopost “205” (MV).

Small, square frank, 24¼ mm.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F:  0.00  00.00




AB2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV).

Similar to AB1 but larger, 27 x 29 mm.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:  00·00




AB3. Neopost “405/505” (MV), 1972.

Wide frank: 31 x 24 mm.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F:  0000  00·00






GROUP B: Issued under British administration, frank with ribbon design on clear backgroundEdit

  • Design includes crown.



Sub-group BA: Simulated perforation borderEdit



BA1. Pitney Bowes “RF” series (MV).  [$20]

Value box at right with country name at top.
Crown and ribbon ornaments between TM and value box.
M# with “P.B.” prefix below ribbon design.
TM: SC
V/F:   00  000



BA2. Pitney Bowes “5300” series (MV).  [$10]

Wide frank, 34 x 21½ mm, with simulated perforation border, country name with crown at top.
“POSTAGE PAID” above value figures.
Meter number in 300 series with “PB” prefix outside frame between TM and frank.
TM: SC
V/F:  0.00



BA3. Pitney Bowes-GB “5340” and "5357" (MV).

Very similar to Type BA2 but date figures larger and TM always DC.
Ribbon ornaments at sides are wide.
M# 400 up with “PB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:   0.00 (5340 model)   00.oo (5357 model)
a. M# with “U” prefix (U404).  [$5]



BA4. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” series (MV).  [$5]

Similar to Type BA3 but the frank is narrower, and the ribbon ornaments at the sides are much narrower.
M# with “PBH” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:   00.00




BA5. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

Similar to Type BA3 but “POSTAGE PAID” and meter number are at bottom of frank.
M# with “PB” or “P.B.” prefix.
A. Frank 33 mm wide
B. Frank 35 mm wide
TM: DC
V/F:   0.00   00.oo
a. M# very large (PB 5002)





BA6. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV).

As Type BA3 but much taller frank. (See Type BA7.)
M# PBE 0001 through 0299.
TM: DC
V/F:   0.00




BA7. Pitney Bowes-GB “E400” (MV).

Frank is identical to Type BA6 but with embedded zero in the ornament at right of the value figures.
M# PBE 0300 and up.
TM: DC
V/F:   00.0+0



BA8. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” series (MV).

Very similar to Type BA3 but value figures are larger and on same level as date figures.
M# in PB7000 series.
TM: DC
V/F:   00.00



BA9. Pitney Bowes-GB “Paragon” (MV).

Similar to BA7 but the scrolls at the sides are not as wide.
Date with stops.
M# with "PBX" prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:   00.00

NOTE: Although we have seen this stamp only as a Specimen, it was probably placed into service.





Sub-group BB: Straight line borderEdit



BB1. Neopost “205/2205” (MV).

Small, square frank with inner box around value figures.
M# with “N” prefix.
Date figures tall or short.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F:  00.00




BB2. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

As Type BB1 but wider frank.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:   00.00   000.00




BB3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank without inner box around value figures.
M# with “H” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:  00.00  $00.00  000.00  $000.00

NOTE: Size of “$” in the value figures varies.




BB4. Postalia (MV).  [$100]

Very similar to Type BB3 but value figures much narrower and date figures smaller.
M# P101 only.
TM: DC
V/F:   0.00






GROUP C: Issued under British administration. Frank with date above and meter number below value figures.Edit

  • The stamps are applied to gummed labels and never directly on envelopes or covers.
  • Only one meter number seen, “NCR 1”. Used by the manufacturer, the National Cash Register Corporation.
  • Because of overlapping dates, it is possible more than one machine was in operation despite the use of the single meter number.



C1. NCR (MV), 1951.  [$1000]

Frameless design with “HONG KONG” (without crown), with ornaments, below date.
“POST PAID/ VICTORIA/ NCR Meter 1” in rectangular ornamental frame at bottom.
One example known.
V/F:  ⎯ 0.00







C2. NCR (MV), 1951.  [$200]

Frameless design with “HONG KONG” (without crown) in ribbon above “POSTAGE” below date.
“VICTORIA/ NCR Meter 1” in wavy line field at bottom.
V/F:  ⎯ 0.00








C3. NCR (MV), 1953.

Frame with simulated perforation outer border added around frank below date.
Frame is open at the sides for the value line.
Crown present between “HONG” and “KONG”.
A. 1953-1957, with “THE NATIONAL CASH/ REGISTER COMPANY” below the value line.  [$100]
B. 1957-1969, with “THE NATIONAL CASH/ REGISTER CO.(H.K.) LTD.” below the value line.  [$20] (shown)
V/F:  ⎯ 0.00





C4. NCR (MV), 1961.

As Type C3 but frame lines are complete at the sides.
A. 1961-1976, with “THE NATIONAL CASH/ REGISTER CO.(H.K.) LTD.” below the value line.  [$50] (shown)
B. 1977-1978, with “NCR (HONG KONG) LIMITED” below the value line.  [$25]
V/F:  ⎯ 0.00








GROUP D: Issued under British administration, frank with Greek ornamental borderEdit

  • With crown



D1. Postalia (MV), 1955.  [$25]

Frank with country name unframed at top.
Wide spacing containing slogan between TM and frank.
Meter number “P1” only.
TM: DC
V/F:  000








GROUP E: Issued under British administration, frank with crossed oval or seed shaped pods at sidesEdit

  • Frank with crown.




E1. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank with simulated perforation border at top and bottom. M# with “N” prefix below “POSTAGE PAID” at bottom.
A. Meter number centered with “N” at left
B. “N” at left, number at right
TM: DC
V/F:   00.00








GROUP F: Issued under Chinese administration, two Chinese characters for Hong Kong between “HONG” and “KONG”Edit

Sub-group FA: Simulated perforation borderEdit






FA1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5340", "5357" and "6500"(MV).

Wide frank, either 32 or 34mm wide by 23mm tall, with simulated perforation border.
“POSTAGE PAID” below country inscription at top.
Scrolls at sides narrow, 2 mm thick.
M# with “PB” (5340 and 5357 models) or “PBH” (6500 model) prefix, low between TM and frank.
TM: DC
V/F:  $0.00 (from the 5340)  $0.000  $00.00  $00.oo




FA2. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

Similar to Type FA1 but the “POSTAGE PAID inscription is at bottom above the meter number.
The scroll ornaments at the sides are larger, 4mm thick.
M# with “PB” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:  $0.00



FA3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV).

Frank is much taller than Types FA1 and FA2. (See Type FA4.)
The meter number is between "POSTAGE PAID" and the bottom frame line.
M# with "PBE" prefix, numbers 0001-0299.
TM: DC
V/F:  $0.00


FA4. Pitney Bowes “E400” (MV).

Frank is identical to Type FA3 but the meter numbers are different.
A. Meter numbers PBE 0300 and up
B. Meter number with "PBP" prefix
TM: DC
V/F:  $00.00



FA5. Pitney Bowes-GB “A/B900” series (MV).

Similar to Type FA1 but the date and value figures are on the same level.
The scroll ornaments at the sides are narrow.
Value figures are large.
M# with “PB” (A900) or “PBP” (B900) prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:  $00.00


FA6. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank 31 x 21 mm.
M# with “N” prefix breaks bottom frame line.
Date figures widely spaced.
TM: DC
V/F:  $ 00.00



FA7. Pitney Bowes "E700" (digital).

Fairly small frank with no outer frame line below the meter number.
Two columns of numbers left of the town mark.
M# with “PBP60” prefix across the bottom.
TM: SC
V/F:  $00.00



FA8. Pitney Bowes "B700" (digital).

Similar to Type FA7 but the frank and town mark are larger.
With complete bottom border.
Frank is 32 mm wide.
M# with “PBP 85” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:  $00.00


FA9. Pitney Bowes “DM300” (digital).

Very similar to Type FA8 but larger.
Frank is 34 mm wide.
M# with “PBP 62” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:  $00.00



FA10. Neopost “205/2205” (MV).

Small frank slightly taller than wide.
M# with "N" breaks bottom frame line.
A. From the "205 model, with tall date figures
B. From the "2205" model, with short date figures
TM: BIC
V/F:  00·00  00·oo



FA11. Pitney Bowes "DM500/800/1000" (digital).

Similar to Type FA9 but with indentations in the bottom frame line.
With a single column of numbers at left of the town mark.
M# above bottom frame line, 91021-91999 with "PBP" prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:  $ 000.00



FA12. Pitney Bowes "DM100" (digital).

Nearly identical to Type FA11 but the stops in the date are slightly above the bottom of the numbers.
M# with "PBP" prefix, 90101-91000 and 92001-93000.
TM: SC
V/F:  $ 000.00






Sub-group FB: Straight line borderEdit



FB1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank with double straight-line border broken at bottom by the meter number.
M# with “H” prefix.
A. Frank 34 x 23mm (shown)
B. Larger frank, 37 x 26mm
TM: DC
V/F:  $ 00.00  $ 000.00
a. M# with “TMS” prefix



FB2. Neopost "IJ-25/40/50" (digital), 2008.

Similar to FB1 but the value figfures are less narrow.
Smaller date figures below level of the value figures.
M# with "C" prefix breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F:  $000.00






GROUP PO: Special stamps known only from post office counter/window machinesEdit


PO1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).  [$50]

Wide rectangle, 69 x 24 mm with straight line double outer border.
“POSTAGE PAID” at top left, “HONG KONG POST OFFICE” at bottom.
M# with “No.” prefix above “HONG”.
M#s 44 and 45 only seen.
V/F:   00.00



 
PO2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type PO1 but slightly wider at 71 mm.
Meter number either at left above “HONG” or centered.
A. Without transaction number  [$10]
B. With 5- or 6-digit transaction number at far left  [$10] (shown)
C. As B, but transaction number is boxed  [$25]
V/F:  000.00
a. Printed in green, used for collecting Postage Due

NOTE: Stamps of similar design but without “POSTAGE PAID”, with or without handstamped “STAMP DUTY PAID” are provisional revenue stamps, not postage stamps.



 
PO3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to PO2 but with four vertical wavy lines at the sides of the value figures.
A. With unboxed transaction number at far left  [$10]
B. With boxed transaction number at far left (shown)
V/F:  000.00



 
PO4. Hong Kong Post proprietary system (digital), 1995 or earlier.  [$10]

Used on international mail only.
Large, wide label with light blue underprint of diagonal “HONGKONGPOSTOFFICE” in echelon.
Borderless design with “HONG KONG POST OFFICE’ and service indicator at top and various
data imprinted including operator, destination and weight as well as date/time and postage.
A. With "SPEEDPOST" in top line
B. With "PARCEL" in top line
V/F:  HK$000.00



PO5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

As Type PO3 but with Chinese characters at sides of “POSTAGE PAID” and between “HONG KONG” and “POST OFFICE”.
Issued under Chinese administration.
Meter numbers 91, 105, 131, 132, and 135 seen.
A. Without transaction number
B. Boxed transaction number at left (135)
V/F:  000.00
a. Ten cent stamp without date (shown) used to fill a temporary shortage of ten cent adhesive stamps between 10 April and 4 May, 2002. Thirty machines (nos. 65, 67, 69, 70, 72, 75, 78, 80, 89, 92 93, 95, 98, 100, 102, 104, 107, 115, 116, 117 119, 120, 124, 127, 129, 131, 132, 133, 137, 138) were used for this purpose. Stamps purchased by 4 May remained valid for use after that date.



 

PO6. Hong Kong Post proprietary system using an Epson LQ-590 printer(digital), 1997.

Stamp for international mail as Type PO4 but issued under Chinese administration.
Differs mainly from Type PO4 in bilingual (English-Chinese) entries for most of the elements.
Printed on label with horizontal underprint “HONGKONGPOSTOFFICE”.
A. SPEEDPOST
B. PARCEL
C. LOCAL CURRIER POST (omits the "Dest. Country" line)
V/F:  HK$000.00



PO7. Unknown (digital), 2010.

Printed on white self-adhesive label with meter number in off-white at bottom left and stylized bird logo at center right.
The point-of-sale data is printed in black.
A. With "POSTAGE PAID" (English and Chinese) below "HONG KONG".
B. Without "POSTAGE PAID"
V/F:  $0.00
a. Stamp used for registered mail, with registration number added below right of the barcode


NOTES:

  • The image at right has been darkened to show the meter number and bird logo which are all but invisible in the actual stamp unless viewed under UV light.
  • The same white labels are used in self-service vending machines. See Type PV3.



PO8. "Integrated Post Services System" (digital-thermal), 22 September 2014.

Printed on white self-adhesive label with Hong Kong Post logo and batch number visible in UV light, invisible in normal light.
The text is printed in black with format as follows:
* HONG KONG, CHINA at upper right
* 3 letter post office ID, value figures or POSTAGE PAID
* date, weight and 2 letter destination code
* transaction code
* bar code
* identification number
The transaction number above the bar code has a prefix which identifies the mail class. (see below)
A. With value figures (on stamps generated for non-account holders)
B. With "POSTAGE PAID" (on stamps generated for Hong Kong Post account holders) (shown)
V/F:  $0.00  $00.00  $000.00  POSTAGE PAID
Transaction code prefixes:
a.  blank, without transaction code (ordinary surface mail)
b.  Batch (bulk mail)
c.  AA (Recorded delivery)
d.  CP (Parcel post)
e.  DA (Local CourierPost)
f.  EA (Speedpost)
g.  PP (underpaid)
h.  RA (Registered)
j.  VV (Insured)

NOTE: Type PO8 replaces Type PO7. The replacement process started on 22 September 2014 and is expected to be completed by mid-2015.





GROUP PD: Special stamps used only for collecting Postage DueEdit

  • NOTE: See also Type PO2a for a Postage Due stamp.


PD1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 11 January 1954.  [$50]

Similar to Types AA3 and 4 but with "POSTAGE DUE" at bottom and with town mark circle lowered with a transaction number above.
Town mark reads “POSTAGE DUE” at top.
Printed in green.
Without M#.
One machine only.
TM: DC
V/F:  0000



PD2. Universal “Automax” (MV).  [$40]

Wide rectangle with double straight-line border broken at top left by transaction number and bottom left by date.
“POSTAGE DUE” at top right above value figures.
“$ ¢” below value figures.
M#s 20, 24, 25, 28 and 29 seen.
Printed in green.
Converted from Parcel Post machine.
V/F:  =0oo



PD3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).  [$30]

As Type PO2A but with “POSTAGE DUE” at top.
Printed in green.
M#s 50-55 seen.
V/F:  000.00




PD4. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

As Type PO3B but with “POSTAGE DUE” at top.
Printed in green.
M# 121 seen.
V/F:  000.00




PD5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

As Type PO5 but with “POSTAGE DUE” at top.
Printed in green.
A. Without transaction number. M#s 51, 52, 55 seen
B. With boxed transaction number at far left. M# 94 seen
V/F:  000.00



PD6. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV), 1980.  [$30]

This is Type BA4 altered by replacement of “PAID” at bottom with “DUE” and with meter number changed to “P.O.1”.
Printed in green.
One machine only.
TM: DC
V/F:   0.00






GROUP PP: Special stamps used only for Parcel PostEdit


PP1. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV).  [On cover or large piece value is $10, less as loose tape]

Wide rectangle with double straight-line border broken at top left by transaction number and bottom left by date.
“PARCEL POST/ PAID” above “HONG KONG” at left.
Meter number at top center preceded by “No”.
Inner frame with “ $ | ¢ ” both above and below the value figures.
Printed on yellow adhesive labels.
V/F:  0000




PP2. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV).  [On cover or large piece value is $10, less as loose tape]

Similar to Type PP1 but “PARCEL POST” is at top right.
$ ¢ ” below value figures.
Five-digit transaction number at top left.
Upper left frame lines may or may not be present.
Printed on yellow adhesive labels.
A. Frank 66mm wide, no frame lines above and left of the transaction counter number (shown)
B. Frank 73mm wide, no frame lines above the transaction counter number but with frame lines left of the number
V/F:  =0.00  =00.00






GROUP PV: Digital stamps from self-service vending machinesEdit

PV1. Unidentified ["Hong Kong Productivity Council"] (digital/dot matrix), 1994.  [Very scarce, value unknown]

A self-service digital stamp vending machine was trialed in the lobby of the General Post Office starting 9 August 1994.
The stamp is similar to Type PO3 but much wider.
Frank frame printed from a solid die and point-of-sale data applied by dot-matrix printer.
The identifier "GPO-01" is at bottom right.
The point-of-sale data shows a transaction number, the date, and the value figures between two groups of wavy lines.
The experiment was halted after a few months due to frequent mechanical breakdown.
V/F:  $ØØØ.ØØ



PV2. Wang Global (digital/ink jet), 4 May 1998.  [Very scarce, value unknown]

Very similar to Post Office Type PO5 but taller and not as wide.
The value figures are shorter but thicker that with PV1.
The wavy line ornaments at the sides of the value figures are taller and thinner.
The identifier "GPO" is in the center.
As with Type PV1 only a single machine, located in the lobby of the General Post Office, was used.
The trial lasted three months and was terminated on 8 August due to its slowness of operation.
V/F:  $000.00



PV3. "Hong Kong Postal Service Kiosk" (digital), 12 April 2010.

Very similar to Post Office Type PO7 but with different text fonts.
As with PO7, printed on white self-adhesive label with machine number in off-white at bottom left and stylized bird logo at right (barely visible in the illustration).
The Chinese 'POSTAGE PAID' is at upper left rather than below "HONG KONG" as on Type PO7.
The barcode is taller and not quite as wide as on PO7.
Other text differences exist.
All stamps, not just those used for registered mail, have the barcode.
V/F:  $0.00

NOTE: According to the Hong Kong Post Stamps web site (http://www.hongkongpoststamps.com/eng/newsletter/2010/03/20100322c.htm) these stamps are valid only on the date purchased.






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