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LatviaEdit

* Latvia was an independent country until the German occupation of 1941 – 1945 and the Soviet Union occupation which began in 1945. Latvia regained its independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991.

  • The stamps are inscribed “LATVIJA”, “LATVIJAS”, or are without country inscription but have a Latvian town mark.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political period:
A - Period of independence, 1928 – 1942
B - First period of Soviet Union occupation, 1940 - 1941
C - Period of German occupation, 1942 – 1945
D - Second period of Soviet Union occupation, 1945 - 1991
E - Period of independence, 1991 to present




GROUP A: Period of independence, 1928 to World War TwoEdit


Sub-group AA: Upright frank with rounded cornersEdit




AA1. Universal “Midget” (FV-3/-5), 1928. [$50]

Four-line border around value figure in center.
Country name at top, “SANT” at bottom.
Without M#.
Only two machine were placed into use.
TM: BIC with horizontal bar
Values: 2, 6, 7, 10, 15, 20, 30, 35







Sub-group AB: Square frankEdit




AB1. Francotyp “B” (MV), 1928. [$20]

Country name in banner at top.
Flowering plant ornaments at sides.
“SANTIMI” in panel at bottom.
TM: BIC with horizontal bar
V/F: 00
a. Used without TM on business reply card. [Add $100]










Sub-group AC: Horizontal oval frankEdit




AC1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1928. [$25]

Large horizontal oval inscribed “LATVJA” at top and “SANT” at bottom.
Spacing between centers of date and value figures around 60 mm.
Four-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F: 0000 (A) 000 (A) ◆000 (G)







AC2. Francotyp “B” (MV).

As Type AC1 but distance between centers of date and value figures 74-75 mm.
Four-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
Date with stops after D and M.
A. Frank is curved at top and bottom, "SANT." is curved [$50]
B. Frank is flat at top and bottom, "SANT." is straight [$30]
TM: BIC
V/F: 000 (A) 00 (A)
a. Without TM









AC3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

As Type AC2 but spacing between centers of date and value figures is slightly wider at 77-79 mm.
With or without 4-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
Date without stops.
A. Frank is 34-35 mm wide and curved at top and bottom [$30]
B. Frank is 38-39 mm wide and flat at top and bottom [$20]
TM: BIC
V/F: 000 (A,G)











AC4. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1931.

Frank is always flat at top and bottom and always has 5-digit impression counter number.
A. Wide spacing with impression counter number and slogan between TM and frank [$50]
B. Narrow spacing with impression counter number and slogan to the left of the town mark [$250]
TM: BIC
V/F: ★00







AC5. Neopost (LV-6), 1931. [$50]

Without impression counter number.
Value figures only 1- or 2-digit.
TM: BIC
Values: 2, 6, 15, 20, 30



AC6. Safag (MV), 1939. [$200]

Large frank with relatively thin border design.
Spacing between TM and frank narrow.
TM: BIC
V/F: 000

NOTE: Zero cent proofs are more common than postally used examples. Value of a proof is about half that of a postally used example.








GROUP B: First period of Soviet Union occupation, 1940-1941Edit



B1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1941. [$150]

Provisional stamp.
As Type AC3 but country inscription removed from the top of frank, “KAP.” at bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and blank at top, “RIGA” at bottom right
V/F: 000






B2. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1941. [$100]

Provisional stamp.
As Type B1 but with “КОП.” at bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and blank at top, “RIGA” at bottom right
V/F: 000






B3. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$150]

As Type B1 but inscribed “LATVIJAS PSR” at top.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and with “CCCP” and star at top, bilingual town name at bottom
V/F: 000







B4. Francotyp “A” (MV). [$75]

As Type AC1 but inscribed “ПОЧТА ☆ CCCP” at top and “КОП” at bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and with “CCCP” and star at top, bilingual town name at bottom
V/F: probably 0000 or 000









B5. Francotyp “B” (MV). [$75]

As Type AC2B but inscribed “ПОЧТА ☆ CCCP” at top and “КОП” at bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and with “CCCP” and star at top, bilingual town name at bottom
V/F: probably 000 or 00







B6. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$75]

As Type AC3B but inscribed “ПОЧТА ☆ CCCP” at top and “КОП.” at bottom.
Hammer & sickle at both sides of value figures.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and with “CCCP” and star at top, bilingual town name at bottom
V/F: 000 (A,G)





B7. Neopost (LV6). [Exceptionally rare]

As Type AC5 but inscribed “ПОЧТА ☆ CCCP” at top and “КОП.” at bottom.
Hammer & sickle at both sides of value figures.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and with “CCCP” and star at top, bilingual town name at bottom
Values: 15 seen but 2, 6, 20 and 30 may exist





NOTE: Types B4 through B7 have inscriptions identical to those of the USSR. They are cataloged under Latvia because stamps of this oval design were used only in Latvia and not elsewhere in the Soviet Union.








GROUP C: Period of German occupation, 1941-1945Edit



Sub-group CA: Oval frankEdit




CA1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1942. [$50]

Provisional stamp.
As Type AC1 but “SANT” either removed from bottom or partly or fully obliterated.
V/F: 000 (A) ◆000 (G)
a. With just “S” (of ‘SANT’) at bottom







CA2. Francotyp “B” (MV). [$50]

Provisional stamp.
As Type CA1 but with wider spacing, 74-76mm between centers of date and value figures.
Frank is narrower than with CA1.
V/F: 000






CA3. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$75]

Provisional stamp.
As Types CA1 and CA2 but even wider spacing, 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
Frank is wide as with CA1.
TM: BIC
V/F: 000 (A,G)




CA4. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$50]

Provisional stamp.
As Types B1 and B2 but blank at bottom as well as top.
TM: DC with inner circle flattened at top
V/F: 000





CA5. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1942. [$50]

Provisional stamp.
Blank at top, “Rpf” at bottom.
TM: SC with boxed date
V/F: 0000





CA6. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$50]

Provisional stamp.
As Type CA5 but with wider spacing, 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
V/F: 000





CA7. Francotyp “B” (MV). [$75]

Provisional stamp.
As Type CA6 but with “RM” at bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened and blank at top, “RIGA” at bottom right
V/F: 000




CA8. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1943. [$50]

Frank with “LATVIJA” at top, “Rpf” at bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F: 000






CA9. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$75]

Frank with “LATVIJA” at top left, blank at top right and bottom.
TM: DC with inner circle flattened at top
V/F: 000





CA10. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1942. [$75]

As Type AC4B, but with “Rpf” at bottom.
Five-digit impression counter number high left of TM.
TM: BIC
V/F: ✳00







Sub-group CB: Rectangular frankEdit





CB1. Francotyp “A” (MV). [$50]

This is Germany Type F1 but with town mark “RIGA / OSTLAND”.
TM: SC
V/F: 0000









CB2. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$75]

This is Germany Type F3 but with town mark “RIGA”.
TM: DC
V/F: 000 (A,G)










GROUP D: Period of Soviet Union occupation, 1945-1991Edit





D1. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$75]

Identical to Type B6 except for dates of use.
A. Inscription at top 3.5 mm tall
B. Smaller inscription at top, 3 mm tall
TM: DC or DC with inner circle flattened at top
V/F: 000 (A,G)










D2. Francotyp “C” (MV). [$75]

As Type D1 but country inscription at top is straight across.
TM: DC with inner circle flattened at top.
V/F: 000 (A,G)






NOTE: Many other meter stamp types were used in Latvia during the period of Soviet occupation, however, except for the town name, they are indistinguishable from types used throughout the USSR. See UNION OF SOVIET SOCIALIST REPUBLICS for these stamps.





GROUP E: Issues since independence in 1991Edit



Sub-group EA: Provisional issues without identificationEdit




EA1. Perm (MV).

Frank is small, upright rectangle containing only the value figures.
Date at far left without town mark.
Printed in red.
All examples seen have a purple circular hand stamp between the date and value box identifying the mailer.
V/F: 000





EA2. Perm (MV).

Value figures only at left with date at right.
Slogan at center identifies the mailer.
Printed in black.
V/F: 000









Sub-group EB: Frank is upright octagon, town mark, date and value figures horizontalEdit





EB1. Perm (MV).

Frank has small envelope logo at top and “LATVIJAS / PASTS” at bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flattened at top and bottom
V/F: 000







EB2. Perm (MV). [$5]

Frank has three flowers along each side.
“LATVIJAS” at top, and “PASTS” at bottom.
TM: DC with inner circle flattened at top and bottom
V/F: 000








Sub-group EC: Frank is upright octagon, town mark, date and value figures verticalEdit





EC1. Perm (MV).

“LATVIJA” stacked at left and “PASTS” stacked at right.
Blank at top and bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flat at top (left) and bottom (right)
Known printed in red as well as black.
V/F: 000






EC2. Perm (MV).

As Type EB2 with flowers at sides, but with vertical orientation to date and value figures.
TM: DC, inner circle flat at top (left) and bottom (right)
V/F: 000






EC3. Perm (MV). [$5]

“LATVIJA” reading up at left and “PASTS” reading down at right.
“SANT.” at bottom.
TM: DC with inner circle flat at top (left) and bottom (right), or SC
V/F: 000
a. Printed in a color other than black. Blue known. (shown)






EC4. Perm (MV). [$5]

“LATVIJA” stacked at left, “PASTS” stacked at right.
TM: DC, inner circle flat at top (left) and bottom (right)
V/F: 000
a. Printed in a color other than black. Purple known. (shown)







EC5. Perm (MV). [$5]

Similar to Type EC4 but with small circles centered at top and bottom.
TM: DC, inner circle flat at top (left) and bottom (right)
V/F: 000









Sub-group ED: Upright rectangular frankEdit




ED1. Perm (MV).

“LATVIJA” stacked at left and “PASTS” stacked at right.
Blank at top and bottom.
TM, date and value figures vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: 000






ED2. Perm (MV).

Inscribed “LATVIJAS” at top and “PASTS” at bottom.
Blank at sides.
TM, date and value figures vertical.
A. Frank 25 mm wide
B. Narrow frank 22-23 mm wide
TM: SC
V/F: 000

NOTE: The frame lines occasionally appear to be doubled but they are actually a single die line under-inked at the center.







ED3. Francotyp-Postalia “T-1000” (digital).

“LATVIJAS/ PASTS” at top.
Envelope logo at bottom center.
M# flanks the envelope logo with "F" and 2-digit prefix at left (F57, F71, F77, and F79 seen) and the meter number at right.
TM: DC
V/F: 00.00



ED4. Francotyp-Postalia (digital).

Very similar to Type ED3 but the meter number is below the envelope logo rather than at the sides.
The value figures are marginally different from Type ED3, most easily noticed in the zeros which have straighter sides.
The spacing between the TM and frank is slightly narrower than with ED3.
Meter number with "F" below the envelope logo.
TM: DC
V/F: 000.00









Sub-group EE: Horizontal octagonal frank with single-line borderEdit





EE1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV).

“LATVIJAS” at top.
“PASTS” breaks bottom frame line.
Date figures are raised in relation to value figures.
A. Without M#
B. M# with “22-“ prefix low between TM and frank.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000






EE2. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

“LATVIJAS” at top.
“PASTS” at bottom above bottom frame line.
Date and value figures are on the same level.
A. Large frank, 34 mm wide
B. Frank 29-30 mm wide
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000
a. With M# below frank.




EE3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

Envelope logo at top, “LATVIJAS PASTS” at bottom.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋000
a. With raised TM.



EE4. Pitney Bowes “A/B900” (MV).

As Type EE3 but with larger value figures.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: ≋0000








Sub-group EF: Horizontal rectangular frankEdit





EF1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Panel at top contains envelope logo.
LATVIJAS” stacked in left panel and “PASTS” stacked at right.
A. Large frank, 34 mm wide
B. Frank 30-31 mm wide
TM: DC, SC
V/F: 0000
a. M# below frank









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