International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/China (mainland, ROC & PRC)

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China (mainland, ROC & PRC)[edit]

  • Republic to 1949, People's Republic since 1949.


The first postage meter was placed into use in 1936.
The stamps are grouped according to appearance of the frank:
A - frank with columns at sides
B - large frank with faux-perforation outer frame
C - frameless horizontal design with flying goose
D - vertical design with flying goose above value box
E - horizontal frank with straight line outer frame incorporating town mark
F - small frank with faux-perforation outer frame
G - upright frank with straight line outer frame
H - horizontal frank with straight line outer frame, with separate circular town mark
I - octagonal frank
J - frank of horizontal lines only
PO - Digital stamps from Post Office counter (window) machines, printed on self-adhesive labels
PV - Digital stamps from self-service vending machines, printed on self-adhesive labels
NOTE: Dates on Chinese meter stamps can be confusing. The founding of the Republic of China in 1911 was officially designated Year One in political and business affairs. About half the meter stamps found from 1947 through 1949 show the year of the Republic (36, 37, or 38) instead of a western year date. Since no stamp except Type A1 was issued in the 1930s, any year date starting with a 3 can be assumed safely to be a year of the Republic. Use of the Year of the Republic in meter stamps was abandoned after the ascendancy of the Peoples Republic of China in late 1949.

For specialized information about the meter stamps of China, see The Postage Meter and Postpaid Machine Stamps of China, by Richard Stambaugh, China Stamp Society, USA, 2001.


GROUP A: Early experimental meter stamps with columns at sides[edit]

  • All franks have frames with columns at the sides and a sun emblem at top center. This frame design resembles the Martyrs issue adhesive stamps of 1932-1934.




China stamp type A1.jpg
China stamp type A1 slogan.jpg


A1. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), June 1936. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5000]

Upright frank. Value figures within inner frame line.
M# U1 only used for about one month in a post office in Shanghai.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00(½)

NOTE: This stamp was sometimes used with a "USE PARCEL POST" slogan.




China stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), September 1947. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$3000]

Similar to Type A1 but the frank is wider.
No inner frame line around the value figures.
A small double lined box containing two Chinese characters is below and to the right of the value figures.
A. Characters in small box: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 元 百
B. Characters in small box: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 元 仠
C. Characters in small box: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 元 萬
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



China A3.jpg

A3. Universal "Teltax" (MV), 1947. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

Similar to Type A2 but with dollar sign instead of small box below the value figures.
A fixed zero is incised into the frame at right.
Meter number T1 with "T" at lower left and "1" at lower right.
TM: BIC lowered with 4-digit serial number above
Angular V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000+0



NOTES:

  • See explanation of Year of the Republic dates in the introduction above.
  • The town mark in the illustration is a tracing over a weak original.







GROUP B: Large horizontal frank with faux-perforation outer border and single straight-line inner border[edit]

  • Stamps before 1950 have flying goose logo. Starting in mid-1950 the goose is removed.



Sub-group BA: Republic of China inscription at top left: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg政 郵 華 中[edit]




China stamp type BA1.jpg

BA1. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), July 1948. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$2000]

Meter number with "U" prefix reading up at lower left.
Machine ID number (assigned starting from 1 in each city) horizontal at lower left with "NO." prefix.
Two machines known: Nanking 6 (U10) and Shanghai 4 (U2).
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+00



NOTES:

  • The leftmost digit of the value figures prints an asterisk (MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg) when in the "zero" position. This is not part of the prefix. A number will appear in that space when required. (Note the "5" after the dollar sign in the illustration.) This applies to all Group B stamps.
  • Forgeries of Type BA1 exist.




China BA2.jpg
China BA2VF.jpg
China stamp type BA2K labeled.jpg
China BA2abVF.jpg
China stamp type BA2L labeled.jpg
China stamp type BA2aa.jpg
China stamp type BA2bb labeled.jpg



BA2. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), November 1948.

Similar to Type BA1 but without meter number.
Machine number is present but in Chinese characters only in parenthesis in lower left corner.
A. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 分 (fen, or cent character, gold currency) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1250]
B. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 +圓 (yuan, or dollar character) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1250]
C. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 0圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1750]
D. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 /圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$750]
E. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1500]
F. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 仠/圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1750]
G. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1750]
H. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 萬/圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$600]
I. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1500]
J. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 分/MeterCat solid circle.jpg (fen with dot below, silver currency) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]
K. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 分 (small fen character, silver currency) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]
L. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 厘 (large li character, 1/10 cent) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1500]
M. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 厘 (small li) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1500]


a. As B but with overprint showing the characters for silver and fen above and below the yuan character MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1750]
b. As B but with fen character overprinted on top of the yuan character MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$2000]





NOTES:

  • During a short period when traditional adhesive stamps were not available in Canton post offices meter stamps were sold over the counter to fill the shortage. These stamps have no date in the town mark. Varieties K, L and M are known used this way. (See images K and L above.)
  • Forgeries of sub-type BA2a exist.





China stamp type BA3.jpg


BA3. Universal "Teltax" (MV), 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

As type BA2 but with Angular value figures and with lowered town mark with small date figures.
One machine only, Shanghai 5 (五)
A. V/F: $ MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 圓
B. V/F: $ MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 仠/ 圓
C. V/F: $ MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 萬/ 圓







Sub-group BB: East China inscription at top left:MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 政 郵 東 華[edit]



China BB1.jpg
China stamp type BB1B.jpg



BB1. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), July 1949.

As Type BA2 but with East China inscription.
A. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 元 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$600]
B. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 0元 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$800]
C. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 00 / 元 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$600]
D. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 00 / 圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]











Sub-group BC: Peoples Postal Service (4 characters) or Chinese Peoples Postal Service (6 characters) inscription at top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg政 郵 民 人 ,MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg政 郵 民 人 國 中 , MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgor MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg中 國 人 民 郵 政[edit]



China stamp type BC1.jpg


BC1. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1950.

With 4 character inscription (Peoples Postal Service) at top left, flying goose at upper right.
A. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1500]
B. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 元 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]





China BC2.jpg


BC2. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1950. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$800]

As Type BC1 but with 6 character inscription (MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg政 郵 民 人 國 中MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg) (Chinese Peoples Postal Service) at top left.
With flying goose at upper right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 圓




China stamp type BC3A.jpg
China BC3B.jpg
China BC3D.jpg
China stamp type BC3E.jpg
China stamp type BC3aa.jpg


BC3. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1950.

As Type BC2 but flying goose removed, and Chinese inscription enlarged across top.
A. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 元 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]
B. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 百 元 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]
C. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]
D. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 分 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]
E. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]


a. Portion of goose’s wing remains in upper right corner (shown at right) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$350]
b. TM inverted. One seen, as A, dated 24.1.51 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]




China stamp type BC4.jpg


BC4. Universal "Teltax" (MV), 1951. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]

As Type BC3 but the town mark is lowered, and the date figures are smaller.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 元






China BC5.jpg



BC5. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1951.

As Type BC3 but with star added at upper right.
A. Solid star. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 00 / 圓 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
B. Hollow star. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 分 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$700]
C. Hollow star. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 without suffix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]








China stamp type BC6A.jpg
China stamp type BC6B.jpg



BC6. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1955.

Similar to Type BC3 but frank has characters for Postage Paid (郵 資 已 付 ) stacked at right rather than horizontal at bottom.
The characters across the top are reversed with “中” at left rather than right.
At bottom are the characters for dollar and cent (元 分 ).
A. Hollow star at left MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
B. Without star. Character for 10¢ piece (角) inserted between 元 and 分 at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000








China stamp type BC7.jpg


BC7. Universal "Teltax" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Similar to Type BC6 but the town mark is lowered and the value figures are angular.
Solid star at left of the value figures.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (angular)






China BC8.jpg
China stamp type BC8.jpg


BC8. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1960. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Very rare, value unknown]

As Type BC6 but top inscription reversed with “中” at right rather than left.
Asterisk at left of value figures.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000





China stamp type BC9A.jpg


BC9. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV).

Similar to Type BC6 but with full or partial inner box added around value figures and 元 and 分 characters at bottom.
A. With star in left margin (shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$400]
B. With asterisk in left margin MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
TM: DC, SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000








Sub-group BD: Characters for DOMESTIC POSTAGE PAID at top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 国 内 邮 资 已 付[edit]



China BD1.jpg

BD1. Universal "Multi-Value" (MV), 1958. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

Characters for REGISTERED, 挂 / 号, at left of V/F.
Characters for Wu Han region at bottom: 武 汉 营 申 .
One cover known.
V/F: MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000









GROUP C: Frameless horizontal design with flying goose between town mark and value[edit]


Sub-group CA: Republic of China inscription across top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg政 郵 華 中[edit]



China CA1.jpg
China stamp type CA1.jpg


CA1. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), March 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1200]

Value figures have a dollar sign prefix and the characters for gold yuan as a suffix.
M# "No. 1" only.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$000+ 金 / 圓




China CA2.jpg
China stamp type CA2.jpg

CA2. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), April 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]

Very similar to Type CA1 but the value figures have an asterisk prefix and the characters for 100 yuan as a suffix.
M# "No. 3" only.
A. Value figures with large asterisk prefix. Meter number '3' has flat top.
B. Value figures with small asterisk prefix. Meter number '3' has round top. (pictured)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 百 / 圓




China CA3.jpg
China stamp type CA3.jpg


CA3. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]

As Type CA2 but the meter number and prefix are in Chinese characters.
A. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 百 / 圓
B. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 萬 / 圓









Sub-group CB: East China inscription across top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 政 郵 東 華[edit]



China CB1.jpg
China stamp type CB1.jpg


CB1. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), June 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]

Value figures with asterisk prefix and informal yuan character as suffix.
M# in Chinese.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 元




China stamp type CB2A.jpg
China stamp type CB2.jpg



CB2. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), September 1949.
Similar to Type CB1 but zero over informal yuan suffix.
A. M# "No. 3" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$400]
B. M# in Chinese MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+0 / 元









China stamp type CB3.jpg


CB3. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), March 1950. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]

As Type CB1 but suffix is characters for 100 over informal yuan.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 + 百 / 元







Sub-group CC: Chinese Peoples Postal Service (6 characters) inscription at top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg政 郵 民 人 國 中 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgor MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg中 國 人 民 郵 政[edit]




China stamp type CC1.jpg

CC1. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), April 1950.

The ”中” character is at top right.
Suffix is characters for 100 over informal yuan.
A. M# in Chinese MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]
B. M# “No. 3” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$400]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 百 / 元




China CC2.jpg
China stamp type CC2.jpg


CC2. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), July 1954. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]

As Type CC1 but ”中” is at left (between the goose’s wings).
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000+ 百 / 元
a. TM with Chinese text only






GROUP D: Vertical design with large flying goose above framed value box[edit]

Single circle town mark at left.


Sub-group DA: Republic of China inscription across top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 政 郵 華 中[edit]



China DA1.jpg
China stamp type DA1.jpg

DA1. Hasler "F88" (MV), 1948 or 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

One meter installed in late 1948 or early 1949.
M# "NO. 6" at right of goose.
One example known.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$0.000.000





NOTES:

  • At least four (and possibly five) proofs are known to exist. One dated 30 July 1948 has a Roman numeral month and Western year in the date. The others are dated 30 August 1948 and have a Western numeral month and year (30.8.48). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Value for proof approximately $2000]
  • The used example is a partial imprint on a parcel post document. It shows the year of the Republic rather than a Western year figure (18.2.38 = 18 February 1949).







Sub-group DB: East China inscription across top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 政 郵 東 華[edit]



China DB1.jpg



DB1. Hasler "F88" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

As Type DA1 except for inscription.
Known from proof only. Examples used on mail remain to be found.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$0.000.000










Sub-group DC: Chinese Peoples Postal Service (6 characters) inscription at top:MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 政 郵 民 人 國 中[edit]




China DC1.jpg
China stamp type DC1.jpg


DC1. Hasler "F88" (MV), 1950. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]

As Type DA1 except for inscription.

TM: SC

V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$0.000.000






China stamp type DC2.jpg


DC2. Hasler "F88" (MV), 1951. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]

As Type DC1 but M# in Chinese.
With yuan symbol (¥) replacing dollar sign prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¥0.000.000






China stamp type DC3.jpg


DC3. Hasler "F88" (MV), 1957. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$1000]

Similar to Type DC2 but single straight frame line around value box.
Characters for ‘dollar' | 'dime cent’ (元 | 角 分) added above value box at right.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¥00000.00








GROUP E: Horizontal frank with straight line outer border incorporating the town mark[edit]


China stamp type E1.jpg


E1. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), 1955. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Four machines in Shanghai printed these stamps.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 00









GROUP F: Small horizontal frank with faux-perforation outer border and separate circular town mark[edit]


China stamp type F1.jpg


F1. Pitney Bowes "R" (MV), 1957. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]

One meter used in the Beijing International Post Office printed these stamps.

V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000









GROUP G: Upright to nearly square frank with straight line outer frame[edit]


China stamp type G1A.jpg


G1. Hasler "F88" (MV), 1961.

Two machines in Shanghai produced these stamps.
A. Frank 29 x 31 mm. Inner frame around value figures is complete MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$125]
B. Frank 27 x 31 mm. Inner frame around value figures is open at the sides MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$175]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg000.00



China stamp type G2.jpg


G2. Neopost "205" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

Small square frank with 6-character inscription at top and 4-character inscription at bottom.
Tall date figures.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg·000

NOTE: This stamp is known only by a single example on cover mailed from Shanghai to Singapore in December 1980.








GROUP H: Horizontal frank with straight-line outer border and separate town mark[edit]

Sub-group HA: 6-character inscription across top, and 4-character inscription across bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 中 国 人 民 邮 政 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg/ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg邮 资 已 付[edit]



China HA1.jpg
China HA1a.jpg
China HA1b.jpg

HA1. Hasler "Mailmaster" (MV), 1978.

Frank 30 mm wide with panels at top and bottom.
Yuan symbol, ¥, left of value figures.
A. Frank 26-27 mm tall
B. Frank 28-29 mm tall
C. With ID number at right of value figures, with or without town character above
D. With solid block at right of value figures
E. Empty at right of value figures
TM: DC, SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. With large “2” in heavy frame at right of value figures
b. Yuan symbol (¥) very large, two character town name at right without ID number
c. With slogan
d. Value figures and TM only, no frame. All seen have V/F all zeros and were applied to adhesive stamped mail. Purpose unknown.

NOTES:

  • Examples of these stamps are known without value figures, some with town mark at right.
  • Starting in 1988 China Post issued commemorative covers for special occasions franked with Type HA1 stamps on illustrated tape.


China HA2.jpg


HA2. Hasler "Mailmaster" (MV).

As Type H1A but frank is wider, 33 x 27 mm.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HA3.jpg


HA3. Hasler "Mailmaster" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

Similar to Type HA1 but with inner frame line around value figures.
Yuan symbol between outer and inner frame lines at left.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00



China HA4.jpg


HA4. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]

Large frank with inner box like Type HA3 but without panels at top and bottom.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00



China HA5.jpg

HA5. 1984, Pitney Bowes-GB "5300" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

Frank 30 x 23 mm. Panel at top only. Characters for POST PAID vertical at right.
Meter ID number between frank and TM. Value figures lower than date figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00



China HA6.jpg

HA6. Pitney Bowes-GB "5300" (MV).

Wide frank 36 x 26 mm. Value figures are lower than the date figures.
Panels at both top and bottom, bottom panel thin with small characters.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00



China HA7.jpg

HA7. Pitney Bowes-GB "6300” (MV).

Similar to Type HA1 but shorter frank, 29-31 x 23-24 mm.
A. With meter ID number with or without town character above at right of value figures
B. With solid block at right of value figures
C. Blank at right of value figures
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00MeterCat triad.jpg MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00


China stamp type HA8.jpg


HA8. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]

Smaller frank with inner box but no panels.
TM: SC with box around date figures and between horizontal lines.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00




China HA9.jpg

HA9. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Very wide frank, 37-38 x 23-24 mm.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00




China HA10.jpg


HA10. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV), 1996.

Value figures large.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg00.00



China HA11.jpg


HA11. Neopost "Electronic" (MV).

Frank 29 x 26 mm, similar is size to Type HA1 but TM very large and date figures narrower.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.000



China HA12.jpg

HA12. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000" (digital).

Distinctive shiny red mylar imprint. Date figures as: ‘YYYY.MM.DD.HH’.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HA13.jpg

HA13. Neopost “SM78/94” (MV).

Small frank, only 27 mm wide, with value figures closer to right side than to left.
Date figures with stops centered rather than low.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.00







Sub-group HB: 4-character inscription across top, and 4-character inscription across bottom or at right: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 中 国 邮 政 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg/ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg邮 资 已 付[edit]



China HB1.jpg
China HB1ab.jpg

HB1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank 30 x 27 mm. “¥” at left, location code at right.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. Characters at top close together
b. Value figures close to left side of frank



China HB2.jpg


HB2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

As Type HB1B but frank wider at 32 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HB3.jpg


HB3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Very wide frank at 38 mm. With “¥”at left and “中” at right of the value figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00



China HB4.jpg


HB4. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV).

Frank 30-31 x 23 mm, much narrower than Type HB3.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00



China HB5.jpg

HB5. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

Frank 31 x 24 mm. Panels at top and bottom thin with small characters.
Value figures with “¥” at left and location code at right.
TM: SC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HB6.jpg

HB6. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV).

Similar in size to Type HB5.
Top and bottom panels not as thin, and characters in panels are larger.
Value figures are large with “¥” at left and location code at right.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg00.00



China HB7A.jpg
China HB7B.jpg
China stamp type HB7C.jpg

HB7. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Very similar to Type HB1 but with large “¥” at left and without location code.
Date figures are widely spread.
A. Empty at right of value figures
B. With notched unengraved block at right
C. With location code above and right of the right-most digit in the value figures
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg00.00





China HB8.jpg

HB8. Neopost “SM78/94” (MV).

Small frank 26-27 x 23-24 mm.
Date figures have stops centered between D and M and after M. “¥” at left, location code at right.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg00.0+0



China HB9.jpg

HB9. Guilin Putian Telecommunication Equipment Factory "YG02” (digital).

Printed in cherry-red color through a mylar ribbon.
Date figures include hour as ‘YYYY.MM.DD.HH’.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HB10.jpg


HB10. Institute of Postal Science "YFM99" , Hangzhou (MV).

Date figures very small as ‘YY.M/MM.DD’. Stops low between Y and M and M and D.
TM: SC
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China HB11.jpg

HB11. Unidentified (MV).

Very large date figures, larger than value figures.
TM: SC
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China HB12.jpg

HB12. Unidentified (MV).

Both date and value figures large and somewhat narrow.
Top and bottom panels tall with relatively narrow center panel.
With “¥” character at left and single location character at right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00



China HB13.jpg

HB13. Unidentified (MV).

Large value figures of variable thickness.
Date figures small as ‘YY.M(MM).DD’.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00



China HB14.jpg


HB14. Unidentified (MV).

Thin value figures close to the yuan (¥) character.
TM: DC with date vertical in panel
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00




China HB15.jpg

HB15. Unidentified (MV).

Panels at top and sides with four characters for Postage Paid vertical at right above town identification character (within parenthesis at bottom right).
“¥” in left panel. Date figures slightly higher in relation to value figures.
TM: DC
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China HB16.jpg

HB16. Unidentified (MV).

Same format as Type HB15 but frank is wider and value figures are italicized.
Date figures slightly taller and thinner.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00






Sub-group HC: 4-character inscription across top, location code at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg中 国 邮 政 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(China Post)[edit]



China HC1.jpg
China stamp type HC1a.jpg

HC1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Nearly square frank 29-30 x 27 mm. “¥” at left, blank at right.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. With date field as yyyy.mm.dd.hh (The identity of this stamp is not certain. Possibly it is not a Hasler "Mailmaster" stamp.)



China HC2.jpg


HC2. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

Frank 31-32 x 24-26 mm. “¥” at left of value figures, blank at right.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg00.00



China HC3A.jpg
China HC3B.jpg



HC3. Pitney Bowes “A900” (MV).

Frank 29-30 x 24 mm. Value figures large and widely spaced.
“¥” at left, blank at right.
A. Frank 29-30 mm wide
B. Frank 32-33 mm wide
TM: SC
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China HC4.jpg
China stamp type HC4.jpg

HC4. Neopost “SM78/94” (MV).

Small frank, 26-27 x 23-24 mm.
Date figures with stops centered.
“¥” at left, blank at right.
TM: SC
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China stamp type HC5.jpg


HC5. Shanghai Institute, National Post Bureau "YSZ301" (MV).

Small frank, 27 x 22-23 mm. “¥” at left, blank at right.
Date with hour as ‘YYY.MM.DD.HH’.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China stamp type HC6A.jpg
China stamp type HC6B.jpg

HC6. Hunan Post-Telecommunication Equipment Factory "YZ03" (MV).

Frank 31-32 x 24-25 mm. “¥” at left, blank at right.
Date as ‘YY YY. MM. DD’.
All seen are crude impressions printed in black.
A. Black impression, TM at left
B. Black impression, TM at right
C. Red impression, TM at left
D. Red impression, TM at right
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. TM sideways with date vertical
b. As B, used as surcharge on postal cards
c. Hour figure at right of date



China stamp type HC7.jpg


HC7. Shanghai Institute, National Post Bureau "YSZ301" (MV).

Frank 30 x 27 mm. Value figures widely spaced.
“¥” at left, blank at right. Date as ‘YY.MM.DD’.
All seen are crude impressions printed in red.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 0. 0 0



China HC8.jpg


HC8. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000” (digital).

Value figures narrow. Yuan (¥) character thick.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00




China HC9.jpg

HC9. Francotyp-Postalia “JetMail” (digital).

With 8-digit number vertical between TM and frank.
Date as ‘YYYY.MM.DD.HH’.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00




China HC10.jpg
China HC15.jpg


HC10. Pitney Bowes “DM300” (digital).

With three columns of numbers stacked between TM and frank.
Date as ‘YYYY.MM.DD’.
A. Line above ID number at bottom
B. Without line above ID number at bottom
TM: SC
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China HC11.jpg

HC11. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank very similar to Type HC1 but date figures are widely
spaced especially between month and year figures.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋00.00



China HC12.jpg

HC12. Neopost “IJ75” (digital).

Inscription in top panel is large nearly touching the frame and panel lines.
Value figures lowered, not centered, closer to the bottom panel line.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HC13.jpg


HC13. Pitney Bowes “DM100” (digital).

Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Inscriptions in lower panel quite large.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China stamp type HC14.jpg

HC14. Pitney Bowes “DM800” and any other DM product 500 and above (digital).

Frank nearly identical to Type HC13.
Differs only in the value figures which are more
tightly spaced and appear heavier and the province
and alphanumeric font are also different.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HC16.jpg

HC15. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000” (MV).

Frank does not have bottom panel.
The ID number is below the frank.
One seen with ID number without prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



China HC17.jpg
China stamp type HC16B.jpg



HC16. Unidentified (digital).
Printed thermally onto self-adhesive labels.
The lower panel is taller than the top panel.
Very narrow spacing, about 1 mm, between TM and frank.
Yuan sign (¥) is much smaller than the value figures.
A. Frank with complete outer frame
B. Frank open at the sides (This may be a printing error rather than a true sub-type.)
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00





China stamp type HC17.jpg

HC17. Unidentified (MV).

This stamp has characteristics found with both Neopost and Hasler non-digital models. It may be from a Chinese-built machine.
Value figures as with type HC1.
Date figures as yyyy.mm.dd-hh
TM: SC
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Sub-group HD: “TAXEPERCUE” across top[edit]




China HD1.jpg

HD1. Hasler “F88” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type HA1 but inscriptions in French instead of Chinese.
“TAXPERCUE” in top panel, and town name “CHENGDU” in bottom panel.
With "¥" at left and a large "2" at right of the value figures.
TM: DC
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China stamp type HD2.jpg


HD2. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1995. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears to scarce. Value uncertain]

Sometime between 23 April and 21 July 1995 the die on this machine was altered.
Pieces of the frank at the sides of the value figures (yen sign and large "2" plus frame line) were removed.
TM: DC
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Sub-group HE: 4-character inscription across top: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg中 国 邮 政 (China Post), MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5-character inscription at bottom[edit]




China HE1.jpg


HE1. Hasler "F88" (MV).

As Type HB1 but with 5-character inscription at bottom.
TM: DC
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GROUP I: Octagonal frank with straight-line outer border[edit]


China I1.jpg


I1. Hasler "Mailmaster" (MV), 1988. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Found used only in the town of Chang Chun.
Two machines are known to have used this stamp.
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GROUP J: Frank made up of horizontal lines only[edit]


China J1.jpg

J1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, value unknown]

Apparently this was a test die that somehow found its way onto a commercially used postage meter.
One example seen.
TM: DC
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GROUP PO: Digital stamps from Post Office counter (window) machines, printed on self-adhesive labels[edit]


China K2.jpg

PO1. 1999, Sino Science and Technology (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

TM at right with postage and other data at left.
Printed in black on plain white labels with rounded corners.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¥0000.00
a. Printed in on label with pre-printed green Postal logo (error)



China K3 sides.jpg
China K3.jpg
China stamp type PO2a.jpg


PO2. Sino Science and Technology (digital).

As Type PO1 but the sides of the die cut label spell out “CHINA POST”.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¥0000.00
a. Postal logo applied in black on top of pre-printed green logo (error, shown below)










PRC stamp type PO3.jpeg
PRC stamp type PO variant.jpg
PRC stamp type PO3 underprint.jpeg


PO3. Sino Science and Technology (digital).

As Type PO2 but the postal logo and "CHINA POST" are pre-printed on the label and are not part of the stamp as printed at point-of-sale.
A. With value figures: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¥0000.00
B. With numeric code instead of value figures (used on international parcels)

NOTE: The label for PO3 has a nearly invisible underprint that can be seen under certain conditions. An example with this underprint exaggerated is shown at right.










GROUP PV: Digital stamps from self-service vending machines, printed on self-adhesive labels[edit]


China K1.jpg


PV1. Beijing Institute of Postal Science “YJY-99” (digital), 1997.

Very similar in appearance to Type PO1 but the corners of the label are square, not rounded.
Printed in black on plain white labels.
Other small differences exist.
A. Stamp for routine mail MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
B. Stamp for registered mail, with bar code and data added at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¥000.00










NOTE: The stamps shown below appear to be press-printed rather than applied by a postage meter. Several stamps like these have been used for special commemorative purposes.


China press-printed mimic.jpg
China facimile.jpg







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