International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Iceland

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Iceland[edit]

The first Iceland meters were used in 1929. All Icelandic meter stamps have “ÍSLAND” in the frank.

The stamps are grouped according to appearance:

  • A - Single straight-line frank with panels at top and bottom
  • B - Horizontal frank with straight-line ornaments at sides
  • C - Double straight-line frank without inner panels
  • PO – Generated by machines in Post Offices


For specialized information about the meter stamps of Iceland, see Icelandic Meters 1930 – 1993 by Thor Thorsteins, self-published, Reykjavik, 1994.



GROUP A: Upright to nearly square rectangle with single straight-line outer frame line[edit]

  • “ÍSLAND” in top panel, and “PÓSTUR” in bottom panel above meter number


Iceland stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1929. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Internal panel lines do not touch sides of frank.
Meter number without prefix.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
With or without 4-digit impression counter number high between TM and frank.
Meter numbers 1-4.
TM: DC with three stars at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,O)




Iceland stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Neopost (LV-6), 1931.

Similar to Type 1 but frank is wider, and the spacing between TM and frank is narrower.
Meter number 5 up.
A. Frank 27/28 mm tall MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Frank 25 mm tall MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
TM: DC with three stars at bottom
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg7, 10, 15, 20, 35, 40, 45, 50, 1 Kr, 2 Kr
a. Unengraved block in place of meter number



Iceland stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type A2 but internal panel lines touch the sides of the frank, and the value figures are different.
TM: DC with arc at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 (A)





Iceland stamp type A4.jpg



A4. Universal “Teltax” (MV).

Similar to Type A3 but the TM is lowered with a 4-digit impression counter number above
Small date figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point starburst.jpg000 (A,O)
a. Pre-stamped by post office on aerograms. Letters in “ÍSLAND” are narrower and thinner. Meter numbers 12 and 15 seen.





Iceland stamp type A5.jpg


A5. Francotyp “Cc” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Similar to Type A1 but much taller frank, 24-25 x 37-38 mm.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank, ~53mm
B. Narrow spacing, ~15mm
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000




Iceland stamp type A6.jpg


A6. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25), 1951.

Frank with panels at sides containing vertical bar.
Frank 24 x 26-27 mm.
TM: DC
Values between 10 and 250 in steps of ten




Iceland stamp type A7.jpg


A7. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type A6 but frank is larger, 26-27 x 29-30 mm, with narrower bars in side panels and narrower spacing between TM and frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=000
a. Used by Post Office to pre-stamp aerograms MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]








GROUP B: Horizontal frank with vertical straight-line ornaments at sides[edit]


Iceland stamp type B1A.jpg
Iceland stamp type B1B.jpg



B1. Pitney Bowes “5000” series (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Country name in top panel with “POSTUR” just below.
No bottom panel.
Side panels contain single vertical line.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
Meter number with “P.B.” prefix outside between TM and frank.
A. Narrow frank 24 x 23 mm
B. Wide frank 27/28 x 23 mm
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.oo




Iceland stamp type B2A.jpg
Iceland stamp type B2B.jpg



B2. Pitney Bowes “6900” (MV).

Country name at upper left, meter number at lower right.
Three ornamental columns at left and one at right.
Meter number with “P.B.” prefix.
A. Narrow frank 29 x 23 mm
B. Wide frank 32 x 23 mm
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000oo





Iceland stamp type B3.jpg


B3. Pitney Bowes “Paragon”(MV).

Very similar to Type B2 but much larger, 35 x 30 mm.
Meter number with “PB” prefix at bottom center.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋000oo





Iceland stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV).

As Type B3 but frank not as wide and with two columns at left instead of three.
Meter number outside between TM and frank.
Meter number with “PBE” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000oo




Iceland stamp type B5.jpg

B5. Pitney Bowes “A900” (MV).

Similar to Type B2 but value figures larger.
Meter number breaks bottom frame lines in center.
Meter number with “PB” prefix.
Right-most zero of value figures is fixed and breaks the right frame lines.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000.00




Iceland stamp type B6.jpg


B6. Hasler "Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank with complete outer frame line and simple single-line ornament at each side.
Meter number without prefix in 5000 series at bottom center.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 00








GROUP C: Frank with double straight-line outer border and no inner panels[edit]

Country name in outline letters



Iceland stamp type C1.jpg

C1. Postalia (MV).

Upright frank with Meter number at bottom of TM.
A. With “Kr Au” below “ÍSLAND”
B. With “Kr” at left below “ÍSLAND”
C. With “Kr” centered below “ÍSLAND” (shown)
D. With nothing between “ÍSLAND” and value figures
TM: DC with horizontal lines above and below date
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 0000 ✳ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 00000 ✳ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 0000.00




Iceland stamp type C2.jpg

C2. Frama "M/E bzw.100" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type C1 but frank is smaller, nearly square.
Value figures thick.
With or without meter number below frank.
A. With “Kr.” preceding value figures
B. Without “Kr.”
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Iceland stamp type C3.jpg


C3. Frama "M/E3/4" (MV).

Similar to Type C2 but wider.
Meter number below bottom frame line.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 00





Iceland stamp type C4A.jpg
Iceland stamp type C4B.jpg



C4. Neopost “205"/"2205” (MV).

Square frank similar in size to Type C2, but the outer frame lines are closer together and often appear as one thick line.
Date figures tall (“205”) or short (“2205”).
A. With “Kr” at right of value figures
B. Without “Kr”
TM: SC or BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg✳ 000 00







Iceland stamp type C5.jpg


C5. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Similar in size to Type C3 but value figures are smaller and thinner.
Meter number in bottom of TM.
TM: DC or BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00000










GROUP PO: Stamps generated by machines in Post Offices[edit]


Iceland stamp type PO1.jpg


PO1. Unknown (digital).

Iceland Post logo at upper left and "Iceland Post" at upper right.
Text right justified.
Printed in black on plain self-adhesive label with rounded corners.
TM: SL below "Iceland Post"
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(00)0,00





Iceland stamp type PO2.jpg

PO2. Unknown (digital).

Small self-adhesive label with square corners.
Preprinted across the top are "ÍCELAND" and the Post logo.
In the upper left corner is a very small preprinted "ÍP 680" reading up.
The value figures are below the Post logo, and the date is across bottom as DD-MM-YYYY
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000

NOTE: The status of this stamp is uncertain. It may not be a Post Office stamp but one from a digital vending machine or possibly even an online source.







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