International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/India

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India[edit]

  • The first meter was placed into use in 1922 during the period of British occupation.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political situation and country inscription as follows:
A - Issued during British occupation, inscribed “INDIA” alone
B - Issued during British occupation, inscribed “INDIA POSTAGE”, with or without crown and monogram of the British monarchy
C - Post independence issues, inscribed “INDIA POSTAGE” with Wheel of Ashoka
D - Country name in both Devanagari (India Hindi INDIA.jpg) and English (INDIA)
PO - Special stamps for use in post offices
OO - Special stamps for official government mail
RR - Special stamps for collecting refugee relief postal surcharge
SS - Special stamps for “SPEEDPOST” (a version of Express Mail)
Hyderabad - Special stamp used in the state of Hyderabad only

Five native companies have produced postage meters used in India: Kilburn, Republic Engineering, Armcess Engineers, Business Form (?), and Kelvinator.



GROUP A: Country name “INDIA” alone[edit]


India stamp type A1.jpg
India stamp type A1 color.jpg

A1. Automatic Franking Machine Co., New Zealand (aka Moss), Model “D” (FV-5), 1922. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$650]

Small upright frank with single-line border.
Inscribed “POSTAGE/PAID” at top.
Without TM or slogan.
Impression printed through a ribbon.
Meter numbers 1, 2, 3 or 4 within circle at center.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgEarliest and latest known dates of use are 7 March and 10 August.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgValues: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgHALF ANNA, ONE ANNA

NOTE: The meters were capable of printing additional values of 4 and 8 annas and 1 rupee, but examples, other than proofs, are not known to exist.








GROUP B: British occupation period, inscribed “INDIA POSTAGE”[edit]

  • Found both with and without crown and monogram of the British monarchy


India stamp type B1A.jpg
India stamp type B1Cb.jpg
India stamp type B1B.jpg
India stamp type B1Cc.jpg
India stamp type B1D.jpg




B1. Universal “NZ” (FV-1/-6), 1923.

Frank with single, simulated-perforation border.
Country inscription in panel at top, value in “ANNAS” in panel at bottom.
Small meter number in center.
License numbers 1 through 66 plus possibly X1, X2, and X3 (not all numbers known used)
A. TM narrow, 30-31 mm wide MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
B. TM narrow, thick, double-lined 28-29 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
C. TM wide to very wide, 37-44 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
D. As B but wide MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
Hexagonal TM in black, usually with mailer’s identification at top and license number at bottom.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 2, 3, 4, 8a
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgONE RUPEE MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[One example known, value undetermined]
a. TM blank at top, mailer’s ID at bottom
b. TM with licensing post office at top, mailer’s ID and L# at bottom
c. Temporary license number with "C.T.L." prefix (Calcutta Temporary License)

NOTE. License number preceded by "X": X1, X2, and X3 are known as proofs and may have been used. The "X" probably indicates (potential) use as a loaner (relief) machine. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare, value undetermined]






India stamp type B2.jpg
India stamp type B2d.jpg

B2. Neopost (FV-2/3/6), 1928.

Upright frank with simulated perforation border and fancy rope- or vine-like scrollwork ornamentation.
Large circle in center contains crown and monogram of the British monarch.
“ANNAS” or “RUPEES” repeated in small panels at sides of value figure at bottom.
Frame line is unbroken at bottom.
Frank without M#.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgTM: DC, SC, BIC
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgValues in “ANNAS”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1¼, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 6, 8 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgValues in “RUPEE”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¼, ½, ¾, 1, 2, 3, 8, 11 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
a. With “PRISONER OF WAR CAMP” in the TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]
b. Used in Burma. TM with “RANGOON” and L# with “R” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
c. Relief machine: TM solid (unengraved) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Seems to be rare, value uncertain]
d. Relief machine: TM BIC with two short arcs at bottom sides (shown at right). One machine used in Calcutta. V/F: 1¼ annas MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare, value uncertain]
e. TM contains user's name (at top) and license number only, no town name MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]



Image needed.jpg



B3. Neopost (FV-2/3/6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]

As Type B2 but with large “R” above “RUPEE” in lower corners.
TM: DC, SC, BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 2




India stamp type B4.jpg

B4. Neopost (LV-6), 1932.

As Type B2 but bottom frame line is broken in two small spots at sides of value figure.
With “ANNAS” or “RUPEES” in small panels at sides of the value figure.
TM: DC, SC or BIC
Values in “ANNAS”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1¼, 1½, 1¾, 2, 2¼, 2½, 3, 3½, 3¾, 4, 4¼, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 8, 10, 12, 16, 18 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values in “RUPEE”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¼, ½, 1, 2, 3, 3¾, 5 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 11 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
a. Stamp from relief machine, with “XX.XX” or "X.X.X." in TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]






India stamp type B5.jpg

B5. Neopost (LV-6).

As Type B4 but with large “R” above “RUPEE” in lower corners.
TM: DC, SC, BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg⅛, ¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 5, 6 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7, 8, 10, 15, 20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
a. Stamp from relief machine, with “XX.XX” or "X.X.X." in TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]




India stamp type B6A.jpg
India stamp type B6B.jpg



B6. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1946. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Upright frank with large, flat-bottomed circle containing value figures in center.
Crown and monogram at bottom.
M# with “U” prefix in small boxes in lower corners.
A. Frank, 26 x 29 mm, M#s U1 to U42
B. Large frank, 28-29 x 32 mm, M#s U43 up
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (Oval) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.0 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.oo
MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (Angular) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]










GROUP C: Post independence issues, inscribed “INDIA POSTAGE” with Wheel of Ashoka[edit]

Sub-group CA: Wheel of Ashoka above value figures[edit]




India stamp type CA1.jpg
India stamp type CA1R1.jpg
India stamp type CA1R2.jpg



CA1. Neopost (LV-6/-8), 1949.

Large Wheel of Ashoka in center of frank with value in slot at bottom center.
Large “A” over “ANNAS” or “R” over “RUPEES” at each side of value.
TM: DC, SC, or BIC
A. Inner circle of Wheel of Ashoka made up of dots
B. Inner circle of Wheel of Ashoka a continuous line
Values in ANNAS: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1¼, 1½, 2, 2½, 3, 3½, 4, 4½, 5, 5½, 6, 10
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 8, 9, 14, 12, 16, 18, 24 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
Values in RUPEES: ⅛, ¼, ½, ¾, 1, 1¼, 1½, 2, 3, 4, 4½, 5, 8
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 10 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7/8 , 25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Value in new currency RUPEES as 0.oo: 0.02, 0.03, 0.05, 0.06, 0.08, 0.10, 0.13, 0.15, 0.20, 0.25, 0.35, 0.40, 0.50, 1.00, 1.50, 2.00, 3.00

MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.18, 0.19, 0.21, 0.45, 0.55, 0.60, 0.65, 0.70, 0.75, 0.80, 0.85, 0.90, 0.95, 1.10, 1.20, 1.25, 3.75, 4.00, 5.00, 6.00, 10.00, 12.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.72, 50.00, 100.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
a. Stamp from relief machine, with “X.X.X.” or “XXX” in TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
b. Post Office Stamp. TM with “P.O. COUNTER” at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]





India stamp type CA2.jpg


CA2. Neopost (LV-6/-8). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type CA1 but with large “A” above “RUPEES” in the lower corners.
TM: DC, SC, or BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.15, 0.25, 1.00, 1.25





India stamp type CA3.jpg


CA3. Republic Engineering “Stampmaster” (LV-16), 1957. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]

With “R·A·P” directly below Wheel of Ashoka.
One machine only, C-1460, used by the manufacturer prior to introduction of new currency.
TM: DC

Value seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0 ▬ 2 ▬ 0




India stamp type CA4A.jpg
India stamp type CA4BCD.jpg


CA4. Republic Engineering “Stampmaster” and "Reco" (LV-12/-16/-20), 1957.

Similar to Type CA3 but without “R·A·P” and Wheel of Ashoka is smaller.
“Rs.” precedes value figures.
Key letter in box at lower right.
A. Key letter “S” boxed at lower right
B. Key letter “R” boxed at lower right
C. Key letter “P” boxed at lower right
D. Without key letter at lower right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
TM: DC, SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·00: 0·02, 0·03, 0·05, 0·10, 0·13, 0·15, 0·20, 0·25, 0·30, 0·35, 0·40, 0·50, 0·55, 0·65, 0·70, 0·75, 0·90, 1·00, 2·00, 3·00, 4·00, 5·00, 10·00, 12·00, 15·00, 20·00, 25·00, 40·00
a. With “R” instead of “Rs.” at left of value figures





India stamp type CA5.jpg

CA5. Pitney Bowes “5300” (MV), 1972. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Horizontal frank with Wheel of Ashoka right of “INDIA” at top.
“POSTAGE” and “RUPEES” vertical in panels at sides.
M# with “P.B.” prefix low between TM and frank.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00

NOTE: The meter number and prefix are found in two different sizes and can vary in distance from the frank.







Sub-group CB: Value figures above Wheel of Ashoka[edit]




India stamp type CB1A.jpg
India stamp type CB1Ba.jpg


CB1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1949.

Large frank with Wheel of Ashoka at bottom between prefix and meter number.
Value figures thicker at sides than at top and bottom.
M# prefwith “U” prefix.
With “ANNAS” or “RUPEES” beneath top panel.
Numbers U1 up.
A. TM and frank on same level
B. TM lower than frank
TM: DC, SC
V/F in “ANNAS”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00– (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0.0 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.oo
V/F in “RUPEES”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0ooMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00ooMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.oo
a. Solid block instead of M# at right
b. Solid blocks in both corners
c. V/F Angular, M# U1 only: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00– MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]




India stamp type CB2.jpg

CB2. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25), 1951.

Similar to Universal types, but smaller frank and vertical lines at each side.
"ANNAS” or “RUPEES” beneath top panel.
M# prefix “S” at lower left and M# at lower right.
TM: DC
Value in “ANNAS”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg¼ to 24
Value in “RUPEES”: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.01 to 0.24, plus 0.35, 0.48, 0.50, 0.90, 1.00, 1.05 and 1.20 seen
a. Solid block instead of M# at right
b. Solid blocks in both corners




India stamp type CB3A.jpg
India stamp type CB3B.jpg



CB3. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1957.

Similar to Type CB1A but M# with “RN” prefix.
The spacing between the TM and frank is variable.
A. With meter number MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
B. Solid block or two parallel lines replacing meter number at right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: DC or SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·00
a. Without "RUPEES" above the value figures








India stamp type CB4B.jpg

CB4. Universal “Automax” (MV), 1957.

Similar to Type CB1 but value figures are of uniform thickness.
Solid blocks in both lower corners.
A. "RUPEES" at top, TM and frank at same level
B. "RUPEES" at top, TM lower than frank
C. As B but without "RUPEES" (shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo




India stamp type CB5.jpg

CB5. Kilburn (MV), 1970.

Frank with panels at left and right each containing a single vertical line.
With unengraved block at lower left and large “K” at lower right.
TM: DC.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Used without TM as revalue stamp for postal stationery MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
b. Post Office stamp: name of post office at top, town and post code at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]



India stamp type CB6.jpg


CB6. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$120]

“INDIA POSTAGE” in bold letters.
M# with “PB” prefix at lower left and number at lower right, flanking Wheel of Ashoka.
One machine known, P.B. 232.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo




India stamp type CB7.jpg


CB7. M/S Business Forms Ltd. “Postmeter” (MV), 1977. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Frank nearly square, with “P” at lower left and unengraved box at lower right.
Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Date figures tall.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00

NOTE: This stamp was in use for less than one year.




India stamp type CB8.jpg


CB8. Kilburn “K999” (MV), 1977. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$70]

Similar to Type CB5, but panels at left and right contain text in Devanagri.
Solid block at bottom left and “K” at bottom right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




India stamp type CB9.jpg



CB9. Universal "MultiValue" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]

Similar to Type CB1A but with "INDIA POSTAGE" in Devanagari text ( India stamp type CB9 detail.jpg ) below the English inscription at top.
"RUPEES" reads down at right, and its equivalent in Devanagari is at left.
One meter known, U112.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.oo






GROUP D: Country name in both Devanagari (India Hindi INDIA.jpg) and English[edit]

Sub-group DA: Devanagari at left, English at right: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgIndia Hindi INDIA.jpg INDIA[edit]




India stamp type DA1.jpg

DA1. Armcess Engineers “Mini” and “Deci” (LV-?). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg

Similar to Type CA1 but with large “A” above “RUPEE” at lower right and “large India Hindi A.jpg” above Devanagari text at lower left.
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.05, 0.20, 0.25, 0.35, 0.55, 1.00, 1.15, 1.25, 2.00, 2.50
a. TM with flat bottom inner circle MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
b. TM, large with three rings instead of two MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]



India stamp type DA2.jpg
India stamp type DA2c.jpg
India stamp type DA2h.jpg

DA2. Kilburn (MV), 1982.

Frank with single wavy line frame line with “RUPEES” beneath country name at top.
Unengraved block at lower left and boxed “K” at lower right with Wheel of Ashoka between.
TM: DC, SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Used without TM as revalue stamp for postal stationery
b. Official use, with “SERVICE” in the TM
c. Self-service, coin-operated vending machine stamp. One meter used in a live test in April 1996. Can be identified only by the dateless TM containing “PARLIAMENT STREET H.O.” at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$300]
d. Post Office stamp: town mark contains name of post office and post code only, without a mailer's identification
e. Express Mail stamp: town mark contains "SPEED POST"
f. Similar to 'a' but used with TM as postage on postal stationery sold over-the-counter at post offices
h. Very small date and value figures



India stamp type DA3A.jpg
India stamp type DA3aa.jpg
India stamp type DA3B.jpg
India stamp type DA3bb.jpg
India stamp type DA3C.jpg
India stamp type DA3cc.jpg



DA3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1986.

Very similar to Type DA2 but with boxed “H” at lower left or right.
TM: DC
A. “H” at lower right, M# at lower left
B. “H” at right, unengraved block at left
C. “H” at right, “E” (for ‘electronic’) at left
D. Unengraved block at right, “H” at left MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. As B, with large “E” floating at left of “RUPEES” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
b. As B, with large “E” floating at right of “RUPEES” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
c. With huge fixed “.00” at right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
d. Post Office stamp: town mark contains name of post office and postal code only, without a mailer's identification

NOTE: This stamp was used in post offices from 1986 but was not used privately until 1994.







India stamp type DA4A.jpg
India stamp type DA4B.jpg
India stamp type DA4C.jpg

DA4. Republic Engineering “Reco” (LV-12/-20).

Wheel of Ashoka beneath country name in panel at top.
Value figure preceded by “Rs”.
A. Key letter “S” boxed at lower right
B. Key letter “R”
C. Key letter “P”
TM: large SC with boxed date
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·05, 0·10, 0·15, 0·20, 0·25, 0·30, 0·35, 0·40, 0·50, 0·55, 0·70, 0·90, 1·00, 2·00, 4·00, 5·00, 10·00, 12·00, 15·00, 20·00, 25·00, 40·00



India stamp type DA5.jpg


DA5. Republic Engineering “Reco” (LV-16). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type DA4B but with Dvanagri characters above and within box at lower left.
“Rs.” above box at lower right.
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·05, 0·25, 0·50, 1·00, 2·00, 2·30, 3·00, 3·20, 6·00, 10·00




India stamp type DA6.jpg

DA6. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frame lines and country inscription are heavy.
Wheel of Asoka at bottom center.
“Rs” in small box at upper right, “R” in box at lower right.
Devanagri text in boxes at upper and lower left.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·00




India stamp type DA7B.jpg


DA7. Republic Engineering “Stampmaster” (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Quite similar to Type DA6 but smaller frank, and date figures are more irregular.
A. Characters in upper corners below top panel are boxed
B. Characters in upper corners below top panel are not boxed (shown)
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00·00





India stamp type DA8.jpg

DA8. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank wider than tall with single, simulated-perforation outer border.
Wheel of Ashoka between country names at top.
With “E” (for ‘electronic’) at lower left.
M# with “SC” prefix at bottom center.
A. Boxed “E” at lower left
B. Floating “E” at lower left
C. Floating “E” at lower right
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.00



India stamp type DA9.jpg

DA9. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

“RUPEES” under country name at top.
Wheel of Ashoka at bottom center flanked by unengraved block at left and boxed “R” at right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00

NOTE: The status of this stamp is uncertain. It may not have been issued and would thus be an essay.




India stamp type DA10.jpg


DA10. Francotyp-Postalia “JetMail” ? (digital).

Large Wheel of Ashoka at top between country names.
M# at bottom with “E FP.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




India stamp type DA11.jpg
India stamp type DA11B.jpg


DA11. Neopost (digital).

Frameless design with horizontal 2D barcode at left below identification numbers.
M# "N" prefix at bottom right.
Printed in blue.
TM: nil (possibly the mailer or PO is identified at upper left)
A. With "Rs." at left of value figures
B. With rupee symbol "Rupee-symbol.jpg" left of value figures
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00






India stamp type DA12.jpg
India stamp type DA12B.jpg


DA12. Pitney Bowes? (digital).

As Type DA11 but meter number with "P" prefix.
Printed in blue.
TM: nil (possibly the mailer or PO is identified at upper left)
Service indicator code at top left.
A. With "Rs." at left of value figures
B. With rupee symbol "Rupee-symbol.jpg" left of value figures
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00









Sub-group DB: English at left, Devanagari at right: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg INDIA India Hindi INDIA.jpg[edit]



India stamp type DB1.jpg

DB1. Republic Engineering “Reco” (LV-16), 1965.

As Type DA8 but with revised country inscription.
A. With “R” boxed at lower right
B. With “S” boxed at lower right
TM: Large SC with boxed date
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0·15, 0·20, 0·40, 0·65, 1·00, 2·00




India stamp type DB2.jpg



DB2. Republic Engineering “Vishwa” (MV), 1979. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Tall frank with “Rs” and “P” beneath panel at top.
M# with “V” prefix in box at lower left and number in box at lower right and Wheel of Ashoka between.
TM: DC with boxed date
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00










Sub-group DC: English at top, Devanagari at bottom: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg INDIA / India Hindi INDIA.jpg[edit]




India stamp type DC1.jpg


DC1. Pitney Bowes “A900/B900” (MV), 1994.

Horizontal frank with Wheel of Ashoka at top left.
M# with “R No” prefix at bottom left (099 and 0095 seen).
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00




India stamp type DC2.jpg


DC2. Pitney Bowes “A900/B900” (MV).

As Type DC1 but the meter number is in the lower right corner and a boxed "E" is in the lower left corner.
M# with "PB" (A900) or "PBB" (B900) prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg≋00.00









GROUP PO: Special stamps generated only by meters in post offices[edit]

NOTE: For other post office stamps, see Types CA1b, CB5b and DA3d.


Sub-group PO-A: Stamps with framed franks[edit]



India stamp type PO-A1.jpg


PO-A1. Satas “P” (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]

Inscribed “INDIA POSTAGE” in top panel.
“RUPEES/Rs nP” above value figures and small Wheel of Asoka at bottom.
Hour figure between TM and frank.
TM: SC or with no outer ring and solid at center except for cutout for date.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★0.oo




India stamp type PO-A2.jpg
India stamp type PO-A2 receipt.jpg


PO-A2. Francotyp “Taxograph” (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Wheel of Ashoka overlaps bottom frame lines.
Registration number with large, narrow “R” between TM and frank.
M# between R# and frame line.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◇00,oo

NOTE: Receipts (shown at right) are identical to the stamp except the frank frame is removed.



India stamp type PO-A3.jpg


PO-A3. Kilburn “K99” (MV), 1978. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

“POSTAGE·INDIA” at top, “RUPEES” vertical at both sides.
Solid block at lower left and boxed “K” at lower right.
TM: DC with “P.O. COUNTER” at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00

NOTE: The meter producing this stamp was originally an official use meter Type OO1 that had “SERVICE” removed from the top. It was probably diverted for relief duty. One known.




India stamp type PO-A3point1.jpg

PO-A3.1. Kelvinator “Registrex” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Printed in violet through a ribbon on plain white rectangular label.
Frank has horizontal orientation.
Inscribed “INDIA POSTAGE” at top.
M# with “RP” prefix at lower left.
TM: SL with post office identification at top, R# at center, and “REGD LETTER” at bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00



India stamp type PO-A4A.jpg
India stamp type PO-A4B.jpg



PO-A4. Kelvinator “Registrex” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type PO-A3.1 but frank has vertical orientation.
“INDIA POSTAGE” in panel at top with Wheel of Ashoka/”Rs.” immediately below.
Blank at bottom.
A. With double circle around date with redundant post office name between the circles
B. Without the double circles around date but with horizontal lines above and below the number at right of date. Without ID letters
TM: SL with post office identification at top, date and number (transaction counter?) at center, and ID letters at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00











Sub-group PO-B: Stamps without outer borders[edit]

NOTE: Most of the collector demand for these stamps is in India. Stamps with a foreign destination showing are scarcer and have a value about double that of domestic destination stamps.




India stamp type PO-B1.jpg




PO-B1. Indian-developed PO counter system (digital).

Printed on plain white rectangular label.
Frank in three horizontal sections separated by thick bars made up of small dots.
Top segment contains Post Office ID and registration data.
Middle segment contains “INDIA POSTAGE”, date and postage.
Bottom segment contains insurance data and destination above “STAMP AFFIXED” value of any stamps applied to the mail piece prior to bringing it to the post office.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. 00.00





India stamp type PO-B2A.jpg
India stamp type PO-B2B.jpg









PO-B2. Indian-developed PO counter system (digital).

Similar to Type PO-B1 but data in segments is slightly different and the separators are different.
Top segment contains Post Office ID (and class of mail) and registration data.
Middle segment contains “INDIA POSTAGE”, date, time and postage.
Bottom segment contains “P-STAMP” and value of any stamps applied to the mail piece prior to bringing it to the post office, insurance data and destination.
A. Frank segments separated by line of tildes (~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~)
B. Frank segments separated by line of small solid squares (■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. 00.00 (or "NULL" if pre-affixed postage is adequate)














India stamp type PO-B3.jpg
India stamp type PO-B3 var.jpg


PO-B3. Postal Training Centre of Mysore "Meghdoot" (digital).

Similar to Types PO-B1 and –B2 but data and separators are different.
Separators are rows of number signs (#######).
Printed on labels with red India Post logo.
Top segment contains Post Office ID (and class of mail) and post office counter ID.
Middle segment contains “INDIA POSTAGE” and postage.
Bottom segment contains date, time, weight and destination.
A: India Post logo at right (shown)
B: India Post logo at left
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs(000)0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs(ØØØ)Ø.ØØ





India stamp type PO-B4.jpg

PO-B4. Indian developed PO counter system (digital), 1991.

Printed on rectangular label with India Post logo, similar to Type PO-B3..
Text from top down reads:
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“INDIA POST”
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPost Office ID
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgdate and time
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgvariable characters of uncertain purpose
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“MO Amt :” and destination
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“Insured :”
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“Affixed :”
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg* weight
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“Collected : Rs.”
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgsignature line
A. INDIA POST logo 20 mm wide (shown)
B. Smaller INDIA POST logo, 17 mm wide
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. Ø.ØØ (and ØØ.ØØ?)



India stamp type PO-B5.jpg



PO-B5. Indian developed PO counter system (digital), 1991.

Similar to Type PO-B4 but with less text.
From the top:
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPost Office ID and class of mail
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgdestination
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg“INS FOR RS. (amount) P-STAMP RS. (amount)
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgpostage, weight, date and time
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgØØ.ØØ





India stamp type PO-B6A.jpg
India stamp type PO-B6B.jpg



PO-B6. Postal Training Centre of Mysore “Meghdoot” (digital), 1999.

As Type PO-B5 but text is separated into blocks with a line of symbols.
At top, Post Office ID and class of mail and/or registration data.
At bottom, “INDIA POSTAGE”, date, time and postage, with or without weight.
A. Frank segments separated by line of tildes (~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~)
B. Frank segments separated by line of small solid squares (■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. 00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. ØØ.ØØ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg"NULL" (if pre-affixed postage is adequate)






India stamp type PO-B7.jpg
India stamp type PO-B7a.jpg

PO-B7. Postal Training Centre of Mysore “Meghdoot” (digital), 1999.

Without separators, as with Types PO-B4 and PO-B5.
Text from top down:
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgpostage amount, date, time
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPost Office ID
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgmail classification
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgClerk ID
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgdestination
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgorigin
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgweight
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgtax (surcharge?)
* MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgpostage, date and time repeated MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(The bottom two elements are also found reversed)
The country name is present only in the preprinted “INDIA POST” logo
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs(000)0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs(ØØØ)Ø.ØØ
a. With slogan added after the postage amount or elsewhere near the bottom



India stamp type PO-B8.jpg





PO-B8. Postal Training Centre of Mysore “Meghdoot” (digital), 1999.

Inscriptions and separators as with Type PO-B3B but with commemorative "INDIA POST" logo at left celebrating 150 years of the India postal system.
V/F: Rs(000)0.00











India stamp type PO-B9.jpg


PO-B9. Keithly Instruments/Micronic Devices “Multi Purpose Exchequer” (digital), 2001. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

“INDIA POSTAGE” at top followed by Post Office ID, date, town and postage.
At bottom are country name in Devanagari flanked by three down-pointing chevrons at the sides.
Three outward-pointing chevrons also at the ends of the interior lines of text.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRS. (00)0.00
a. With “RGL” and number left of date in center line, used for Registered Mail

NOTE: This stamp is also used for Speed Post.




India stamp type PO-B10.jpg



PO-B10. Postal Training Centre of Mysore “Meghdoot” (digital), 2009.

As Type PO-B8 but with new bi-color postal logo at upper right.
A. Date and time above weight and destination in two lines at bottom
B. Date, time, and weight in single line at bottom, without destination ("To :"...)
C. Weight, date, and time above destination in two lines at bottom
V/F: Rs(000)0.00
a. Without "INDIA POSTAGE" above the value figures










GROUP OO: Special stamps used only for government official mail[edit]


India stamp type OO1.jpg


OO1. Kilburn “K99” and "K999" (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Frank with simulated perforation outer frame line and straight inner frame line.
Inscribed “SERVICE/POSTAGE•INDIA” at top and “RUPEES” vertical at both sides.
Key letter “K” at lower right, unengraved block at lower left.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




India stamp type OO2.jpg


OO2. Kilburn “K999” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Frank with single wavy outer frame line.
Inscribed with country name in Devanagri and English at top and “SERVICE” vertical at right and Devanagri text at left.
Key letter “K” at lower right, unengraved block at lower left.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00




India stamp type OO3.jpg


OO3. Republic Engineering “Vishwa” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Square frank with straight line border and panels at top and sides.
Inscribed “SERVICE” vertical in panel at left and in Devanagri text at right panel.
Key letter “V” in lower left corner with “C at lower right.
Lion capital of Ashoka below value figures.
TM: large SC with date in rectangle
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. 00.00








GROUP RR: Special stamps used to collect refugee relief postal surcharge[edit]

  • Used in 1972 and 1973 only


India stamp type RR1.jpg


RR1. Neopost (FV-1). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

“REFUGEE/RELIEF” at top, small Wheel of Ashoka in center, “INDIA” reading down at left, “POSTAGE” reading up at right, “PS” at bottom right.
M# with “B” prefix above postage.
TM: DC or nil
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5




India stamp type RR2.jpg


RR2. Neopost (FV-1). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]

“REFUGEE RELIEF” in arc above Wheel of Ashoka.
Large “R” over “PAISE” in both lower corners.
TM: DC or nil
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5




India stamp type RR3.jpg


RR3. Neopost (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

“INDIA POSTAGE” in panel at top with “REFUGEE RELIEF” immediately below.
Devanagari text fills the center. Large “R” over “RUPEE” in both lower corners.
TM: SC or nil
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.o5




India stamp type RR4.jpg


RR4. Universal “Simplex” (LV-21). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Similar to Type CB2 but with “REFUGEE RELIEF” in top panel.
Without country name in frank.
Blank in both bottom corner blocks.
TM: DC
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.o5




India stamp type RR5.jpg


RR5. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type CB1A but with “REFUGEE RELIEF” in top panel.
With “U” at lower left and solid block at lower right.
TM: DC
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.o5





India stamp type RR6.jpg


RR6. Universal “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Similar to RR5 but with “INDIA POSTAGE” in top panel.
"REFUGEE" reading up at left, and "RELIEF" reading down at right.
With “U” at lower left, solid block at lower right.
TM: DC lowered
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.o5




India stamp type RR7.jpg


RR7. Republic Engineering “Reco” (LV-16). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Similar to Type CA4A but with “REFUGEE” reading up at left and “RELIEF” reading down at right.
Key letter “S”.
TM: DC
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRs. 0•o5






NOTE: Two stamp types have been reported but are not verified. One is similar to Type RR5 but produced by a Universal “Automax”. The other is a Neopost (LV) similar to Type RR3 but with Devanagari text is smaller characters.







GROUP SS: Special stamps used for ‘SPEED POST’, a version of express mail[edit]

* See also Types DA2e and PO-B9 for "SPEED POST" stamps.




India stamp type SS1.jpg


SS1. Kilburn (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Similar to Type DA2 but with “SPEEDPOST” replacing country name at top.
Key letter “K” at lower right, unengraved block at lower left.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00





India stamp type SS2.jpg



SS2. Kelvinator “Registrex” (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

The stamp is printed on tape and has the appearance of a cash register receipt.
“*** SPEED POST ***” at top above post office name and number.
Through the center are the date and time at left and numbers of unknown purpose at right.
The postage value preceded by “TOTL” is at the bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00





India stamp type SS3.jpg



SS3. Kelvinator “Registrex” (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type SS2 but tall, narrow tape with “EMS======” at top above “SPEEDPOST CENTRE”, town and post code, and receipt number.
India stamp type SS4.jpg
Through the center are the date and a tally of services and total postage costs.
Time of day is at the bottom.
This is undoubtedly a cash register receipt, but it is also found on mail used as a stamp.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpgMeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0.00




SS4. Kelvinator “Registrex” (digital). Shown at right
Tall, narrow design similar to Type SS3. “DEPARTMENT OF POSTS.” at top followed by “SPEED POST/ CENTRE”, town name, phone number, date, destination, weight, postage, ID number and time.
Across the bottom is “HAVE A NICE DAY.”
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00









India stamp type SS5.jpg


SS5. Kelvinator “Registrex” (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Without country inscription or Speed Post identification.
Date at top followed by postage, ID number ("1001" in the example shown) and transaction number (9626).
At bottom is the time of transaction.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00









NOTE: In 1939 a Universal "MultiValue" meter was commissioned for use to frank local mail in Hyderabad state. The machine was never placed into service. The essays are quite rare and generally trade for around $150-200.

India Hyderabad stamp essay.jpg









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