International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Latvia

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Latvia[edit]

* 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 Two[edit]


Sub-group AA: Upright frank with rounded corners[edit]




Latvia stamp type AA1.jpg

AA1. Universal “Midget” (FV-3/-5), 1928. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2, 6, 7, 10, 15, 20, 30, 35







Sub-group AB: Square frank[edit]



Latvia stamp type AB1.jpg


AB1. Francotyp “B” (MV), 1928. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Country name in banner at top.
Flowering plant ornaments at sides.
“SANTIMI” in panel at bottom.
TM: BIC with horizontal bar
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00
a. Used without TM on business reply card. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $100]










Sub-group AC: Horizontal oval frank[edit]



Latvia stamp type AC1.jpg


AC1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1928. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 (G)






Latvia stamp type AC2A.jpg
Latvia stamp type AC2B.jpg




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 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
B. Frank is flat at top and bottom, "SANT." is straight MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (A)
a. Without TM









Latvia stamp type AC3A.jpg
Latvia stamp type AC3B.jpg



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 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
B. Frank is 38-39 mm wide and flat at top and bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G)










Latvia stamp type AC4A.jpg
Latvia stamp type AC4B.jpg




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 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
B. Narrow spacing with impression counter number and slogan to the left of the town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00










Latvia stamp type AC5.jpg


AC5. Neopost (LV-6), 1931. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Without impression counter number.
Value figures only 1- or 2-digit.
TM: BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2, 6, 15, 20, 30




Latvia stamp type AC6.jpg


AC6. Safag (MV), 1939. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]

Large frank with relatively thin border design.
Spacing between TM and frank narrow.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000

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, 1940-1941[edit]


Latvia stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1941. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type B2.jpg



B2. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1941. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type B3.jpg



B3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Latvia stamp type B4.jpg



B4. Francotyp “A” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg probably 0000 or MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000







Latvia stamp type B5.jpg



B5. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg probably 000 or MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00





Latvia stamp type B6.jpg



B6. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G)




Latvia stamp type B7.jpg


B7. Neopost (LV6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg15 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, 1941-1945[edit]



Sub-group CA: Oval frank[edit]



Latvia stamp type CA1.jpg


CA1. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1942. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Provisional stamp.
As Type AC1 but “SANT” either removed from bottom or partly or fully obliterated.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg◆000 (G)
a. With just “S” (of ‘SANT’) at bottom






Latvia stamp type CA2.jpg



CA2. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000






Latvia stamp type CA3.jpg



CA3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G)




Latvia stamp type CA4.jpg


CA4. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Latvia stamp type CA5.jpg


CA5. Francotyp “A” (MV), 1942. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Provisional stamp.
Blank at top, “Rpf” at bottom.
TM: SC with boxed date
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000





Latvia stamp type CA6.jpg


CA6. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Provisional stamp.
As Type CA5 but with wider spacing, 77-79mm between centers of date and value figures.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Latvia stamp type CA7.jpg


CA7. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type CA8.jpg


CA8. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1943. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Frank with “LATVIJA” at top, “Rpf” at bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type CA9.jpg



CA9. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

Frank with “LATVIJA” at top left, blank at top right and bottom.
TM: DC with inner circle flattened at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type CA10.jpg


CA10. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1942. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

As Type AC4B, but with “Rpf” at bottom.
Five-digit impression counter number high left of TM.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ✳00







Sub-group CB: Rectangular frank[edit]



Latvia stamp type CB1.jpg



CB1. Francotyp “A” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

This is Germany Type F1 but with town mark “RIGA / OSTLAND”.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000







Latvia stamp type CB2.jpg



CB2. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

This is Germany Type F3 but with town mark “RIGA”.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G)










GROUP D: Period of Soviet Union occupation, 1945-1991[edit]


Latvia stamp type D1A.jpg
Latvia stamp type D1B.jpg




D1. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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 with inner circle flattened at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (G)









Latvia stamp type D2.jpg



D2. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

As Type D1 but country inscription at top is straight across.
TM: DC with inner circle flattened at top.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G)






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





GROUP E: Issues since independence in 1991[edit]



Sub-group EA: Provisional issues without identification[edit]



Latvia stamp type EA1.jpg


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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type EA2.jpg


EA2. Perm (MV).

Value figures only at left with date at right.
Slogan at center identifies the mailer.
Printed in black.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000









Sub-group EB: Frank is upright octagon, town mark, date and value figures horizontal[edit]



Latvia stamp type EB1.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Latvia stamp type EB2.jpg



EB2. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000








Sub-group EC: Frank is upright octagon, town mark, date and value figures vertical[edit]



Latvia stamp type EC1.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Latvia stamp type EC2.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Latvia stamp type EC3aa.jpg


EC3. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Printed in a color other than black. Blue known. (shown)





Latvia stamp type EC4aa.jpg


EC4. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

“LATVIJA” stacked at left, “PASTS” stacked at right.
TM: DC, inner circle flat at top (left) and bottom (right)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Printed in a color other than black. Purple known. (shown)





Latvia stamp type EC5.jpg



EC5. Perm (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000









Sub-group ED: Upright rectangular frank[edit]



Latvia stamp type ED1.jpg


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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Latvia stamp type ED2A.jpg
Latvia stamp type ED2B.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000

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






Latvia stamp type ED3.jpg


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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00



Latvia stamp type ED3B.jpg

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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00









Sub-group EE: Horizontal octagonal frank with single-line border[edit]



Latvia stamp type EE1A.jpg
Latvia stamp type EE1B.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000




Latvia stamp type EE2A.jpg
Latvia stamp type EE2B.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000
a. With M# below frank.




Latvia stamp type EE3.jpg

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

Envelope logo at top, “LATVIJAS PASTS” at bottom.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000
a. With raised TM.



Latvia stamp type EE4.jpg

EE4. Pitney Bowes “A/B900” (MV).

As Type EE3 but with larger value figures.
M# below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000








Sub-group EF: Horizontal rectangular frank[edit]



Latvia stamp type EF1Aa.jpg
Latvia stamp type EF1B.jpg



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: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. M# below frank









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