International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Lithuania

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Lithuania[edit]

  • Lithuania was an independent country until the German and Soviet Union occupations which began in 1941. No meter stamps distinctly identified to the German occupation are known. From 1941 until Lithuania regained its independence after the breakup of the Soviet Union in 1991, meter stamps of the Soviet Union (USSR) were used.
  • All stamps are inscribed “LIETUVA” or “LIETUVOS” or are without country inscription but have a Lithuanian town mark or other identifying feature.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political period:
A - Period of independence, 1933 to early in World War Two
B - Period of Soviet Union occupation, 1940 – 1991
C - Period of independence, 1991 to present



GROUP A: Period of independence, 1933 to World War Two[edit]



Sub-group AA: Horizontal rectangle with rounded corners[edit]



Lithuania stamp type AA1.jpg

AA1. Francotyp “B” (MV), 1933. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

“CENT.” At bottom of frank.
Distance between centers of date and value figures 74-76 mm.
Date figures with stops after D and M.
One machine only.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Lithuania stamp type AA2.jpg


AA2. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type AA1 but slightly wider, 77-79 mm between centers of date and value figures.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type AA3.jpg


AA3. Francotyp “C” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type AA2 but with “CT” at bottom.
With or without 4-digit S# high between TM and frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 (A,G) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆000
a. Entire stamp include TM and slogan is enclosed in a greater outer border with simulated perforations. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]





Lithuania stamp type AA4.jpg


AA4. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
“CENT” at bottom of frank.
One machine only.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000








Sub-group AB: Upright rectangle with simulated-perforation border[edit]



Lithuania stamp type AB1.jpg


AB1. Neopost (LV-6), 1934. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

With “CENT” below value figures.
Meter number with “N” prefix.
TM: SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg5, 15, 30, 50, 60 CENT, 1 litas

NOTE: Examples with “CT” below value figures are essays.








GROUP B: Period of Soviet Union occupation, 1940 – 1991[edit]


Lithuania stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Francotyp “B” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

As USSR Type C1 with hammer & sickle logos at sides of value figures.
The USSR stamp has a small “K” under the hammer & sickles. The Lithuania stamp does not.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




NOTE: Type B1 is the only Soviet era meter stamp design that was used only in Lithuania. Many other meter stamps were used here during the Soviet occupation, but they are identical to stamps used in the rest of the USSR and can be identified only by a Lithuanian town name.







GROUP C: Issues since independence in 1991[edit]

  • Normally printed in black but purple and brown are known.



Sub-group CA: Provisional issues without country identification[edit]



Lithuania stamp type CA1.jpg


CA1. Perm (MV).

Entire frank removed leaving only the value figures.
Value figures stacked, date figures vertical.
A. TM: SC
B. Date only without TM (can be identified by the slogan)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000




Lithuania stamp type CA2.jpg


CA2. Perm (MV).

Small rectangle containing stacked value figures.
Date vertical.
Can be identified by the slogan.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CA3.jpg


CA3. Perm (MV).

Upright octagon without all inscriptions removed.
Value figures stacked, and date figures vertical.
TM: SC, empty, or unengraved
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000






Lithuania stamp type CA4.jpg


CA4. Perm (MV).

As Type CA3 but date and value figures are horizontal.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000






Lithuania stamp type CA5.jpg


CA5. Perm (MV).

As Type CA4 but double outer frame lines.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000







Lithuania stamp type CA6.jpg


CA6. Perm (MV).

Horizontal alignment as with Types CA4 and 5 but value figures only without frank frame.
A. TM: SC
B. Date only without TM (can be identified by the slogan)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000







Sub-group CB: Frank is upright octagon with inner box around value figures[edit]




Lithuania stamp type CB1.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CB1a.jpg













CB1. Perm (MV).

“LIETUVA” stacked at left and “PASTAS” stacked at right.
Blank at top and bottom.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Printed in a color other than black (blue, purple, red-brown seen)



Lithuania stamp type CB2.jpg


CB2. Perm (MV).

As Type CB1 but “LIETUVOS” (instead of “LIETUVA”) stacked at left.
Inscriptions italicized.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
TM: SC, blank
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CB3.jpg


CB3. Perm (MV).

“LIETUVOS” stacked at left and “PASTAS” stacked at right.
Frame lines are extremely thick.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CB4.jpg


CB4. Perm (MV).

As Type CB1 but the octagon is much narrower.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CB5.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CB5a.jpg


CB5. Perm (MV).

The frank is as wide as it is tall.
Spacing between TM and frank very narrow.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Printed in a color other than black (blue seen)




Lithuania stamp type CB6.jpg


CB6. Perm (MV).

Large frank with “LIETUVOS” in panel at top and “PASTAS” in panel at bottom.
Panels at sides contain vertical lines.
Spacing very narrow.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000




Lithuania stamp type CB7A.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CB7B.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CB7C.jpg




CB7. Perm (MV).

Wide spacing like Type CB4 but “LIETUVOS” at top and “PASTAS” at bottom with sides blank.
Date vertical and value figures stacked.
A. Inscriptions 3.5 mm tall
B. Small inscriptions 2 mm tall
C. As B, but narrow spacing between TM and frank
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
















Lithuania stamp type CB8A.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CB8B.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CB8C.jpg




CB8. Perm (MV).

Similar to Type CB1 but the outer frame line is doubled, and the date and value figures are horizontal.
Considerable variation in date and value figures is found, especially in later impressions.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Intermediate spacing
C. Narrow spacing
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000


















Sub-group CC: Frank is rectangle[edit]




Lithuania stamp type CC1A.jpg
Lithuania stamp type CC1B.jpg



CC1. Perm (MV).

“LIETUVOS” at top, and “PASTAS” at bottom.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
A. Wide spacing
B. Narrow spacing
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Without town mark








Lithuania stamp type CC2.jpg



CC2. Perm (MV).

As Type CC1A but the date and value figures are horizontal.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000









Sub-group CD: Upright frank with simulated-perforations at top and left, straight lines at right and bottom[edit]



Lithuania stamp type CD1.jpg


CD1. Perm (MV).

Tall frank with “LIETUVOS” stacked at left and “PASTAS” stacked at right.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CD2.jpg


CD2. Perm (MV).

As Type CD1 but frank is not as tall.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CD3.jpg


CD3. Perm (MV).

As Type CD2 but with “LIETUVA” (instead of “LIETUVOS”) at left.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CD4.jpg


CD4. Perm (MV).

Frank without inscriptions, with small circles at top and bottom.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
TM: SC unengraved.
Can be identified by the slogan.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000





Lithuania stamp type CD5.jpg


CD5. Perm (MV).

Large frank with “LIETUVOS” at top and “PASTAS” in frame at bottom.
“Li” in panel at left, and “ct” in panel at right.
Very narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Value figures stacked and date figures vertical.
TM: SC with date in frame
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000







Sub-group CE: Frank is small horizontal octagon[edit]



Lithuania stamp type CE1.jpg


CE1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” series (MV).

“LIETUVOS” at top and “PASTAS” at bottom.
Meter number without prefix below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋000



Lithuania stamp type CE2.jpg


CE2. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” series (MV).

Very similar to Type CE1 but the value figures are larger.
Meter number without prefix below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000



Lithuania stamp type CE3.jpg


CE3. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” (digital).

As Types CE1 and 2 but value figures are narrower and spaced closer together.
Meter number with “F” prefix below frank.
Printed in cherry red.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≡000



Lithuania stamp type CE4.jpg


CE4. Pitney Bowes-GB “EasyMail” (digital).

“LIETUVOS” is wider than on previous CE types.
Two columns of numbers left of the town mark.
Meter number with “PB” prefix below frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ≋0000



Lithuania stamp type CE5.jpg


CE5. Franotyp-Postalia (digital).

Quite similar to Type CE3 but the frank is slightly larger and the value figures are boxy.
The date figures are thick and have no stops.
Meter number with "F" prefix below the frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000










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