International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Papua New Guinea

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Papua New Guinea[edit]

  • The first meters appeared in 1958.
  • License numbers, with “PN” or similar prefix, were used from 1958 to 1972. Meter numbers replaced license number during the conversion from sterling to decimal currency in 1966.
  • Unless noted, all stamps are in red.
  • Sterling (£sd) currency was in effect from 1958 to 1966 and decimal currency thereafter.
  • The stamps are grouped as follows:
A - United Nations trusteeship period, with “PAPUA & NEW GUINEA” in the frank
B - Independent state from 1975, with “PAPUA NEW GUINEA” or “PNG” in the frank
C - Australia franks used in Papua New Guinea without alteration
PO - Stamps generated only by special Post Office machines
  • More detailed information about the meter stamps of Papua New Guinea can be found at the website of the Interessengemeinschaft Neuguinea (New Guinea community of interests): i-ng.org



GROUP A: Stamps first issued during United Nations trusteeship, 1958 – 1975[edit]

  • All stamps inscribed “PAPUA & NEW GUINEA”.
  • In 1966 there were 19 users of postage meters whose machines needed to be converted from sterling to decimal currency. All the machines were withdrawn from service and sent to Australia for the conversion and then returned to the country. The affected meter holders were issued small provisional hand stamps to serve during the interim. The hand stamps read in two lines "Postage Paid PN [#] / [town] T.P. & N.G.". Examples are scarce as the mailers found them cumbersome to use.




Papua New Guinea stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1958.

Wide frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight line inner border enclosing town mark.
Bird of Paradise image at center.
Value figures are of variable thickness.
L# with “PN” prefix at lower right.
TM: SL at upper left.
V/F £sd currency: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/0
V/F Decimal currency: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]




Papua New Guinea stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Universal “Automax” (MV).

Nearly identical to Type A1, most easily differentiated by the value figures which are of uniform thickness.
L# with “PN” prefix.
TM: SL
V/F £sd currency: 0/o= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/o= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
V/F Decimal currency: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]





Papua New Guinea stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Nearly square frank with straight line border.
Value figure inside circle at center with Birds of Paradise ornaments at sides.
L# with “PN” prefix.
TM: DC, SC
V/F £sd values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ½D to 2/=
V/F Decimal values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .01 to .25




Papua New Guinea stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Universal “Automax” (MV).

Very similar to Type A3 but frank is larger and spacing between TM and frank is narrower.
L# with “PN” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F £sd currency: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg =0/o= MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
V/F Decimal currency: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
a. With "T." chiseled out of "T.P.N.G." at the bottom of the town mark (done when the country gained independence and was no longer a territory)



Papua New Guinea stamp type A5A.jpg
Papua New Guinea stamp type A5B.jpg



A5. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Wide frank without outer frame line.
Bird of Paradise over map of the country between TM and value box.
M# with “P.B.” prefix below central design.
A. Map of country open at left next to the town mark
B. Map of country with border at left
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00













GROUP B: Independent state from 1975, with “PAPUA NEW GUINEA” or “PNG” in the frank[edit]


Papua New Guinea stamp type B1B.jpg

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

As Type A5 but with “&” removed from country name.
M# with “P.B.” prefix below central design.
A. Map of country open at left next to the town mark (not shown)
B. Map of country with border at left
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00
a. With “T.P.N.G.” (Territory of Papua New Guinea) at bottom of TM (error)




Papua New Guinea stamp type B2.jpg


B2. Neopost “205/2205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Nearly square frank without outer frame line.
Country name in scroll at top, Birds of Paradise at sides, “POSTAGE PAID” above meter number at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00
a. Printed in purple (M# 606P)




Papua New Guinea stamp type B3.jpg


B3. Neopost “2205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

As Type B2 but with bottom half removed (birds of paradise, “POSTAGE PAID”, and M#).
One meter known with TM: “LAE/ PNG”
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00






Papua New Guinea stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Very similar to Type B2 but wider.
M# B1792 known.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00•00




Papua New Guinea stamp type B5.jpg


B5. Neopost “205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Without outer frame line.
Country name straight across top, ornamental work at sides, “POSTAGE PAID” above M# at bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00




Papua New Guinea stamp type B6A.jpg
Papua New Guinea stamp type B6B.jpg



B6. Neopost “2205” (MV).

Similar to Type B5 but country name as “PNG” and floral ornaments at sides.
A. Inscribed “PNG” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Inscribed “P.N.G.” in larger, thick letters MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00









Papua New Guinea stamp type B7.jpg

B7. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV).

Horizontal frank with unframed country name at top above “POSTAGE PAID”.
Value box with ornamental borders and top and sides and simple straight line below.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
M# with “PB” prefix low between TM and frank.
TM: DC, SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00
a. Printed in brown




Papua New Guinea stamp type B8.jpg

B8. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type B7 but date and value figures are on same level.
M# inside value box below value figures.
TM: DC or SC with thick or thin circles.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00
a. Printed in green
b. Value figures only without frame (possibly illegal use of an unsanctioned machine)




Papua New Guinea stamp type B9A.jpg
Papua New Guinea stamp type B9B.jpg



B9. Satas “Baby” (MV).

Square frank with simulated perforation outer border.
“SATAS” at bottom above M#.
This was originally an Australian frank that has had the country name changed or removed at top.
A. “P.N.G.” at top of frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. Frank blank at top, “PNG” at bottom of TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00







Papua New Guinea stamp type B10.jpg

B10. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Horizontal frank with straight line border.
Country name in top panel with open sides.
“POSTAGE PAID” in bottom panel above M# which breaks bottom frame line.
Two vertical lines in side panels.
M# with “H” prefix.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Meter number without prefix (632883T)




Papua New Guinea stamp type B11A.jpg
Papua New Guinea stamp type B11B.jpg



B11. Satas/Neopost “Electronic” (LV).

As Australia Type H3 but with “PAPUA NEW GUINEA” replacing “AUSTRALIA” and sheep image at top.
M# frameless, at bottom of frank.
A. M# with "TAC" pefix
B. M# without prefix
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg000











GROUP C: Australia franks used in Papua New Guinea without alteration[edit]




Papua New Guinea stamp type C1.jpg


C1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]

Australia Type EB1 with town mark “YOMBA/ PNG”.
M# P.B. 6457 known.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00

NOTE: A similar stamp with TM containing “RABAUL” has been reported.









GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by special Post Office machines[edit]


Papua New Guinea stamp type PO1.jpg


PO1. National Cash Register (MV), 1968. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]

White gummed tape imprinted with “POSTAGE PAID” above town name.
Three known: “PORT MORESBY, N.G.", "RABAUL, N.G.", and "MADANG, N.G." with the latter two being scarcer that the first.
Across the bottom are the date and value figures.
Printed in red or purple.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000






Papua New Guinea stamp type PO2.jpg


PO2. HyTech “Combined Scale Calculator” (digital), 1995. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Design 1: open design with Bird of Paradise and “PNG” logo at left and bar code at right.
The country name is across bottom.
Transaction number/ date/ time and meter number at top center above the value figures.
Four machines known used.
Printed in black on plain gummed tape.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgK0.00




Papua New Guinea stamp type PO3.jpg
Papua New Guinea stamp type PO3bc.jpg


PO3. HyTech (digital).

Design 2: Similar to Type PO2 but with “P” in solid circle replacing Bird of Paradise logo.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgK0.00
a. With “PAR AVION” beneath the logo
b. With “REGISTERED” and number at base (includes three diagonal bars at left)
c. Printed on "butterfly" paper in wide strip at left





Papua New Guinea stamp type PO4 actual.jpg
Papua New Guinea stamp type PO4.jpg


PO4. HyTech (digital). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Design 3: Similar to Types PO2 and PO3 but without logo at left.
Country name stacked in three lines, "PAPUA" / "NEW" / "GUINEA" at bottom.
Transaction number at top without date, time or meter number.
Normally printed on plain white paper
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgK0.00
a. With “PAR AVION” beneath the logo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare]
b. With “REGISTERED” and number at base (includes three diagonal bars at left)
c. Printed on "butterfly" paper in wide strip at left (shown at right) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]











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