International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Philippines

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The Philippines[edit]

  • The first meter was installed in 1928 while the country was a Commonwealth of the United States. The country became an independent republic in 1946.
  • Stamp designs issued during the Commonwealth are inscribed “P. I. POSTAGE” while those issued since 1946 are inscribed “REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES” and more recently “PILIPINAS”.
  • The stamps are grouped according to political conditions and use:
A - Stamps issued during Commonwealth period
B - Stamps issued since independence
PO - Special stamps used only in Post Offices



GROUP A: Stamps issued during the country’s status as a Commonwealth of the United States[edit]


Philippines stamp type A1.jpg


A1. Pitney Bowes “HF” (FV-5), 1929. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As United States Type DB1 but with “P. I. POSTAGE” at top and “CTVOS” at the top of the oval.
M# with “METER NO.” prefix, M#s 15471 and 15473 known.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2, 4, 10¢




Philippines stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Pitney Bowes “HF” (FV-5). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A1 but M# with “METER” prefix.
M#s 15474, 16043, 16142 and 16149 known.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2, 4, 10, 20, 50¢




Philippines stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Pitney Bowes “HF” (FV-5). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type A1 but M# with “P.B.METER” prefix.
M#s 16152 and 16153 known.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg2, 4, 10, 20¢




Philippines stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Pitney Bowes “HX” (LV-10), 1933. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As United States Type DC1 but with “P. I. POSTAGE” at top.
M# with “METER NO.” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg.02, .04, .06, .10, .12, .16, .50, 1.00




Philippines stamp type A5.jpg
Philippines stamp type A5aa.jpg


A5. Pitney Bowes “HX” (LV-10).

As Type A4 but M# with “P.B.METER” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg.02, .04, .06, .08, .10, .12, .16, .20, .50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .14, 1.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .32, .40, .48 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
a. Town mark reads “ANNISTON / ALA”. M# 87904 used in error in the United States. One example known dated 1 September 1936 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare. Value uncertain]




Philippines stamp type A6.jpg


A6. Pitney Bowes “JD” (MV), 1940. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As United States Type G1 but with “POSTAGE” (without “U.S.”) above “PAID” and with “PESOS” and “CENTAVOS” stacked at sides of the value figures.
M# below eagle with “P.B.METER” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★ 00







GROUP B: Stamps issued in anticipation of or since gaining independence in 1949[edit]



Philippines stamp type B1.jpg

B1. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1948.

Horizontal frank with straight-line border within the simulated-perforation frame line.
“POSTAGE” at bottom between two small rectangles.
M# preceded by “Nr.” below frank.
TM: SC, BIC large (27 mm) with stars at sides. “a.m.” or “p.m.” after date
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇0,oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,oo◇ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇00.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇00.oo
a. Without M#, blank below frank
b. Small TM (23 mm) without stars
c. Without “a.m.” or “p.m.” after date.




Philippines stamp type B2.jpg

B2. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV), 1947.

Open design without outer complete outer frame line and with the town mark merged into the frank.
“REPUBLIC OF THE PHILIPPINES” across the top, and three stars along the right side.
Between the TM and the value box are two sets of two horizontal bars with the meter number below.
No line between “POSTAGE” and value box.
M# with “P.B. METER” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg 00 :
a. V/F without colon: MeterCat triad.jpg00



Philippines stamp type B3.jpg

B3. Pitney Bowes “DM” (LV-20), 1952.

Small open design without complete outer frame.
As Type B2 but with feather between TM and value box.
M# with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10, 15, 20 seen (probably all values 1¢ through 20¢)




Philippines stamp type B4.jpg

B4. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV), 1961.

Nearly square frank with simulated-perforations outer frame, “REPUBLIC OF THE / PHILIPPINES” across the top.
Small “PESOS” below value figures.
"POSTAGE" left justified at bottom.
M# with "P.B." prefix below frank
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo
a. Post Office stamp, with “P.O.” in the town mark





Philippines stamp type B5.jpg

B5. Pitney Bowes “5300” (MV), 1960s.

Similar to Type B2 but value box is wider with line across top.
M# with “P.B. METER” prefix.
TM: SC, or DC (DC is uncommon)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00
a. Post Office stamp, with “P.O.” in the town mark




Philippines stamp type B6.jpg

B6. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Large horizontal frank with straight-line border.
“REPUBLIC OF/THE PHILIPPINES” in panel at top, “POSTAGE” and meter number in panel at bottom.
M# with “H” prefix.
TM: DC, SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. Post Office stamp, with “P.O.” in the town mark




NOTE: Types B7 through B10 were catalogued as Types PO-C1 through PO-C4 in the original catalog. Despite the presence of “POST OFFICE” or “CPO” in the town mark or "P.O." prefix to the identification number, they are from regular private use postage meters.


Philippines stamp type B7.jpg

B7. Postalia “D2” (MV), 1973.

Frank somewhat wider than tall with large simulated-perforation outer border and straight-line inner border.
"REPUBLIC OF THE / PHILIPPINES" in top panel.
"POSTAGE" in box at lower left with meter number with "P.O. prefix at lower right.
TM: DC with inner circle truncated at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000
a. With right frame line of value box removed, and a zero added at far right of value figures
b. M# unengraved block



Philippines stamp type B8.jpg


B8. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV).

Frank does not have a straight-line inner border.
Four stars along left and right sides.
M# with "P.B." prefix at bottom above "POSTAGE".
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg=00.oo



Philippines stamp type B9.jpg


B9. Pitney-Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Frank similar to Type B4 but much wider.
M# with or without “P.B.” prefix at bottom left with “POSTAGE” at bottom right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00
a. “POST OFFICE” in town mark
b. “C.C.P.O.” in town mark



Philippines stamp type B10.jpg

B10. Pitney-Bowes-GB “6600” (MV).

Frank similar to Type B9 but larger.
M# with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00
a. “C.P.O.” in town mark









GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by machines at post offices[edit]

SUB-GROUP PO-A: Franks with ornamental border[edit]



Philippines stamp type PO-A1.jpg


PO-A1. NCR (MV), 1928. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Exceptionally rare with only a few examples known. Value uncertain]
Narrow vertical label, plain white (possibly pale brown), straight at the sides and with teeth at top and bottom.
Text printed in purple as follows:
"Postage Paid" above a facsimile of the signature of Jose Topacio (director of the Philippine Bureau of Posts)
"R3 -" value figures
"MANILA, / P.I."
3-digit transaction number, month and day
The stamps were available for about ten months only, from February to November, 1928.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00
NOTE: Documents exist that state this stamp was generated by a self-service vending machine installed in the lobby of the post office. Based on the facts that NCR is not known to have made vending machines and the stamps closely resemble those from NCR machines used in Canada around the same time for collecting Postage Due and franking parcel post (Canada types PD1, PP1-4), they are cataloged here as Post Office rather than vending machine stamps.










SUB-GROUP PO-B: Franks with ornamental border[edit]



Philippines stamp type PO-B1A.jpg

PO-B1. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV), 1972.

Horizontal frank with border resembling bamboo sections.
Fluted column at left.
Inscribed “PILIPINAS / POSTAGE” at top.
P# at bottom left, with or without “P” prefix.
M# at bottom right with “M” prefix.
With inspirational word below the column.
A. FAITH
B. HOPE
C. CHARITY
D. PEACE
E. JUSTICE
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo
a. Blank at bottom left; without “P” (permit) number



Philippines stamp type PO-B2.jpg

PO-B2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV).

Very similar to Type PO-B1 but with line under “PILIPINAS” and above meter number.
Number at bottom left, often with “P” prefix.
M# at bottom right with “M” prefix.
Date figures without stops.
With inspirational word below the column.
A. FAITH
B. HOPE
C. CHARITY
D. PEACE
E. JUSTICE (not seen by authors but presumed to exist)
F. blank, no word
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo



Philippines stamp type PO-B3.jpg


PO-B3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Nearly identical to Type PO-B2 except for the date and value figures.
The date figures have stops after D and M.
The value figures are of equal height.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Number with “N” prefix vertical left of TM




Philippines stamp type PO-B4.jpg

PO-B4. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Types PO-B2 and -B3 but frank much shorter and wide.
Meter number without prefix below the column.
Date raised in relation to value figures.
Line above meter number.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00




Philippines stamp type PO-B5.jpg

PO-B5. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type PO-B4 but "POSTAGE" is at bottom right.
Date and value figures on same level and without interior lines.
No line above meter number.
TM: DC, often with solid inner circle except for square around date.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00




Philippines stamp type PO-B6.jpg

PO-B6. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Smaller frank, nearly square.
Bamboo style border is thinner than earlier PO-B types.
Column at left is tall and narrow.
M# with “SE” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg000




Philippines stamp type PO-B7.jpg

PO-B7. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Large horizontal frank with delicate ornamental border.
Value figures same height as with PO-B3.
“PILIPINAS / POSTAGE” at top right.
Tall fluted column at left.
Inscribed “USE / ZIP CODE” at bottom, left of the M#.
M# with “M” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00
a. With “PERMIT” or “P-“ number at base of TM








SUB-GROUP PO-C: Open frank without complete outer border[edit]



Philippines stamp type PO-C1.jpg

PO-C1. Pitney Bowes-GB "5000" (MV).

Similar to Type B5 but "REPUBLIC" is above "OF THE" rather than in line with it.
The "E" of "POSTAGE" is below the "S" of 'PHILIPPINES".
M# with "P.B. METER" prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg00.00
a. With a zero added at right replacing that side of the value box
b. Solid block in place of a meter number (shown)




Philippines stamp type PO-C2.jpg

PO-C2. Pitney Bowes-GB "5000" (MV).

As Type PO-C1 the the value box is much wider.
The "E" of "POSTAGE" is centered below "ES" of 'PHILIPPINES".
M# with "P.B. METER" prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg00.00








SUB-GROUP PO-D: Digital franks[edit]



Philippines stamp type PO-D1.jpg

PO-D1. Uncertain (digital), late 1990s.

Simple design printed in black on plain white self-adhesive labels.
“PILIPINAS” at top right, "Philippine / Postal / Corporation" at top center.
At upper left is a boxed flag-like logo.
An identification number, post office name, and date are in a larger box at center left.
Value figures at center right.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00










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