International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Portugal

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Portugal[edit]

  • All stamps are inscribed “PORTUGAL”.
  • The first meter was installed in 1950.
  • The stamps are grouped according to appearance and function as follows:
A - Circular frank
B - Semi-circular frank, flat on bottom
C - Rectangular frank, with or without complete outer border
D - Barrel shaped frank
E – Digital frank without outer border
PO - Franks generated by meters in Post Offices
PV - Publicly vended variable-rate automat stamps
OO - Stamps used only for Official government mail


  • The manufacturer and sometimes the meter model are identified in the stamp by a Roman numeral prefix to the meter number. This practice was faithfully applied in the early years of me-ter use but was partially displaced in later years when prefixes with the manufacturer's initials (U for Universal, P.B. for Pitney Bowes, K for Krag, etc) also appear.
  • Many stamps are missing from this catalog. Information is lacking for those with prefixes V, VIII, X, XII, XV, XVI, XXVI, XXVII, XXVIII, XXXI, XXXII, XXXIII, XXXV, XXXVI, XXXVII, XL, XLI, XLII, XLIII, and XLIV. Some of these may have been assigned to meter models considered but not released into the marketplace. Stamps with prefixes higher than XLV may also exist. Prefix X was reportedly used on four machines only, Satas or possibly Neopost.



GROUP A: Circular frank and town mark[edit]

(See also Group PO for stamps of similar appearance.)



Portugal stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1950.

Three groups of three horizontal dashes stacked between TM and frank.
Meter number prefix is Roman numeral “I” between the top two groups with the meter number between the lower two.
TM: DC
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a. Without “$” in value figures
b. Extremely wide spacing, 77 mm between TM and frank (I 038)





Portugal stamp type A2A.jpg
Portugal stamp type A2B.jpg



A2. Postalia (MV), 1950.

Meter number and prefix below and outside frank circle.
Meter number with “II” prefix.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00$00
B. Narrow spacing. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
TM: DC










Portugal stamp type A3A.jpg
Portugal stamp type A3B.jpg



A3. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1950.

As Type A1 but meter number with “III” prefix.
Value figures generally thicker at sides than at tops and bottoms.
A. Value figures wide
B. Value figures narrow
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00$00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00$oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00$0o MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000$00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000$oo









Portugal stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Universal “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Very similar to Type A3 but value figures are of uniform thickness.
Meter number also with “III” prefix. (Possibly an error – see Type A8.)
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo




Portugal stamp type A5B.jpg

A5. Roneo Neopost “205” (MV).

Small frank only 24 mm in diameter, and TM slightly larger.
Narrow spacing. “CORREIO DE PORTUGAL” across the top.
Meter number and prefix below and outside frank circle.
A. Meter number with “RN” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Meter number with “IV” prefix
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★ 00 .oo




Portugal stamp type A7A.jpg
Portugal stamp type A7B.jpg



A6. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1950. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Very similar to Type A2 but meter number with “VI” or “VII” prefix.: M# with “VII” prefix.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank
B. Narrow spacing
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00$00MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆0$00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆00.00











Type A7: NO STAMP. Types A6 and A7A in the original catalog were the same stamp.



Portugal stamp type A8.jpg


A8. Krag (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Large frank without five-shield logo at bottom.
M# with “K” prefix at lower left and right outside frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.oo





Portugal stamp type A9.jpg


A9. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV).

As Type A4 but the meter number and prefix appear below the frank.
M# with “IX” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo





Portugal stamp type A10A.jpg
Portugal stamp type A10B.jpg



A10. Frama (MV).

Similar to Type A9 with medium spacing but TM is larger.
M# wth “XI” prefix.
Value figures large and thick with small, narrow “$”.
A. Frank ~28 mm in diameter.
B. Large frank ~32 mm in diameter
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00$00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000$00
a. Value figures without “$”: 00000








Portugal stamp type A11A.jpg
Portugal stamp type A11B.jpg



A11. Hasler “F88” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type A1 but value figures different, and M# below and outside frank.
M# with “XIII” prefix.
A. Spacing very wide
B. Spacing medium
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇0,oo











Portugal stamp type A12.jpg


A12. Postalia (MV).

Relatively small frank, 25-26 mm in diameter.
M# with “XX” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00









GROUP B: Semi-circular frank, flat on bottom[edit]


Portugal stamp type B1A.jpg

B1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

CORREIOS DE/PORTUGAL” in arc across top.
Value figures lower than date figures.
With inner box around value figures open at top.
M# and prefix low between TM and frank.
A. M# with “P.B.” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
B. M# with “XIV” prefix MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg0.00




Portugal stamp type B2A.jpg
Portugal stamp type B2B.jpg



B2. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV), 1983.

Similar to Type B1 but box around value figures closed at top and open at right.
With “CTVS” vertical at right of value figures.
M# at lower right of frank with prefix between TM and frank.
A. M# with “PB” or “P.B.” prefix
B. M# with “XIV” prefix
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg00.oo
a. V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg00.o0





Portugal stamp type B3.jpg


B3. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV), 1983. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Very similar to Type B2 but without “CTVS” vertical at right.
M# with “XIV” prefix
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg000oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg000.00









GROUP C: Rectangular frank[edit]


SUB-GROUP CA: Franks with complete outer border[edit]



Portugal stamp type CA1.jpg


CA1. Neopost “205” (MV).

Square frank with “CORREIO DE/ PORTUGAL” at top.
M# with “IV” prefix at lower right.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00





Portugal stamp type CA2A.jpg
Portugal stamp type CA2C.jpg
Portugal stamp type CA2B.jpg
Portugal stamp type CA2D.jpg



CA2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Frank 34 x 28 mm. “CORREIO DE” at top, and “PORTUGAL” at bottom.
M# prefix at top left and M# at bottom left.
A. Blank at top left. M# with “H” prefix at bottom left. (H002) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. “H” at top left, M# at bottom left MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
C. “XVIII” at top left, M# at bottom left
D. “XXXIV” at top left, M# at bottom left
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000.0







Portugal stamp type CA3.jpg


CA3. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank 30 x 23-24 mm.
“CORREIO DE/ PORTUGAL” at top.
M# with “XXI” prefix at bottom.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000·00




Portugal stamp type CA4A.jpg
Portugal stamp type CA4C.jpg
Portugal stamp type CA4B.jpg
Portugal stamp type CA4D.jpg



CA4. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Similar to Type CA3 but slightly taller and narrower at 28-29 x 25 mm.
The date figures have more space between month and year than with Type CA3.
A. M# prefix “XVII”
B. M# prefix “XXIII”
C. M# prefix “XXIV”
D. M# prefix “XXX”
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat triad.jpg000.00







Portugal stamp type CA5.jpg


CA5. Frama “EPS” (MV), 2003.

“Portugal” reads up at right.
Post rider in upper left corner left of “CTT/CORREIOS”.
Denominated in Euros.
M# with “XI” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€00,00





Portugal stamp type CA6.jpg


CA6. Hasler "Mailmaster" (MV).

As Type CA5 but the post rider is above "CTT"
The frank is square.
M# with “XVIII” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 00,00






Portugal stamp type CA7.jpg


CA7. Pitney Bowes "A/B900" (MV).

Similar to Type CA6 but the frank is wider than tall and has larger value figures.
M# with “XXXVIII” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg 0.00





Portugal stamp type CA8.jpg


CA8. Uncertain, possibly Francotyp-Postalia "EFS 3000/ NEF 300" (MV).

Square frank like Type CA6 but the value figures are more oval (most noticeable in the zeros).
M# with “XXXIX” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 00,00





Portugal stamp type CA9.jpg


CA9. Frama "Sensonic" (digital).

As Types CA6-8 but with town mark much closer to the frank.
The value figures are quite large.
M# with “XLV” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 00,00










SUB-GROUP CB: Franks without outer border[edit]



Portugal stamp type CB1A.jpg
Portugal stamp type CB1B.jpg



CB1. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV).

Frank made of mostly of horizontal lines except for the inscriptions and logo in upper left.
Horizontal frame dashes at right complete.
M# with “XXV” prefix breaks bottom two lines.
A. Horizontal frame dashes at right complete. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.oo
B. Right frame lines broken by the value figures. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgV/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg0000.00
TM: DC












GROUP D: Barrel-shaped frank[edit]


Portugal stamp type D1.jpg


D1. Satas (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Barrel shape frank round at top and bottom and flat on the sides.
M# with “XIX” prefix in lower corners outside frame.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000.oo








GROUP E: Digital frank without outer border[edit]


Portugal stamp type E1.jpg

E1. Pitney Bowes (digital).

Post rider above "ctt" at top left next to country name above post code.
Value figures at top right.
2D bar-code at bottom left.
At bottom right are the date, "CTT" and transaction number, the meter number with "PB" prefix.
With or without mail class appearing at top center left.
Printed in blue.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg €000.00









GROUP PO: Special stamps used only in Post Offices[edit]


SUB-GROUP PO-A: Stamps with circular franks[edit]



Portugal stamp type PO-A1.jpg


PO-A1. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV), 1950. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Circular frank and TM enclosed within greater rectangular border.
Town mark reads “ENCOMENDAS/ POSTAIS/ LISBOA” with 4-digit transaction counter number above and the date below.
Without M# but with “III” in center of column of dashes between TM and frank.
One meter known, but in use for decades.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000$oo





Portugal stamp type PO-A1point1.jpg


PO-A1.1. Universal “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Similar to Type PO-A1, but with different arrangement of text at left and center.
“POSTAIS/ PORTO” at bottom center below a solid block and three lines.
The town/date box at left does not have a separate inner frame line.
The transaction counter number has 5 digits.
With “ESC” and “CTVS” at sides of logo at bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=00.oo




Portugal stamp type PO-A2.jpg

PO-A2. Satas (MV), 1960.

Small circular frank similar to Type A4, but “CORREIO DE” at top and “PORTUGAL” at bottom.
M# inside frank below value figures.
Hour figure between frank and TM.
M# 001 up without prefix.
A. M# without prefix
B. M# with “S” prefix (S.08 seen) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0.oo




Portugal stamp type PO-A3A.jpg
Portugal stamp type PO-A3B.jpg



PO-A3. Francotyp “Taxograph” (MV), 1964.

Circular frank with small identification number at immediate left, often found with a small circle above or below.
Value figures very narrow.
Printed only on labels, never directly to the mail piece.
A. Blank between TM and frank except for ID number
B. With boxed “R” and “REGISTRADO” between TM and frank
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆00$00
a. With “AVIÃO” below TM (for air mail).
b. With “EXPRESSO” below TM (for express mail).


NOTES:

  • Other directional slugs besides those identified at a and b probably exist.
  • Stamps of this type without the circular frame around the frank are receipts.














SUB-GROUP PO-B: Franks imprinted on self-adhesive labels with underprint[edit]


  • The Postal service is identified in the pre-printed label design and is not included in the point-of-sale data.
  • As of 2013, seven different underprint designs have been seen. The labels all have slit perforations down the center. On some the perforations run completely through the stamp while on others they appear only at the top and bottom. The basic labels are as follows:

Portugal stamp type PO-B label A.jpg



A - Post rider in oval and “CORREIOS E TELECOMUNICACOES DE PORTUGAL” in echelon (5 lines) (1990)




Portugal stamp type PO-B label B.jpg



B - Lines of post riders alternating with lines of “CORREIOS DE PORTUGAL” (7 or 8 lines) (1991)





Portugal stamp type PO-B label C.jpg



C - Post rider (not in oval) and “CORREIOS DE PORTUGAL” in echelon (4 lines) (1992). Known in tan and in pink.





Portugal stamp type PO-B label D.jpg



D - One line at top: post rider and “CORREIOS DE PORTUGAL. (1995)





Portugal stamp type PO-B label E1.jpg



E1 - One line at top: post rider and “CTT CORREIOS”. (1995). Found in pink and in red-brown.





Portugal stamp type PO-B label E2.jpg



E2 – As E1 but "cttcorreios", lower case, no space.





Portugal stamp type PO-B label F.jpg



F – As E2 but "ctt" alone without "CORREOS"






  • Regarding the stamp data added at point-of-sale data, all have a service indicator at top right. Most frequently seen is “FRANQUIA” but “R” and number (for registered mail) is common. Other service indicators such as “CORREIO AZUL INT” are less common.
  • Another service indicator often appears reading up at left. “PRIORITY” and “ECONOMY” have been seen.
  • It appears five different brands or models of machines have been used. Since we have not yet learned their names they are identified here as machines A, B, C, D, and E.


Portugal stamp type PO-B1.jpg


PO-B1. Machine A (MV), 1990. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Date above value figures at right.
Post office identification and machine number, with “EMP” prefix, at left.
Alphanumeric characters are non-digital with smooth rounds and diagonals.
Seen with papers A, B and C.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(000)0.00




Portugal stamp type PO-B2.jpg


PO-B2. Machine B (digital), 1990. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Format as for Type PO-B1 but digital alphanumeric characters with stepped (jagged) rounds and diagonals.
The letter “A” is shaped like a silo, with parallel sides and a pointed cap. The number “1” is footed.
The date is wider than with type PO-B1.
Seen with papers A and B.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(000)0.00




Portugal stamp type PO-B3A.png
Portugal stamp type PO-B3B.jpg



PO-B3. Machine C (digital), 1998.

As Type PO-B2 but lettering is narrower. Often with “PRIORITY” vertical at far left.
Stepped, jagged rounds and diagonals as with type PO-B2 but the letter “A” has sloping sides.
The number “1” has no foot.
The date is quite narrow and appears lower on the stamp than with types PO-B1 and -B2.
Seen with papers D and E.
A. Stamp for regular mail
B. Stamp for registered mail
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(000)0.00







Portugal stamp type PO-B4.jpg


PO-B4. Machine A (MV), 1992. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

The value figures are at bottom left, and the identification number, with “EMP” prefix, is at bottom right.
Alphanumeric characters have smooth rounds and diagonals.
Seen with papers B and C.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(000)0.00





Portugal stamp type PO-B5.jpg

PO-B5. Machine B (digital), 1992. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Arrangement of text as with Type PO-B4 but printed by machine "B".
The characters have stepped (jagged) rounds and diagonals.
The letter “A” has parallel sides. The number “1” is footed.
Seen with papers B and E.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(000)0.00
a. Used for registration, without barcode




Portugal stamp type PO-B6.jpg

PO-B6. Machine C (digital), 1993.

As Types PO-B4 and -B5 but printed by Machine "C".
Characters with stepped, jagged rounds and diagonals.
The letter “A” has sloping sides. The number “1” has no foot.
Date and machine number figures are narrow.
Seen with papers B, C, D and E.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg(000)0.00




Portugal stamp type PO-B7A.jpg
Portugal stamp type PO-B7B.jpg




PO-B7. Machine C (digital), 2000.

The value figures appear at top right, and the machine number with “EMP” prefix is found at lower left.
A. Value figures in Escudos ($ suffix) above Euros (“EUR” prefix)
B. Value figures as "EUR 0,00"
C. Value figures as "€ 0,00" (not shown)
Seen with paper E.









Portugal stamp type PO-B8A.jpg
Portugal stamp type PO-B8C.jpg
Portugal stamp type PO-B8B.jpg
Portugal stamp type PO-B8D.jpg



PO-B8. Machine C (digital), 1995.

As Type PO-B7 but used for registered mail and showing a barcode.
The machine number with “EMP” prefix appears above the date at top center.
“R” and number at top left.
Seen with papers D, E1 and E2.
A. Value figures as (000)0.0
B. Value figures in Escudos ($ suffix) above Euros (“EUR” prefix)
C. Value figures as "EUR 0,00"
D. Value figures as "€ 0,00"


a. Without bar code but used on registered mail







Portugal stamp type PO-B9.jpg

PO-B9. Machine D (digital).

Lettering is smooth as with Machine A stamps (PO-B1, PO-B4) but the letters are narrower.
The identification number has no "EMP" prefix and appears as 00-000000 at bottom center.
A larger 7-digit number appears at bottom left.
Denominated in Euros at top right.
Seen with paper E1 (and probably can be found on E2 and F as well).
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 0,00




Portugal stamp type PO-B10.jpg


PO-B10. Machine C (digital).

Arrangement of text as with Type PO-B9 but characters are typical of machine "C" – jagged rounds and diagonals.
Seen with paper E1 (and probably can be found on E2 and F as well).
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 0,00




Portugal stamp type PO-B11.jpg


PO-B11. Machine E (digital).

Smooth lettering as with Machine D stamps (PO-B10) but the value figures are much smaller.
All examples we have seen have the registration bar code.
The assumption is that non-registered stamps exist.
Seen with papers E1, E2, and F.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 0,00









SUB-GROUP PO-C Stamps with rectangular franks[edit]



Portugal stamp type PO-C1.jpg

PO-C1. Neopost "Electronic" (MV).

Frank is similar to Type CA4 but has "CTT CORREIOS" at top and "PORTUGAL" reading up at right.
ID number with “XXIX” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat triad.jpg 0,00





Portugal stamp type PO-C2.jpg


PO-C2. Neopost? (digital).

Frank with post rider and “CTT CORREIOS” at top center, “PORTUGAL” reading up at right.
ID number with “N” prefix reads up at left.
“EMP” and number across bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 00,00








GROUP PV: Variable-rate stamps from public-access vending machines[edit]


Portugal stamp type PV1A.jpg
Portugal stamp type PV1B.jpg

PV1. Olivetti “Automatic Postal Terminal” (digital ink jet), 1993. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite scarce. Value uncertain]

Rectangular frank and circular TM with seven horizontal lines connecting them and also extruding at each end.
At the top of the frank are the machine number prefix “XVI” and "CORREIO DE".
At the bottom are the machine number "154" and "PORTUGAL".
The top and bottom of the town mark is blank with “CTT” in a semicircle above the date.
The date and value figures run through the center and possibly are applied separately from the rest of the stamp.
TM: SC with inner semicircles
Printed in black.
The stamps are applied to labels that vary according to the service purchased:
A. Express mail label with “EMS” at upper left
B. Registered mail label with “R” and number in box at left
C. Parcel Post option existed but we have not seen the stamp
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgØØØ. Ø
a. Demonstration stamps exist (see the note below). The do not have "XVI" and a machine number.


NOTES:

  • The illustrations are approximate. The exact size of the stamp is unknown.
  • A single machine was in use starting in late 1993 at an unknown location. It was later installed at a Postal Mechanism exhibition from 27 January to 29 March 1995 and was then returned to public use in September at the Restauradores post office in Lisbon. At some later date (unknown) it was moved to the Communications Museum where it may still reside.
  • While in Restauradores it may have been used only for franking Express and Registered mail plus parcel post. In the museum it was modified to print variable rate postage of any sort, both on labels or directly to covers.
  • More information is needed about this stamp.








GROUP OO: Stamps used only for Official government mail[edit]


Portugal stamp type OO1.jpg

OO1. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

Used for Military Official mail.
Circular frank inscribed “SERVICO POSTAL MILITAR”.
Town mark has "CORREIOS" at top and “E.P.M.” plus number at bottom.
One example seen from 1970.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆00$00








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