International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone[edit]

  • The first meters appeared in the early 1950s.
  • All stamps are inscribed “SIERRA LEONE” in the frank.
  • They are grouped according to the political situation at time of issue:
A - During period of British Protectorate
B - Since independence in 1961




GROUP A: Issues of the British Protectorate, with crown and “EIIR” logo, and denominated in £sd[edit]



Sierra Leone stamp type A1.jpg


A1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1950s. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite scarce, but value uncertain]

Upright frank with simulated-perforation outer frame line and straight inner frame line.
Inner box around value figures with crown over “EIIR” and rays at bottom.
“POST” reading up in panel at left, and “PAID” reading down in panel at right.
M# with “U” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
F/V: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0/0 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00/00(½)





Sierra Leone stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Frank similar to Type A1 but smaller.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
“POST PAID” in arc above value figure.
M# with “S” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ½ , 3, 7½, 10½D




Sierra Leone stamp type A3.jpg


A3. Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite scarce. Value uncertain]

As Type A2 but with small crown beneath country name at top and dash in panel at bottom center.
M# with “S” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
Value seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg10½, 11½D

NOTE: This stamp may be an essay. We have not seen examples used on actual mail.




Sierra Leone stamp type A4.jpg


A4. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Large frank as Type A1 but with small crown over “EIIR” at bottom.
Very small “POST PAID” above country name at top.
M# with “RN” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
F/V: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0/0=







GROUP B: Issues since independence in 1961, without logo of the British monarch, denominated in cents[edit]

  • Some meters with unaltered stamps from the pre-independence period continued to be used after 1961.
  • Political and social turbulence starting in the early 1990s appear to have eliminated the use of postage meters. Inflation has also rendered the Cent obsolete. Any new meter stamps that may appear would probably be denominated in ‘leones’.





Sierra Leone stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Pitney Bowes “Simplex” (LV-25). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type A2 but without British monarch logo at top and with “CENTS” below value figures.
M# with “S” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg7, 10, 25




Sierra Leone stamp type B2.jpg


B2. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type A4 but frank with straight line outer frame line and with coat of arms logo at bottom center.
M# with “RN” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
F/V: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00=
a. TM ring solid, unengraved
b. M# block at lower right solid, unengraved




Sierra Leone stamp type B3.jpg

B3. Neopost “405/505” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Horizontal frank, otherwise similar to Type B2
M# with “RN” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
Spacing somewhat variable between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
F/V: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000