International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Swaziland

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Swaziland[edit]

  • The first meter appeared in the early 1960s when the country was a British protectorate.
  • Meter stamps issued during the protectorate period are inscribed “SWAZILAND”. In 1968 the country achieved independence, and meter inscriptions were changed to “KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND”.
  • The stamps are grouped according to period of issue and inscription:
A - Issued under period of British protectorate, inscribed “SWAZILAND”
B - Issued since independence, inscribed “KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND”



GROUP A: First issued during period of British protectorate, inscribed “SWAZILAND” alone[edit]



Swaziland stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Neopost “105” (LV-6). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Upright frank with straight single-line border.
Crown and “EiiR” in center below country name.
M# with “NB” prefix, NB528 seen.
TM: BIC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2½, 3c



Swaziland stamp type A2.jpg


A2. Universal “Simplex” (LV-21). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight-line inner border.
Large crown at bottom center below value figure.
M# with “S” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
£sd values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 3, 4½, 7, 9D, =1/-
Decimal values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2½, 3, 3½, 5, 6, 7, 12½c


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A3. Universal “Simplex” (LV-21). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type A2 but without crown, blank at bottom center.
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: DC
Decimal values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2½, 3, 3½c



Swaziland stamp type A4A.jpg

A4. Pitney Bowes-GB “Simplex” (LV-21). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Small, square frank with large value figure in center.
M# with “S” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
A. Value figure wide, serifed (as pictured)
B. Value figure smaller, san-serif (not shown)
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 10c



Swaziland stamp type A5.jpg


A5. Universal “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type A4 but larger frank with narrower spacing.
M# with “UA” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00=



Swaziland stamp type A6.jpg


A6. Universal “Automax” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank with single line simulated perforation frame and no inner panels.
"POSTAGE" reads up at left, "REVENUE" reads down at right.
Meter number at lower right with "UA" prefix at lower left.
M# “UA 1” only seen.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg .00=




Swaziland stamp type A7.jpg


A7. Pitney Bowes “5000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Square frank with meter number in boxes below country name at top.
Value figures below level of date figures.
M# with “PBH” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 .00(½)



Swaziland stamp type A8.jpg


A8. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank similar to Type A6 but with panels at top and bottom and blank at sides.
Country name in top panel, “POSTAGE PAID” in bottom panel.
M# with “R” prefix (R 293 seen).
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0•00=




Swaziland stamp type A9.jpg


A9. Neopost “205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank with single straight-line border.
Country name in panel at top.
M# with “J” prefix at bottom (J 279 seen).
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0•00 –



Swaziland stamp type A10.jpg


A10. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Large square frank with double straight-line outer border and country name repeated in panels at top and bottom.
“POSTAGE PAID” vertical at both sides.
M# with “HAS” prefix above bottom panel.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00







GROUP B: Issues since independence in 1968, inscribed “KINGDOM OF SWAZILAND”[edit]

  • Note that stamps unaltered from the British protectorate period continued to be used well after 1968.


Swaziland stamp type B1.jpg


B1. Pitney Bowes-GB “Simplex” (LV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Similar to Type A4 but with revised country name and with line ornaments in the corners.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
One meter number seen, “P.B./S/3-75”.
TM: DC
Value seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 5



Swaziland stamp type B2A.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B2C.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B2B.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B2D.jpg



B2. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV).

Very similar to Type B1 but narrower spacing.
The corner ornaments vary in length from one meter to another.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
A. M# with “PBL” prefix
B. M# with “P.B.” prefix
C. M# with “SG” prefix
D. M# with “P.B./S/1-“ prefix (P.B./S/1-74 seen)
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.000




Swaziland stamp type B3.jpg

B3. Neopost “105” (LV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Upright frank with straight single-line border and value figure boxed in center.
“KINGDOM” in panel at top, “OF / SWAZILAND” below center box.
“POSTAGE” and “PAID” reading up at the sides.
M# with “NB” prefix flanking “OF”.
M#s 1469 and 1470 seen.
TM: DC
Values seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2, 3, 5, 10c



Swaziland stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Neopost “205” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type B3 but value inside inner panel that extends to right side, and “POSTAGE / PAID” reading downward at left.
M# with “J” prefix, J92 seen.
TM: DC with tall date figures
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 –




Swaziland stamp type B5A.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B5B.jpg



B5. Neopost “205” (MV).

As Types B3 and B4 but without inner box.
“KINGDOM OF” breaks top frame line. Inner frame line below “SWAZILAND” broken by small “POSTAGE PAID”.
Very small M# “H 169” at bottom.
A. M# “H 169” very small at bottom
B. Mailer’s name between and below M#. M# “RS 157” (USUTU/ PULP CO. LTD.) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0;00







Swaziland stamp type B6A.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B6B.jpg



B6. Neopost “2205” (MV).

Similar to Type B5 but wider frank.
Country name does not break top frame line.
“POSTAGE PAID” reads up at left.
A. M# “2 X 1323W”
B. Mailer’s name below M#. M# “2 X 1419W” (USUTU PULP CO. LTD)
TM: BIC with short date figures
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00






Swaziland stamp type B7.jpg

B7. Neopost “2205” (MV).

Frank tall and narrow.
Country name at both top and bottom.
“POSTAGE / PAID” reads up at left.
M# with “RS” prefix below country name at top.
One seen, RS 697.
TM: BIC MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00



Swaziland stamp type B8A.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B8B.jpg



B8. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Large frank with single straight-line border.
Country name at top, M# at bottom center.
A. “POSTAGE PAID” vertical at both sides. M# without prefix (2442 seen)
B. “POSTAGE PAID” at left only. M#s "G355017", “G66262” and “GN929N” seen
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00







Swaziland stamp type B9A.jpg
Swaziland stamp type B9B.jpg



B9. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank with simulated perforation border with enlarged corners.
“KINGDOM OF” at top and “SWAZILAND” at bottom.
M# with “ET” prefix in lower corners.
M#s 4056 and 4758 seen.
A. Frank 25½ mm tall (4056)
B. Frank 27 mm tall (4758)
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00





Swaziland stamp type B10.jpg


B10. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Horizontal frank with straight-line border, value figures boxed in center, and panel containing “KINGDOM OF” at top.
M# with “ET” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00



Swaziland stamp type B11.jpg

B11. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000” (MV).

Large frank with simulated perforation border.
“POSTAGE PAID” at top and repeated upside down at bottom.
Country name reads down at left.
M# also reading down inside country name.
M# 591306 seen.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00

NOTE: See the NOTE below Type B12.


Swaziland stamp type B12.jpg


B12. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000” (MV).

As Type B11 but the country inscription and meter number are at right rather than at left.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00




NOTE: Both the B11 and B12 stamp dies appear to have been mounted incorrectly in their respective machines so that the country name appears at the sides rather than at the bottom where it was most likely intended to be. Stamps from Francotyp-Postalia "EFS3000" machines probably exist with country inscription at bottom, but they have not been seen by or reported to us.




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