International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Switzerland

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Switzerland[edit]

  • The first meter was installed in 1923.
  • All franks contain “HELVETIA”.
  • Frank dies are designed and furnished by postal authorities rather than meter manufacturers. Although these designs are changed periodically, within each design period all stamps closely resemble each other, and this often makes accurate identification a challenge.
  • Native meter manufacturers in Switzerland: Frama, Franco, Francopost, Hasler, and Safag.
  • Swiss meter stamps were applied to gummed labels as well as directly to the mail piece. Early labels had the name of the mailer or his logo pre-printed, and it often included a frame and the meter number. Stamps applied to such personalized labels are usually worth a premium.
  • The stamps are grouped according to appearance and purpose as follows:
A - Oval frank
B - Horizontal frank with incomplete outer frame
C - Horizontal frank with complete frame, inscribed "HELVETIA" in top panel and an outline “P” in each side panel
D - Horizontal frank with complete frame, inscribed “CH” in top panel and “HELVETIA” in left panel
E - Digital frank without frame, with 2D barcode data code field
PO - Stamps generated only at Post Office counters
PD - Stamps used for collecting Postage Due
PS - Stamps used to frank Postal Stationery
PV - Stamps from public self-service vending machines
OO - Stamps used only for Official government mail
  • For specialized information about the meter stamps of Switzerland, see Die Freistempel der Schweiz, Band I and Band II, by Heiner Dürst and Repertorio Catalogo delle affrancature meccaniche svizzere nel terzo millennio, by Roberto Di Casola. The listings in the present catalog were heavily influenced by both works.



GROUP A: Oval frank[edit]

  • Meter number at bottom of frank.


Switzerland stamp type A1.jpg
Switzerland stamp type A1a.jpg

A1. Franco (FV-5), 1924.

Meter number slightly curved.
Meters 102-123 and K107.
TM: normally nil (see a below)
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 10, 20, 30 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 3, 5, 25, 40, 50, 60 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 80, 1F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7½, 35, 70, 90 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 2F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
a. TM: SC below frank, M# 102 only MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $75]
b. M# with “K” prefix, K107 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $75]

NOTE: Franco survived only a few years. After its demise several meter numbers assigned to Franco were additionally assigned to other meter companies. In some cases the Franco meters continued to be used and the dates of use overlap. The numbers are 105, 106, 107, 112, 114, 117, 119 and 121. They can be differentiated as follows:

  • 105:
– Franco if mailer is Schweizerisch Ruckversicherungs-Gesellschaft. Franco if value is 40 or 80.
– Hasler (Type A2) if value is 7½, 50, 70, 90 or 1F.
– Shared values are 5, 10, 20 and 30. Overlapping dates are 1925-1941.
  • 106:
– Franco if mailer is Societe de la Viscose Suisse, Emmenbrucke. Franco if dated before July 1927.
– Hasler (Type A2) if value is 60 or 70.
– Shared values are 5, 10, 20, 30, 50 and 1F. Overlapping dates are July 1927-1934.
  • 107:
– Franco if mailer is Oberpostdirektion, Bern.
– Universal (Type A3) if value is 50, 150, 1F, 2F, or 3F.
– Shared values are 5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 60, and 80. Overlapping dates are 18 May 1926 to 1928.
  • 112:
– Franco if dated before March 1930. Franco if value is 40 or 80.
– Francopost (Type A4) if dated after March 1930. Francopost if value is 7½, 50, 70, 90 or 1F.
– Shared values are 5, 10, 20 and 30.
  • 114:
– Franco if used before 1930.
– Francopost (Type A4) if used in 1930 or later. Francopost if value is 50, 60, 70, 80, 90 or 1F.
– Shared values are 5, 10, 15, 20, 30, and 40.
  • 119:
– Franco if mailer is Pietro Realini & Co., Stabio. Franco if used before 1930.
– Francopost if value is 50, 60, 80, 90 or 1F. Francopost if used in 1930 or later.
– Shared values are 5, 10, 20, 30, and 40.
  • 121:
– Franco if used before 1930.
– Francopost if used in 1930 or later. Francopost if value is 5.
– Shared values are 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, and 1F.




Switzerland stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Hasler “F2, D106, F106” (FV-2/-7/-8), 1923.

Meter number curved.
Meters 105, 106, 117, 122-800, 1000-2000, 2046-2048 and 1219A. (See the NOTES after Type A1.)
TM: nil, DC, BIC, SC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 3, 10, 20, 30, 40
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 5, 7½, 15, 50, 60 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 25, 35, 70, 90, 120, 1F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 80, 150, 2F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 18, 23, 65, 3F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 22½, 5F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 37½ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 130, 170, 220, 250, 280, 350 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[—]
a. With town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]
b. With date only without TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]
c. With slogan left of frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]
b. With both slogan and town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $20]
e. With slogan applied in separate pass through meter. The impression is usually found at lower left of cover or occasionally on the back MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $75]
f. Printed on label pre-printed with mailer’s name or logo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]




Switzerland stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Universal "5" (FV-6). Francopost (FV-10), 1925.

Meter number horizontal and either 2 or 2.5 mm tall.
M#s 107, 801-1000, 2001-2045 and 2049-2061. (See the NOTES after Type A1.)
TM: nil, DC, BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 5, 10, 20, 30
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 3, 40 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 50, 60 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 7½, 15, 25, 70, 90 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 35, 80, 120, 1F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 150, 2F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 3F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
a. With town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]
b. With slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]
c. With both town mark and slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $20]
d. Printed on label pre-printed with mailer’s name or logo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]




Switzerland stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Francopost (FV-10), 1929.

Meter number horizontal.
M#s 112, 114, 119, 121, and 3001-3026. (See the NOTES after Type A1.)
TM: nil, DC, BIC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 10, 20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 5, 30, 40MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[ $10]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 50, 60, 90 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 25, 35, 70, 80, 1F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 150, 2F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 55, 250 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
a. With town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $20]
b. With slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $30]




Switzerland stamp type A5.jpg

A5. Safag (FV-10).

Meter number horizontal.
M#s 3027-3058, 3061-3124.
TM: nil
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 5, 10, 20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 30, 40, 50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 15, 60 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 25, 35, 90 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 70, 1F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 120 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
Value: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 80 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare, value uncertain]
a. With slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $15]







GROUP B: Horizontal frank with incomplete outer frame line[edit]

  • Cross and post horns at top, “HELVETIA” at bottom.
  • Line ornaments including crosses in each corner with the letter “P” between the ornaments at left and right.
  • M# below frank.



Sub-Group BA: Frank 37 x 22 mm[edit]



Switzerland stamp type BA1 narrow.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BA1 wide.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BA1aa.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BA1cc.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BA1dd.jpg


BA1. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1929.

Numbers 101-2000, 4001-4376, 4382.
TM: nil, DC, BIC
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg without TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg wide spacing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg narrow spacing
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg -
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $8
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $12
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000(½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $30
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg - MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $15 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgRare, value uncertain
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00(½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $250 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $250 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$250
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $250 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $250 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$250 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg (M# 4016 only)

NOTE: Value figures 000(½) and 0000(½) when not printing the “½” look like 000 and 0000. They can be identified by their location in the frank which is closer to the left side rather than centered.

a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[2x value]
b. Mailer’s identification below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[3x value]
c. Wavy line ornament below M# (4109) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
d. Oval and arrow point ornament below M# (4182) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
e. Printed on label pre-printed with mailer’s name or logo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $10]
f. Frank inverted, value figures upright MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]










Sub-Group BB: Frank 37 x 26½ mm[edit]

  • Starting in 1946 meter numbers were assigned without regard to meter manufacturer or model and are no longer useful for identification.
  • Because the Swiss postal service furnishes all stamp dies, the stamps are quite similar and are difficult to tell apart. Although there are exceptions, the stamps usually can be identified by the size of the "P" at the sides of the frank and by differences in the corner ornaments.


Switzerland stamp group BB P ornaments.jpg


  • Three “P” sizes were used: Medium (6+ mm tall by 3+ mm wide), Narrow (6+ mm tall by 3- mm wide), and Tall (7- mm tall by 3+ mm wide).


Switzerland stamp group BB corner ornaments.jpg


  • Three variations of the corner ornaments exist, Closed, Open, and Dashed. Looking at the lower left ornament examine the ends of the third and fourth lines from the top. With "Closed" the two lines are bridged. With "Open" they are unconnected. With "Dashed" they are also unconnected but a small dash is present in the opening.
  • Proper identification requires care as the size of the "P" is not easily identified without a millimeter gauge. The corner ornaments are not always reliable. Occasionally one finds different ones on the same stamp! Thus the following table is not foolproof.
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Medium "P"MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Narrow "P"MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Tall "P" MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
Closed ornament: BB1, BB4* BB2, BB5A** BB3, BB7A***
Open ornament: BB5B BB7B
Dashed ornament: BB6 BB7C


MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg Types BB1 and BB4 have different value figure sizes, 6 mm tall with BB1, and 5 mm tall with BB4.

MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg Types BB2 and BB5A have different date figures. BB2 has a stop centered after the year in the date. BB5A does not.

MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg Types BB3 and BB7A have different value figure sizes, 4.5 to 5 mm tall with BB3, and 6 to 6.5 mm tall with BB7A.



Switzerland stamp type BB1cc.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB1dd.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB1ii.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB1mm.jpg


BB1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1933.

Medium “P”. Closed corner ornament.
Value figures large, 5.8mm tall and stylized. If the town mark is present, the spacing between it and the frank is narrow.
If dated before 1946, meter numbers 4377-5500 (less 4382 and 4385) identify the stamp as Type BB1.
TM: nil, DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000(½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00oo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◇0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M#
b. Mailer’s identification below M#
c. Two concentric circles below M# (644) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
d. Two diamonds below M# (5378) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
e. Printed on label pre-printed with mailer’s name or logo
f. Date present, without TM MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
g. TM present without date MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
h. TM inverted, date upright MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
i. TM raised rectangle (5186 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]
j. Post Office stamp, used at Swiss National Exhibition in Zurich, 1939. TM reads “SCHWEIZ. LANDESAUSSTELLUNG ZURICH/ PTT PAVILLION” (4519, 4527) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$250]
k. Used by the United Nations
ka. TM with “NATIONS UNIES” at bottom
kb. TM reads “ORGANISATION MONDIALE DE LA SANTS
kc. TM reads “BUREAU INTERNATIONAL DU TRAVAIL”
kd. TM reads “CENTRE INTERN. DES CONFERENCES”
m. Value figures of different size




Switzerland stamp type BB2 wide.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB2 narrow.jpg

BB2. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1936.

Narrow “P”. Closed corner ornament.
Value figures large, stylized.
If TM and date are present, the date figures have a stop centered after the year.
If stamp date is before 1946, the meter numbers are same as for Type BA1.
TM: DC, BIC, nil
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg without TMMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg wide spacingMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg narrow spacingMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000(½)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5] MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000(½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5] MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5] MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15] MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20] MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000 (M# 4385) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below the meter number MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[5x value]
b. Mailer’s identification below the meter number [[ MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[8x value]
c. Printed on label pre-printed with mailer’s name or logo MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Add $5]

NOTE: Meter numbers 3057 and 3059 with stop centered after year in date figures are Type BB5b rather than BB2.



Switzerland stamp type BB3.jpg

BB3. Hasler “F99” (MV), 1955.

Tall “P”. Closed corner ornament.
Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
Value figures small.
TM: nil, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M#
b. Mailer’s identification below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]



Switzerland stamp type BB4.jpg

BB4. Hasler “F66” (MV), 1965.

Medium “P”. Closed corner ornament (as with BB1).
The value figures are much shorter, 4.8mm tall, compared to Type BB1.
As with Type B3 the value figures are small, except occasionally in combination with larger figures as listed below.
TM: DC, BIC, or nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,00
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00,00(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[2x value]
b. Mailer’s identification below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[4x value]
c. V/F: 0,oo (5193) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
d. V/F: 00,oo (120, 253, 2989) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
e. V/F: 0oo,oo (6025, MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[4490) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
f. V/F: ✳00,oo (3162) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
g. V/F: 000,00(½) (6845) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
h. V/F: oooo without comma (5413) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
i. With Frame corner ornament style “A” at left and “B” at right (6920) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]



Switzerland stamp type BB5A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB5B.jpg



BB5. Safag “2” until 1954, then Frama “12” (MV), 1938.

Narrow “P”.
Value figures large.
Date without stop after Year except for varieties "c" and "d" below.
A. Closed corner ornament
B. Open corner ornament
TM: DC, BIC, or nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$8]
b. Roman and Western numerals without equal signs below M# (3229) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$60]
c. Mailer’s identification below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
d. Date with stop after Year (only Safag)
e. Date with stop centered after Year (3057, 3059)
f. With Frame corner ornament style “A” at left and “B” at right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]




Switzerland stamp type BB6.jpg


BB6. Frama “12” (MV), 1955.

Narrow “P”. Dashed corner ornament.
Frame corner ornament style “C”.
Value figures large.
TM: DC, BIC, or nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
b. Mailer’s identification below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]




Switzerland stamp type BB7A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB7B.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB7dd.jpg
Switzerland stamp type BB7C.jpg



BB7. Frama “M3/M4/E3/E4” (MV), 1956.

Tall “P”.
Value figures 6.3mm tall.
A. Closed corner ornament (1956)
B. Open corner ornament (1957) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
C. Dashed corner ornament (1959)
TM: DC, BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (“C” only)
a. As A or C, Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M#
b. As B, Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
c. Mailer’s identification below M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
d. Frame corner ornaments a combination of two types, different at top and bottom or at left and right MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]









GROUP C: Horizontal frank inscribed "HELVETIA” at top and with outlined “P”s at the sides[edit]

  • Swiss crosses in top corners, and post horns in bottom corners.
  • Meter number at bottom.

'NOTE': Stamps of this type are found printed in blue as well as red.



Switzerland stamp type C1.jpg

C1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5300” (MV), 1969.

Frank 32.5 x 23 mm.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical between TM and frank
b. Mailer’s identification vertical between TM and frank
c. TM without date MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
d. TM blank circle
e. Solid block in place of M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
f. Post Office stamp. With “PAKETANNAHME” vertical between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]


Switzerland stamp type C2.jpg

C2. Frama “M/E” (MV), 1970.

Frank 31-32 x 28 mm.
Value figures thick.
TM: DC, BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank
b. Mailer’s identification below frank
c. M# breaks bottom frame line



Switzerland stamp type C3.jpg

C3. Hasler “F66” (MV), 1970.

Frank 32½ x 23 mm.
Experimental size used only in live tests.
Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical below frank.
Ten meter numbers, as listed.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00,00 (#215, 5836) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$60]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00 (#3121-23, 3130-32, 3135-36) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]



Switzerland stamp type C4.jpg

C4. Hasler “F66” (MV), 1971.

Frank 32 x 25 mm.
Value figures with comma.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical between TM and frank
b. Mailer’s identification vertical between TM and frank
c. M# breaks bottom frame line MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
d. Value figures 00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
e. V/F: 00 00 without comma MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
f. Line below “HELVETIA” missing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]



Switzerland stamp type C5.jpg

C5. Hasler “F66” (MV), 1971.

As Type C4 but larger frank, 35 x 25 mm.
Value figures with comma.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank
b. Mailer’s identification below frank



Switzerland stamp type C6.jpg

C6. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1971.

Frank 32 x 25 mm.
Value figures large, 6 mm tall, of two styles.
TM: DC. BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000(½) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[2x value]
b. Mailer’s identification below frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[3x value]
c. Bar missing below “HELVETIA”
d. M# breaks bottom frame line
e. On Post Office Official Business. TM contains “POSTAUFGABE/ ENVOI POSTAL”
f. Used by the United Nations, TM with “CENTRE INTERN. DES CONFERENCES” at bottom



Switzerland stamp type C7.jpg

C7. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1971.

As Type C6 but larger frank, 35 x 25 mm.
TM: DC, BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank
b. Mailer’s identification below frank



Switzerland stamp type C8.jpg

C8. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1970.

Frank 32.5 x 22-23 mm.
M# breaks bottom frame line.
Value figures large and thick.
Date figures with stops after D and before Y.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]



Switzerland stamp type C9.jpg

C9. Francotyp “A9000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank 32.5 x 22-23 mm.
Very similar to Type C8 except for date figures which are more widely spaced and have stops after D and M or D only.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]



Switzerland stamp type C10.jpg

C10 . Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV), 1973.

Frank 29.5 x 22 mm.
M# above bottom frame line.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical between TM and frank
b. Mailer’s identification vertical between TM and frank



Switzerland stamp type C11.jpg

C11. Frama “M3/M4/E3/E4” (MV), 1973.

Frank 32 x 23-24 mm.
Value figures thick.
TM: DC, BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$8]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[2x value]
b. Mailer’s identification below frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[3x value]
c. Mailer’s identification vertical between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[4x value]
d. M# breaks bottom frame line (989) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
e. Inner panel line on right missing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
f. Unengraved TM with holes (used by the Customs office) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
g. TM inverted MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
h. Date present, TM missing MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
i. TM without Swiss cross at top or bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
j. TM blank at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[—]
k. Extremely wide spacing between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[—]
l. On Post Office Official Business. Frank reads “POSTAUFGABE/ ENVOI POSTAL” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
m. On Post Office Official Business. As “l.”, spacing between TM and frank very wide (16384) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
n. On Post Office Official Business. As “l.”, but with 2nd TM at left of “POSTAUFGABE” TM. The 2nd TM has town at top (“4002 BASEL 2”) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]



Switzerland stamp type C12.jpg

C12. Frama “M5/E5” (MV), 1973.

As Type C11 but wider frank, 34-35 x 24-25 mm.
Value figures thick.
TM: DC, BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
a. Mailer’s identification below frank
b. Extremely wide spacing between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]



Switzerland stamp type C13.jpg

C13. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1978. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Frank 30-32 x 24 mm.
Experimental size used only in live tests.
M# 16610 only.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000



Switzerland stamp type C14.jpg
Switzerland stamp type C14cc.jpg

C14. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1978.

Frank 32 x 25 mm.
M# above bottom frame line.
Distance between TM and frank 9 mm.
Distance between center of date and value figures 37 mm.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs vertical between TM and frank 2x value
b. Mailer’s identification vertical between TM and frank
c. TM SC with pictorial promotion at bottom MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
d. Date present without town mark MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
e. On Post Office Official Business. Frank reads “POSTAUFGABE/ ENVOI POSTAL”
f. Used by the United Nations
fa. TM with “CENTRE INTERN. DES CONFERENCES” at bottom
fb. TM with “WELTPOSTVEREIN” at bottom



Switzerland stamp type C15.jpg

C15. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1978.

As Type C14 but larger frank, 35 x 24-25 mm.
TM: DC.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$8]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000(½)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank
b. Mailer’s identification vertical between TM and frank



Switzerland stamp type C16.jpg

C16. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV), 1987.

Frank 32 x 26 mm.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000
a. With two zeros added at left and right of M# MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Appears to be rare]

NOTE: This meter could print slogans in color different from that of the stamp. Seen are blue, black and green as well as common red.



Switzerland stamp type C17.jpg

C17. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV), 1989.

Frank 34 x 23 mm.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. With line missing under “HELVETIA” MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
b. With “PITNEY BOWES” vertical between TM and frank



Switzerland stamp type C18.jpg

C18. Pitney Bowes-GB “6600” (MV), 1992.

Frank 34 x 25 mm.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000
a. Mailer’s address vertical between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]



Switzerland stamp type C19.jpg

C19. Pitney Bowes “A946” (MV), 1992.

Frank 34 x 23.5 mm.
Similar to Types C16 and 17 but value figures are larger.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
a. With line missing under “HELVETIA”
b. Mailer’s address vertical between TM and frank MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]



Switzerland stamp type C20.jpg

C20. Frama “EPS” (MV), 1994.

Frank 32 x 24 mm.
Similar in appearance to Type C14 but date figures are spaced more widely apart with stops after D and M.
Value figure set is 14 mm wide.
Distance between TM and frank 9 mm.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
a. With both or one inner side frame line missing
b. Mailer’s address below frank



Switzerland stamp type C21.jpg

C21. Hasler “Smile” (MV), 1995.

Frank 32 x 25 mm.
Value figure set is 12 mm wide.
Similar to Type C14 but distance between centers of date and value figures is 40 mm.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
a. Roman and Western numerals between equal signs below frank
b. Mailer’s identification below frank



Switzerland stamp type C22.jpg

C22. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV), 1996.

Frank and TM enclosed in a large outer frame.
TM: DC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
a. Frank with date but without town mark
b. Set of six parallel wavy lines in place of date figures



Switzerland stamp type C23.jpg

C23. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital), 1997.

Frank 31.5 x 24.5 mm.
M# large. 11-digit number below TM
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000



Switzerland stamp type C24.jpg

C24. Frama “Sensonic 2000” (digital), 1998.

Frank 31.5 x 24.5 mm.
Value figures very large.
M# large.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000







GROUP D: Horizontal frank with "CH" at top, “HELVETIA” vertical at left[edit]

  • Envelopes as corner ornaments.
  • Either Swiss cross against solid background or “international” vertical in right panel.

'NOTE': Stamps of this type are often found printed in blue as well as red.


Sub-Group DA: Cross in solid field at right[edit]



Switzerland stamp type DA1A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DA1B.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DA1CandD.jpg



DA1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 2001.

36-37 mm between centers of date and value figures.
A. “CH” thin, line above M#
B. “CH” thin, no line above M#
C. “CH” thick, no line above M#
D. As B, but frank is wider
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (D only)









Switzerland stamp type DA2A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DA2B.jpg



DA2. Hasler “Smile” (MV).

Similar to Types DA1B and C but slightly wider with 40 mm of spacing between centers of date and value figures.
A. “CH” thin
B. “CH” thick
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000






Switzerland stamp type DA3A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DA3BandC.jpg



DA3. Frama “M4/E4” (MV).

Value figures thick.
A. “CH” thin, line above M#
B. “CH” thin, no line above M#
C. “CH” thick, no line above M#
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000(½)





Switzerland stamp type DA4A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DA4B.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DA4C.jpg



DA4. Frama “EPS” (MV).

Similar in appearance to Type DA1 (Hasler “Mailmaster”) but date figures are more widely spread apart.
A. “CH” thin, line above M#
B. “CH” thin, no line above M#
C. “CH” thick, no line above M#
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000










Switzerland stamp type DA5.jpg


DA5. Pitney Bowes-GB “6600” (MV).

Four-bank value figures widely spaced.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000




Switzerland stamp type DA6.jpg


DA6. Pitney Bowes-GB “Paragon” (MV).

Large frank, 37 x 28 mm.
Greater frame around entire design including town mark.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Switzerland stamp type DA7.jpg


DA7. Pitney Bowes-GB “A946” (MV).

Short but wide frank with large value figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Switzerland stamp type DA8.jpg


DA8. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital).

Row of numbers below the town mark.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Switzerland stamp type DA9.jpg


DA9. Frama “Sensonic 2000” (digital).

Value figures are very tall.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000








Sub-Group DB: “international” plus small cross vertical at right[edit]



Switzerland stamp type DB1A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type DB1BandC.jpg



DB1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

36-37 mm between centers of date and value figures.
A. “CH” thin, line above M#
B. “CH” thin, no line above M#
C. As A, with frank is wider and it has a small cross at the bottom of the right panel
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (C only)





Switzerland stamp type DB2.jpg


DB2. Pitney Bowes “A946” (MV).

Short but wide frank with large value figures.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000




Image needed.jpg



DB3. Frama “Sensonic 2000” (MV).

Value figures are very tall.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000




NOTE: Type DB versions (for international mail) of Types DA2 through DA8 probably exist.








GROUP E: Digital Frank without border[edit]

  • 2-dimensional barcode field between date/town at left and value figures at right.
  • At left, date at top, post office identification in center, identification number at bottom.
  • At right, value figures at top, mail class in center, postal logo at bottom.

NOTES:

  • Stamps of this type are usually printed in blue but are occasionally found in black or red.
  • These stamps normally print the class of mail beneath the value figures but are also found blank in that spot.
  • Twenty-four mail class varieties have been reported. They are: A/GR, A/MAXI, A/MIDI, A/STANDARD, B/GR, B/MAXI, B/MIDI, B/STANDARD, B2/STANDARD, BP, BP/COUR-LET, BP/COUR-LETD, ECONOMY/SPI, EXPRESS/POST, LAS/BPLET, LSI/BPLET, LSI/BP-LET, POSTPAC/ECO, POSTPAC/ECO (weight), PP/COL-PAC, PRIORITY/SPI, SE (number)/EP, SWISS POSTINTD, SWISS/POSTINT. Other mail class designations have probably been added, and some of these may already be obsolete.



Sub-Group EA: Text at left is centered, text at right is right justified[edit]

  • 2D barcode field is relatively large, 17-18 mm square, and centered vertically.
  • The identification number is either a two-part number (machine number / impression counter) or 9 digits with three leading zeros.




Switzerland stamp type EA1point1.jpg

EA1.1. Ascom Hasler “InteliPost 36 / 54” (digital-inkjet), 2001.

Frank 72/73 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
Distance between left edge of the 2D barcode and the right edge of the postal logo is 48/49 mm.
Identification number (below town name at left) is in one line as ###### (space)/ ######## or 000###### / ########.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00
a. Printed in red
b. Printed in black
c. Bi-color print, blue above black



Switzerland stamp type EA2point1.jpg

EA2.1. Frama “EcoMail” or "Office Mail" (digital-thermal).

Frank 61 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
Distance between left edge of the 2D barcode and the right edge of the postal logo is 40 mm.
Identification number is in two lines as ###### over ######, or 000###### over ######.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EA2point2.jpg

EA2.2. Frama “Ecomail” or "Office Mail" (digital-thermal).

As EA2.1 but wider frank, 64/65 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
Distance between left edge of the 2D barcode and the right edge of the postal logo is 41/42 mm.
Identification number is in two lines as ###### over ########, or 000###### over ########.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00
a. Printed in red




Switzerland stamp type EA2point3.jpg

EA2.3. Frama "MailMax I” and "MailMax II" (digital-inkjet).

Frank 65 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
Distance between left edge of the 2D barcode and the right edge of the postal logo is 41/42 mm.
Identification number is in two lines as 000###### over ########.
Stamps from the MailMax machine are thermally printed while those from the MailMad II are applied by inkjet.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EA3point1.jpg

EA3.1. Neopost "IJ25” (digital-inkjet).

Frank 72 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
Distance between left edge of the 2D barcode and the right edge of the postal logo is 45/46 mm.
Identification number is in one line as ###### or 000###### relatively large digits.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EA4point1.jpg

EA4.1. Pitney Bowes “DM210/DM390” (digital-inkjet).

Frank 67 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
Distance between left edge of the 2D barcode and the right edge of the postal logo is 39/40 mm.
Identification number is in one line as 000###### / ########.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00








Sub-Group EB: Text at both left and right are left-justified, 6-digit ID# in 700000 series[edit]

  • 2D barcode field is relatively small, 11-15 mm square, and usually (but not always) aligned with the bottom of the frank.
  • Machine number is six digits in 700000 series.
  • These stamps reflect a refining of the technology introduced with the Group E franking. The stamp is printed in one pass rather than two.

NOTE: The machine numbers series cited in the listings are current as of early 2014. For some models they are likely to broaden over time.



Switzerland stamp type EB1point1.jpg

EB1.1. Frama "Officemail 2000” (digital).

Frank 64 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 14.5 mm square and centered vetically.
Postal logo at bottom right is 21 mm wide.
Machine number in 770000 or 780000 series.
Stamp applied thermally.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00



Switzerland stamp type EB1point2.jpg

EB1.2. Frama "Mailmax Speed” (digital).

Identical in size to EB1.1 but applied by inkjet.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EB1point3.jpg

EB1.3. Frama "Matrix F4/F6” (digital).

Frank 59 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 14 mm wide.
Machine number in 780000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00
a. Printed in black



Switzerland stamp type EB1point4.jpg

EB1.4. Frama "Matrix F4/F6” (digital).

Frank 64 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 15 mm wide.
Machine number in 780000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EB2point1.jpg

EB2.1. Neopost "IJ25” (digital).

Frank 65 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 14 mm wide.
The stamp is 20.5 mm between top of the value figures and bottom of the postal logo.
Machine number in 720000 or 730000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EB2point2.jpg
Switzerland stamp type EB2point2aa.jpg

EB2.2. Neopost "IJ25” (digital).

Frank 67 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 14 mm wide.
The stamp is slightly taller than EB2.1, 22 mm between top of the value figures and bottom of the postal logo.
Machine number in 730000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00
a. Without logo and with outline only to the 2D barcode field



Switzerland stamp type EB2point3.jpg

EB2.3. Neopost "IS-350/-440” (digital).

Frank 62 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 19/20 mm wide.
The number "1" in the date and value figures is footed.
Machine number in 720000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




Switzerland stamp type EB3point1.jpg

EB3.1. Pitney Bowes "DM-210/-390" (digital).

Frank 64 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 19 mm wide.
The number "1" in the date and value figures is footed.
Machine number in 750000 or 760000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00



Switzerland stamp type EB3point2.jpg

EB3.2. Pitney Bowes "DM-500/-800/-900/-1000” (digital).

Frank 69 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 15 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 24 mm wide.
Machine number in 750000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00



Switzerland stamp type EB3point3.jpg

EB3.3. Pitney Bowes " DM-500/-800/-900/-1000” (digital).

Frank 62/63 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 15 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 19 mm wide.
Machine number in 750000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00
a. Printed in black



Switzerland stamp type EB3point4.jpg

EB3.4. Pitney Bowes "DM-210i/-390i” (digital).

Frank 66 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 18 mm wide.
The number "1" in the date and value figures is footed.
Machine number in 760000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00



Switzerland stamp type EB3point5.jpg

EB3.5. Pitney Bowes "DM-50i” (digital).

Frank 68 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 14.5 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 23 mm wide.
This stamp is very similar in size to EB3.2. It has a smoother appearance with less jagged diagonals than with EB3.2.
Postal logo at bottom right is in 770000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00



Switzerland stamp type EB3point6.jpg

EB3.6. Pitney Bowes "DM-300c/-400c” (digital).

Frank 70 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 15 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 24 mm wide.
Machine number in 760000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00



Switzerland stamp type EB3point7.jpg

EB3.7. Pitney Bowes "DM-100i” (digital).

Frank 68 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 14.5 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 24 mm wide.
Very similar in appearance to EB3.2 and EB3.5, this stamp has footed 1's in the date and value figures.
Machine number in 750000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00







Sub-Group EC: As Sub-Group EB but 7-digit ID# in 2000000 series[edit]

  • These changes reflect a further refining of the technology.
  • The value figures show no leading zeros unless the postage is less than three digits in which case there is one leading zero.




Switzerland stamp type EC1point1.jpg

EC1.1. Neopost "IS-6000” (digital).

Frank 62 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 12 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 22 mm wide.
The number "1" in the date and value figures is footed.
Machine number in 2000000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg (00)0.00



Switzerland stamp type EC2point1.jpg

EC2.1. Frama "Matrix F4/F6” (digital).

Frank 61 mm between left edge of date figures and right edge of value figures.
2D barcode field 11 mm square.
Postal logo at bottom right is 22 mm wide.
Machine number in 2100000 series.
A. Postal logo in German (“DIE POST”)
B. Postal logo in French (“LA POSTE”)
C. Postal logo in Italian (“LA POSTA”)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg (00)0.00






GROUP PO: Special stamps generated only by machines in Post Offices[edit]

  • Used mostly for parcel post.
  • See also Type C1f for a post office stamp.




Switzerland stamp type PO1.jpg


PO1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1968. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Quite rare. Value unknown]

Double oval with “POST” at top, “HELVETIA” at bottom.
Roman numeral in small boxes at sides.
TM: BIC with “ANNAHME” at bottom.
Used in Bern 1 and Luzern 1 for a few weeks only
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000

NOTE: Stamps of this frank design but without town mark were used to frank postal stationery and are cataloged in Group PS below.




Switzerland stamp type PO2.jpg

PO2. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1973. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Small rectangular frank with panel across top and large segment at left and smaller segment at right.
Post office identification in top panel.
Value figures in left segment and large “PP” at right.
Break in bottom frame line below value figures
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0,00




Switzerland stamp type PO3A.jpg

PO3. Frama (MV), 1976.

Frank is similar to Group C stamps except the corner ornaments do not have a lined background, and it has a bottom panel containing an ID number.
ID number is Roman numeral / Western number.
Straight-line town mark without frame.
Printed on gummed tape.
A. Dark red (shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. Lilac (not shown) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Switzerland stamp type PO4A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO4B.jpg



PO4. Frama (MV), 1977.

As Type PO3 but town mark is enclosed in a frame extending from the frank.
The frame is open at the left side.
Found in both dark red and lilac.
A. “HELVETIA” tall MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. “HELVETIA” short
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000








Switzerland stamp type PO5.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO5aa.jpg


PO5. Frama (MV), 1992.

As Type PO4 but stamp is smaller overall, most noticeable in side panels.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000
a. Printed in blue or blue-green rather than red





Switzerland stamp type PO6.jpg



PO6. Hasler, model undetermined (MV), 1997.

Simple rectangle with post office name at top, “P.P.” and value figures at center, and branch or section name at bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000





Switzerland stamp type PO7.jpg


PO7. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Very similar to PO6 except the frank is much smaller.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000





Switzerland stamp type PO8.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO8aa.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO10.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO8bb.jpg

PO8. Frama (digital), 1998.

Unframed, mostly text frank, on plain white self-adhesive label.
At upper left is postal logo “LA POSTE/DIE POST/LA POSTA” and small cross.
Below logo is date and class of mail.
Post office identification at top center.
Value figures centered at right
A. Postal logo in normal font
B. Postal logo in italic font
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHF 0.00
a. With weight added below the value figures
b. All stamp inscriptions very small








Switzerland stamp type PO9.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO11.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO9aa.jpg

PO9. Frama (digital), 1998.

This design is generated by the same system that produces Type PO8 and is used for franking mail addressed to foreign destinations.
Unframed white, self-adhesive label as with PO8 but with "SWISS POST" logo at top left and "P.P. Postage Paid" at top right.
Post office identification on 2nd line.
Value figures right justified on 3rd line.
Date, time, and weight on 4th line.
Mail and rate classification on 5th line.
A. Postal logo in normal font
B. Postal logo in italic font
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHF 00.00
a. For use on registered mail, on larger tape with bar code and registration number and information added above the frank







Switzerland stamp type PO12.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO12ab.jpg

PO10. Frama (digital).

Square 2D barcode field at bottom center.
Date and time at top left, value figures at top right, all in bold characters.
Town identification at left, mail classification and weight at right.
Postal logo at bottom right.
A. Postal logo in English "SWISS POST"
B. Postal logo in French, "LA POSTE"
C. Postal logo in German, "DIE POST"
D. Postal logo in Italian, "LA POSTA" (shown)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHF 00.00
a. Large "PRIORITY" at top right in place of the value figures
b. A For use on registered mail, on larger tape with bar code and registration number and information added below the frank




Switzerland stamp type PO13.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO13aa.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO13ab.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PO11c.jpg

PO11. Frama (digital).

Very similar to Type PO10 but the value figures at top right appear as negative characters against a black field.
A. Postal logo in English "SWISS POST" (shown)
B. Postal logo in French, "LA POSTE"
C. Postal logo in German, "DIE POST"
D. Postal logo in Italian, "LA POSTA"
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg CHF 00.00
a. Large "PRIORITY" at top right below the value figures
b. A For use on registered mail, on larger tape with bar code and registration number and information added below the frank
c. With illustration added at lower left of a child and tree on a hill above "pro clima". Without "P.P. Postage Paid"












GROUP PD: Special meter stamps used by the Post Office to collect Postage Due[edit]


Switzerland stamp type PD1A.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PD1B.jpg


PD1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1972.

Small rectangular frank with panel across top and large segment at left and smaller segment at right.
Post office identification in top panel.
Value figures in left segment and large “T” at right.
A. Break in bottom frame line below value figures MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. Bottom frame line complete
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000







GROUP GROUP PS: Special stamps used by the Post Office to frank or surcharge postal stationery[edit]

  • NOTE: In addition to using themeter stamps described in this section to frank postal stationery, Switzerland PTT has also prepared postal stationery with nearly identical looking press-printed indicia. Excellent meter impressions can often appear to be press-printed so care must be taken in identifying one from the other.




Switzerland stamp type PS1.jpg

PS1. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1930.

Horizontal rectangle with scalloped border.
Cross in shield design at bottom center.
Flower-like ornaments at sides of “HELVETIA” and shield.
“P” in oval at both sides.
At bottom, “O.P.D. D.G.P.”
Without TM
Values used:
010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
025 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]




Switzerland stamp type PS2.jpg

PS2. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1939.

Frank does not have complete outer frame line.
Shadowed panels at top and bottom with large “P”s at both sides.
Top panel contains “GDPTTDG”, and bottom panel contains “HELVETIA”.
Without TM
Values used:
0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0050 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]
0065 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0105 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]




Switzerland stamp type PS3.jpg

PS3. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1954.

Very similar to Type PS2 but top and bottom panels are reversed.
Values used:
0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
0030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0040MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[ $20]
0025 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0050 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$40]
0060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]




Switzerland stamp type PS4.jpg

PS4. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1960.

Nearly identical to Post Office Type PO1 but without town mark.
“P” and “T” of “POST” are tilted.
Values used:
0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0030
0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0050 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
0015 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg050 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0080 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]




Switzerland stamp type PS5.jpg

PS5. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1967.

As Type PS4 but “POST” is nearly straight and the ovals are flat on top and bottom.
Values used:
0030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]




Switzerland stamp type PS6.jpg

PS6. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1970.

Very similar to Group C stamps except it has “PTT” at bottom center.
Without TM
A. Frank 23 mm wide
B. Frank 25 mm wide
Values used:
0030 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0040
0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0015 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0080 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]




Switzerland stamp type PS7.jpg

PS7. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” series (MV), 1975. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

As Type PS6 but smaller “PTT” that breaks bottom frame line.
Value figures low, in line with the inner frame lines below the “P”s at the sides.
Without TM
Value seen: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.30




Switzerland stamp type PS8.jpg

PS8. Hasler “F66” (MV), 1977.

Very similar to Type PS6 but value figures smaller with comma.
Without TM
Values used:
00,40 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
00,20 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
00,30 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,35 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
00,10 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$30]
00,50 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,60 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,80 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Rare, value uncertain]




Switzerland stamp type PS9.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PS9aa.jpg

PS9. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1978.

Very similar to Type PS6 but value figures are more regular and less stylized.
Without TM except for "a" below
A. Frank 30½ x 24 mm
B. Frank 32 x 25 mm
Values used:
0040 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0050 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0060 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0070 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0080 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0090
0005 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0010 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0020 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0035 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
0025 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0155 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0400 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
a. Official mail use, with TM containing "GENERALDIREKTION PTT"




Switzerland stamp type PS10.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PS10aa.jpg

PS10. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1998.

As Type PS9 but with “DIE POST” at bottom of frank.
Without TM except for "a" below
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
a. Official mail use, with TM containing "DIE POST GENERALDIREKTION"








GROUP PV: Special stamps generated only by self-service public vending machine meters[edit]


Switzerland stamp type PV2.jpg
Switzerland stamp type PV2 receipt.jpg

PV1. Schalter-Terminal (digital), 12 October 1992. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10 for FDC, more for other dates]

Horizontal white self-adhesive label with frameless text in red, as follows:
At top: "3018 BERN 18 / BṺMPLIZ HELVETIA"
At middle: date, time, #/### (transaction/credit remaining?)
At bottom in large characters: weight in grams, "R" number(?), value figures
One machine only, in use for 19 days from 12 to 31 October 1992 at Bern-Bumpliz.
2500 First Day covers were prepared.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Ø.ØØ

NOTE: At right is a receipt from the machine.





Switzerland stamp type PV1.jpg


PV2. IBM “Post-Kiosk 2000” (digital), 22 May 1995.

Nearly square plain white self-adhesive label with rounded corners.
Row of numbers and bar code in upper half.
“PTT” and cross at lower left.
Town name/ date-time/ and mail class in very small letters at lower center.
Weight/ value figures, also in very small letters, at lower right.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00 sFr








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

* See also Types PS9a and PS10a for official stamps.



Switzerland stamp type OO1.jpg

OO1. Hasler “F22” (MV), 1933. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Very similar to Type PS1 but with “POSTAMT BERN 3” at bottom of frank.
TM: BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. On tape applied to cover rather than directly to cover MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]




Switzerland stamp type OO2.jpg

OO2. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1954. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type PS3 but with “POSTAMT BERN 3” in bottom panel.
TM: BIC, nil
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
a. On tape applied to cover rather than directly to cover MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]




NOTE: The stamp types identified as Types OO3 and OO4 in the paper edition of the catalog are now cataloged as Types PS9a and PS10a.








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