International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Congo, Democratic Republic

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Congo, Democratic Republic[edit]

(includes Belgium Congo, Katanga, Zaire, Democratic Republic of Congo)


  • Meter stamps of the Democratic Republic of Congo can easily be confused with those of the Peoples Republic of Congo which is an entirely separate nation. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a former Belgian colony, and the Peoples Republic of Congo is a former French colony. Franks that contain “Republique du Congo” or “Republique Populaire du Congo” (in full or abbreviated) are from the Peoples Republic of Congo. See CONGO, PEOPLES REPUBLIC for these issues.
  • The first meter was installed in 1929. The stamps are grouped according to the country name in the frank:
A - Issues as a Belgian colony, inscribed CONGO/ BELGISCH BELGE or variation, 1929-1960
B - Issues of breakaway state of Katanga, inscribed ETAT DU KATANGA, 1960-1963
C - Issues of the first republic, 1960-1971, inscribed CONGO alone or CONGO/ REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE
D - Issues after name change to ZAIRE, 1971-1997
E - Issues of the second republic, 1997 to present, inscribed RDC or provisional issues without country name



GROUP A: Issues of Belgium Congo. (1929 – 1960), inscribed CONGO/ BELGISCH BELGE or variation[edit]


Congo DR A1.jpg
A1. Timbrographe (LV-9), 1929.      [Scarce]
Frank is upright rectangle with straight border.
Inscribed “CONGO BELGE” above and “BELGISCH CONGO” below value figures.
M# with “A” prefix at bottom, A1-4 known.
TM: nil
Values:      5c, 10c, 20c, 25c, 50c, 60c, 75c, 1Fr, 1F25, 1F50, 1F75, 2Fr, 2F50, 2F75, 3F25, 3F50, 4Fr, 5Fr, 6Fr, 7Fr, 10Fr




Congo DR A2.jpg
A2. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1948.
Upright frank with straight-line border except for small scallops in the corners.
Crown at top above ribbon containing “CONGO BELGE” with “BELGISCH CONGO” in ribbon at bottom.
M# with “B” prefix below frank.
A. Large frank 28 x 32 mm
B. Small frank 26 x 30 mm
TM: DC, SC or nil
V/F:      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpgoo      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0oo      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg00oo
Congo DR A2a.jpg
a. “7” of meter number “B7” backwards (shown at right)      [Scarce]
b. M# unengraved block      [Scarce]



Congo DR A3.jpg
A3. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1949.
Frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight line inner border.
“CONGO” in panel at top with “BELGISH” and “BELGE” vertical in side panels.
“FR | CT” below value figures.
M# with “U” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
A. “BELGE” at left and “BELGISCH” at right (U1, U2)      [Rare]
B. “BELGISCH” at left and “BELGE” at right
TM: DC
V/F:      MeterCat 6-point starburst v.jpg0oo (A,O)      00oo      000oo
a. TM unengraved




Congo DR A4.jpg
A4. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).
As type A3 but much wider frank, 30 x 29 mm.
“BELGISCH” at left and “BELGE” at right.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00oo      000oo      MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00oo




Congo DR A5.jpg
A5. Satas “C” (MV), 1950.      [Very scarce]
Narrow, upright frank with simulated perforation border.
Inscribed “BELISCH/ CONGO/ BELGE” at top.
Large solid star at bottom above M# with “N” prefix.
M#s 150-154 seen.
TM: SL or nil
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg0.oo




Congo DR A6A.jpg
Congo DR stamp type A6C.jpg
Congo DR A6B.jpg


A6. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1952.
Upright frank with simulated perforation outer border.
Inscribed “BELGISCH CONGO BELGE” in arc around sides and top.
M# with “F” prefix at sides of large star at bottom center.
A. Both M# and prefix in small boxes
B. Only prefix boxed, M# unboxed
C. Both M# and prefix unboxed
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0.00 (O,G)      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00 (O,G)





Congo DR A7.jpg


A7. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1952.      [Scarce]
Similar to Type A6 but with M# in box at bottom center with lions rampant at each side.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0.00 (O,G)      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00 (O,G)




Congo DR Simplex.jpg



NOTE: The stamp at right is a proof of a Universal "Simplex" stamp. Postally used examples are not known. It is probably an essay.







GROUP B: Issues of breakaway state of Katanga (July 1960 – January 1963), inscribed “ETAT DU KATANGA”[edit]

  • Stamps with Katanga franks were used for many months after reintegration with the Congo in 1963.
  • Proof impressions of these stamps on unmailed covers are relatively common. Their value is less than examples on postally used covers.




Congo DR B1.jpg

B1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).      [Rare]

As Type A2A but inscribed “KATANGA” at top and “ETAT DU” at both sides.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0oo      000o      000oo




Congo DR B2.jpg

B2. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).      [Rare]

Horizontal rectangle with straight sides and complete inner box around the value figures.
“KATANGA” at top and “ETAT DU” at both sides.
M# with “F” prefix in small boxes at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0.00      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00
a. Without TM




Congo DR stamp type B3.jpeg


B3. Hasler, probably "F22" or "F88" (MV).      [Extremely rare]

Frank is plain square with inner square around value figures.
"KATANGA" at top, "ETAT DU" reading up at both sides.
M# "B 25" at bottom.
One example seen, without TM
V/F:      ✳ 0 0 o o






GROUP C: Issues of the first Democratic Republic of Congo. (1960 – 1971), inscribed “CONGO” alone or “CONGO/ REPUBLIQUE DEMOCRATIQUE”[edit]


Congo DR C1.jpg
C1. Hasler “F88” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Provisional stamp as Type A2 but with crown obliterated.
“BELGE” and “BELGISCH” removed from the ribbons at top and bottom.
M# with “B” prefix below frank.
M#s B17 and B47 seen.
TM: DC
V/F:      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg00oo



Congo DR C2.jpg


C2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Provisional stamp as Type A3, but with “BELGISCH” and “BELGE” removed from the side panels.
M#s U20, U62, U63, U64 and U75 seen.
TM: DC
V/F:      00oo      000oo




Congo DR C3.jpg


C3. Satas (MV).      [Very scarce]
As Type A5 but with “BELGISCH” and “BELGE” removed.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: SL
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.oo





Congo Dem Rep stamp type C3point1.jpg


C3.1. Satas (MV).      [Rare]
As Type C3 but with "REPUBLIQUE / DU" added above "CONGO".
Without meter number.
TM: SL, nil
V/F:      00.oo





Congo DR C4.jpg
C4. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).
As Type A6A but with “BELGISCH” and “BELGE” removed.
Two frank widths: 26mm and 27mm.
M# with “F” prefix in small boxes.
TM: SC, nil
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg0.00      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.00 MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00




Congo DR C5.jpg


C5. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Similar to Type C4 but with “REPUBLIQUE” and “DEMOCRATIQUE” vertical at sides.
M# below star breaking bottom frame lines.
TM: DC
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00




Congo DR C8.jpg


C6. Hasler “F88” (MV), around 1963.      [Very scarce]
Upright frank with single straight-line border.
Inscribed “CONGO” in arc at top with one star above and six stars below.
“M# with “B” prefix above bottom frame line.
TM: nil
V/F:      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0oo      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg00oo



Congo DR C7.jpg
C7. Hasler “F88” (MV), around 1966.      [Very scarce]
Frank is horizontal rectangle with simulated-perforation outer border and straight-line inner border.
“CONGO” alone at top. Large star at left.
M# with “B” prefix below frank.
TM: nil
V/F:      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0oo



Congo DR C6.jpg
C8. Hasler “F88” (MV), around 1969.      [Scarce]
Frank is upright rectangle with straight-line border.
“CONGO” at top, “REPUBLIQUE” and “DEMOCRATIQUE” vertical at the sides.
Large star at bottom.
M# with “B” prefix below bottom frame line.
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0oo      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg00oo      MeterCat hollow diamond.jpg00,oo




Congo DR C9.jpg
C9. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV), around 1963.      [Very scarce]
Horizontal frank with straight-line border.
“CONGO” at top and “REPUBLIQUE” and “DEMOCRATIQUE” at sides.
Large hollow star under “CONGO” and small solid star left of value figures.
Bottom frame line does not touch the side lines.
M# with “U” prefix in lower left corner.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋00.oo



Congo DR C10.jpg
C10. Universal “Automax” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Upright frank with simulated-perforation outer border.
Inscribed “REPUBLIQUE DU” at top and “CONGO” at bottom.
Two vertical lines at each side.
M# with “U” prefix in small boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
V/F:      =000



Congo DR C11.jpg
C11. Universal “Automax” (MV).
Frank slightly wider than tall with single straight-line border.
“CONGO” at top and “REPUBLIQUE” and “DEMOCRATIQUE” at sides.
Large star at bottom center. M# with “U” prefix in boxes in lower corners.
TM: DC
V/F:      000oo      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg=0000      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg=000=      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg=00.oo




Congo DR C12.jpg
C12. Camp (MV).      [Rare]
Frank without outer frame line.
Inscribed “REPUBLIQUE/ DEMOCRATIQUE /DU CONGO” at top.
Large “K” at bottom center.
M# with “PR” prefix in lower corners.
TM: SC with hour figure between TM and frank
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000



Congo DR C13.jpg
C13. Satas “P” (MV).      [Rare]
Frank with outer frame line.
Inscribed “REPUBLIQUE/ DEMOCRATIQUE /DU CONGO” at top.
Large “K” at bottom center.
M# with “SP” prefix at lower left.
TM: SC with hour figure between TM and frank
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.o






GROUP D: Issues of Zaire (1971 – 1997), inscribed “ZAIRE”[edit]


Congo DR D1.jpg
D1. Satas (MV).      [Rare]
Similar to Type A5 but not as tall and with “ZAÏRE” at top.
M# with “N” prefix.
TM: SL
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.oo






Congo DR D2.jpg
Congo DR stamp type D2a.jpg
D2. Francotyp (MV).      [Rare]
As Type C4 but with “ZAIRE” at top.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.00
a. Used with country name (CONGO) obliterated but before "ZAIRE" inserted. This stamp appears identical to Type E1 but is dated in 1976 during the transition to ZAIRE rather than during the later transition from ZAIRE. One example known (F34), printed in black.      [Extremely rare]




Congo DR D3.jpg
D3. Francotyp (MV).      [Very scarce]
Similar to Type D2 but M# unboxed and breaks bottom frame line in center.
“ZAIRE” fills the top of the frank.
TM: DC, SC
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00.00




Congo DR D4.jpg
D4. Hasler “F88” (MV).
As type C7 but with “ZAIRE” at top.
M# with “B” prefix at bottom.
Frank variable in height from 27 to 29 mm and in spacing.
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0oo      MeterCat hollow diamond.jpg00,oo      MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg00 K
a. Printed in black (B107)



Congo DR D5.jpg


D5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Similar to D4, but M# with “D” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      00.000





Congo DR D6.jpg
D6. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).      [Scarce]
Similar to Type C10 but with “ZAIRE” at top and not as wide.
With double bottom frame line attached to sides.
M# with “U” prefix in lower corners.
TM: DC
V/F:      ≋00.oo      ≋00.o MeterCat solid box.jpg



Congo DR D7.jpg
D7. Pitney Bowes “MultiValue” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Horizontal rectangle with straight-line outer border and double-line inner border at sides and bottom.
“ZAIRE” at top. M# with “U” prefix in lower corners.
Oval value figures made with lines of variable thickness.
TM: DC
V/F:      000oo




Congo DR D8.jpg


D8. Pitney Bowes “Automax” (MV).
Very similar to Type D7 but value figures plainer, made with lines of uniform thickness.
TM: DC
V/F:      00000      =00.oo      =0000




Congo DR D9.jpg
D9. Frama (MV).
Very similar to Types D7 and D8 but much smaller.
M# with “A” prefix. Value figures large and thick.
TM; DC
V/F:      00.00      00,00      00000      000,00




Congo DR D10.jpg
D10. Satas “J” (MV).      [Very scarce]
Small upright frank with simulated-perforation border with breaks in the sides.
“ZAÏRE” at top, M# at bottom with “SJ” prefix.
TM: SC with tall date figures
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00 .oo



Congo DR stamp type D11.jpg
D11. Satas (MV).      [Probably rare]
As Type D10 but frank is taller and the letters in the country name are both taller and narrower.
M# at bottom with “N” prefix.
TM: SC with small date figures
V/F:      MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000







GROUP E: Issues of 2nd Democratic Republic of Congo. (1997 to present), Inscribed "RD CONGO", “RDC” or provisional issues without country designation[edit]


Congo DR E1.jpg
E1. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).      [Probably rare]
As Type C4 but blank at top, without country designation.
One seen with “LUBUMBASHI” in the TM.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F:      MeterCat solid diamond.jpg00.00

NOTE: See Type D2a.



Congo DR E2.jpg


E2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).
As Type D5 but with “RDC” at top.
M# with “D” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000.00




Congo DR E3.jpg
Congo DR stamp type E3aa.jpg
E3. Frama (MV).
As Type D9 but with “RDC” at top.
Value figures large and thick.
M# with “A” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F:      000,00
a. Frank missing leaving only the value figures and town mark




Congo DR stamp type E4A.jpg
Congo stamp type E4.jpg


E4. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).
This appears to be a locally modified frank made from a Type E1 die modified to fit on a Hasler Mailmaster machine.
The prior (Type E1) inscriptions at top and bottom, including the side frame lines, were cut from the frank and new inscriptions added.
A. "RD CONGO" at top
B. "RD" alone at the top, resulting no doubt from breakage of "CONGO"
M# with "N" (or "A"?) prefix added at bottom.
One machine identified but others may exist since this one appears to be numbered "N03" or N08".
TM: SC ("BUKAVU 1")
V/F:      0000











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