International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Czech Republic

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Czech Republic[edit | edit source]

The first meter was used in 1993 after the breakup of Czechoslovakia. All stamps show “CESKA REPUBLIKA” in the frank. For issues before 1993 see CZECHOSLOVAKIA.
The stamps are grouped according to usage:
A. Franks with simulated perforation outer frames
B. Franks without outer frames
PO. Stamps generated only by Post Office machines

GROUP A: Stamps for general commercial usage[edit | edit source]

All have simulated-perforation outer border, straight-line inner border, country name in panel at top, and post horn at bottom.

Sub-group AA: Mechanical (non-digital) stamps[edit | edit source]

AA1. Postalia “D3” (MV).

Frame is filled in between inner and outer border lines.
Frank width variable from 26 to 29 mm. Frank frame thickness also variable.
Value figures thin and narrow.
Date figures 2, 2½ or 3 mm tall, with or without stops. If with stops, the one between M and Y is closer to the Y.
V/F:      0000      00.00      00.0o      000.oo      000000

AA2. Francotyp-Postalia “EFS3000/NEF300” (MV).

As Type AA1 but inner and outer border lines are not filled in.
Value figures thin and narrow.
Date figures 3 mm tall, with stops. The stop between M and Y is always closer to the M.
TM: DC (found with stars or identification number at bottom)
V/F:      00.00      000.00      0000.00

AA3. Francotyp “C” (MV).

As Czechoslovakia Type B3 but with new country inscription.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
Frank variable in width from 28 to 32 mm.
V/F:      0oo (O)     000 (G)

AA4. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type AA1 (frame lines filled in) but with larger value figures.
Frank width variable from 26 to 28 mm.
Date with stops after D and between M and Y.
V/F:      000.00      0000.00

AA5. Frama “M/E” (MV).

Value figures large and thick.
Country inscription in top panel variable in size.
Wide date with stops after D and M.
TM: DC variable in size
V/F:      000.00

AA6. Frama “EPS” (MV).

Similar to Type AA2 but date without stops.
A. Nearly square frank, 27 x 29/30 mm
B. Frank noticeably taller than wide, 25 x 30 mm
TM: DC variable in size
V/F:      000o      000.00

NOTE: Sub-type B appears to be from the Frama EPS machine but this may be inaccurate.

AA7. Pitney Bowes-GB "6900" (MV).

Smaller frank with relatively small value figures.
Frank variable in width. Post horn is tiny.
A. Short letters in top panel
B. Letters in top panel are taller
C. As B but frank is much larger
V/F:      0.00 00.00 (C only)

AA8. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV).

Frank considerably wider than tall.
V/F:      000.00

AA9. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV).

Similar to Type AA7 but country name at top without panel line.
The outer frame consists of two thin lines rather than one thick one.

V/F:      000.00

AA10. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Frank nearly square 25 x 26.5 mm.
Both date and value figures widely spaced.
V/F:      0000

Sub-group AB: Digital stamps[edit | edit source]

AB1. Francotyp-Postalia “T1000” (digital).

Printed in shiny, cherry red through a mylar ribbon.
Value figures narrow but somewhat thick.
V/F:      0000.00

AB2. Francotyp-Postalia (digital).

Nearly square frank, 27 x 29 mm.
Relatively thin frame line with large points between the simulated perforations.
Date figures widely spaced.
V/F:      0000.00
a. With impression counter number vertical at left of town mark

AB3. Pitney Bowes ”EasyMail” (digital).

Wide frank, 32 x 24 mm.
Date figures with stops but tight spacing.
V/F:      ≋000.00
a. Abnormal value figures:      00.00
     (The EasyMail model did not normally print value figures like this.)

AB4. Frama “Sensonic” (digital).

"CESKA REPUBLIKA" variable in size
Very tall value figures.
A. Upright frank, 24 x 29 mm
B. Square frank, 24 x 24 mm
V/F:      000.00      0000.00

AB5. Neopost “SM26” (digital).

Fairly small frank slightly taller than wide, 24 x 26 mm.
Lettering in top panel is quite small with blank space at either side of text.
Value figures quite narrow.
V/F:      ≋000.00

AB6. Neopost (digital).

Small, nearly square frank,, 24½ x 24 mm.
Text in top panel is much closer to bottom than to top.
Post horn at bottom is small
V/F:      000.00

AB7. Neopost (digital).

As Type AB6 but the post horn at bottom is larger.
The date figures are also larger.
The decimal in the value figures is smaller and barely displaces the adjacent figures.
V/F:      000.00

AB8. Unidentified, probably Neopost (digital).

As Type AB7 but the value figures are not as tall.
The date figures are more widely spaced than with AB7.
V/F:      0000.00

AB9. Unidentified, probably Neopost (digital).

As Type AB8 but the value figures are slightly thicker and more narrowly spaced.
Identification number with "#" prefix reads up left of the town mark.
A. The decimal in the value figures is even with the bottom of the numbers
B. Value figures slightly larger, with decimal below the bottom of the numbers
V/F:      0000.00

GROUP B: Stamps without outer frames[edit | edit source]

B1. Neopost "IS-480" (digital), 2014.

Top line: posthorn logo above the date, "Česká pošta", and alue figures.
Frank with horizontal 2D barcode at lower left.
Meter number above barcode.
A. Private/commercial use stamp, M# with "L87" prefix (used with and without slogan)
B. Post Office stamp, M# with "L97" prefix (not used with slogan)
Town identification at right of barcode.
V/F:      000.00

NOTE: The code "01" appearing below the value figures in the Post Office stamp (B1B) indicates use on bulk mail.

B2. Francotyp Postalia "PostBase 65" (digital), 2017.

Nearly identical to Type B1A but meter number with "L88" prefix.
V/F:      (00)0.00

B3. Frama, model unidentified (digital), 2018.

Very similar to Types B1A and B2 but the date figures are larger than with Types B1 and B2.
The other inscriptions are also somewhat larger.
Meter number with "L81" prefix.
V/F:      (00)0.00

GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by machines in Post Offices[edit | edit source]

  • See also Type B1B for a Post Office stamp.

PO1. Vývojářské centrum České pošty s.p. - OZ VAKUS (The Czech Post Research Center, State Enterprise - OZ VAKUS) "APost" (digital), 1994.
Digital stamp printed on a self-adhesive label 41 x 68 mm.
Label has blue outer border, an underprint of diagonal yellow text, a rectangle for the registration or other special service number, and an inner frank in blue with country name at top.
Point-of-sale data printed digitally in black: registration number in box at center left (or string of asterisks if usage is not registered), date, ID number, weight, and postage value.
A. Town identification preprinted at top left
B. Town identification printed digitally with point-of-sale data
V/F:      (00)0.00

PO2.1. Vývojářské centrum České pošty s.p. - OZ VAKUS (The Czech Post Research Center, State Enterprise - OZ VAKUS) "APost (second version)" (digital), 1994.
As Type PO1 but shorter label, 29/30 x 68 mm.
The inner frank containing the country name and value figures in red rather than blue.
The town/post office identification is always pre-printed.
The inner box at left usually contains a number, with or without letter(s) prefix, for registration, insurance or other special service. The date, weight and other point-of-sale codes are printed below the box. For routine mail without a special service, the point-of-sale data can print inside the box with a line of asterisks above.
A. Yellow underprint somewhat heavy and uniform throughout the label
B. Yellow underprint is light and is missing or much lighter inside the registration box and the inner frank
C. Similar to A but with yellow underprint inverted.
V/F:      (00)0.00
a. With "VSZ" below 0.00 value figures. This indicates the mail piece already had postage affixed. The label provides the registration number.
b. With "BEZH" below the value figures. This indicates the postage was paid from the mailer's standing account with the post office.
  • Variations exist in both the width of the inner box at left and the font used to print the point-of-sale data. See examples at right. This may be due to system updates or the introduction of new models. More information is needed to describe these with greater accuracy.
  • The value figures are found both on the same level as the line of asterisks/registration number and lower. (This may indicate different machine models.)

PO2.2. Vývojářské centrum České pošty s.p. - OZ VAKUS (digital).
As Type PO2.1 but the town/post office identification is not pre-printed but applied with the point-of-sale data.
Two slightly different types of font have been used. They are most easily distinguished by the 6-pointed asterisks that print when there is no registration number. One font has asterisks with horizontal bar and the other has asterisks with vertical bar.
V/F:      (00)0.00

PO3.1. Vývojářské centrum České pošty s.p. - OZ VAKUS (digital), 2019.
Plain white self-adhesive label with Czech Post logo at upper left and a line of text at bottom below a bar. The text repeats the country name in Czech and English twice.
Through the centre are two or three lines of data:
The top line shows a registration or other identification number at left and the value figures at right.
The second line has the date at left and the weight at right with two 3-digit codes of unknown purpose between.
The third line, when present, shows a two-letter code which is possibly a town code.
This system is used mostly for valuable mail (RR registered, and VV insured) plus parcels.
A. Postcode, town and PO number preprinted at top left.
B. Postcode, town and PO number printed digitally with point-of-sale data
V/F:      (00)0.00

PO3.2. Vývojářské centrum České pošty s.p. - OZ VAKUS (digital), 2019.
As PO3.1 but the two data lines in the center show the identification number alone, right justified, above the date, two 3-digit codes, weight, and value figures.
V/F:      (00)0.00

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