International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/French Polynesia

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French Polynesia[edit]

  • The territory of French Polynesia includes the Society Islands, Marquesas Islands, Austral Islands, Tuamotu Archipelago, and Gambier Islands. All meter stamps save those used by the military have POLYNESIE FRANCAISE in the frank. The earliest meters appear to have been introduced in the 1960s.
  • The stamps are grouped by usage:
A - stamps from mechanical meters for general business and private use
B - stamps from digital meters for general business and private use
PO - stamps generated by machines in Post Offices



GROUP A: Stamps for general business and private use (mechanical)[edit]


NOTE: The stamps previously cataloged as Types A1 and A7 are Post Office stamps. They are now cataloged as Types PO1 and PO2.


French Polynesia stamp type A2.jpg
A2. Satas “R” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Date figures short.
M# with “SR” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000
a. TM inverted MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]



French Polynesia stamp type A3.jpg
A3. Satas “J” (MV).
Date figures tall.
M# with “SJ” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. V/F without leading star: 00 (SJ 19506) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]



French Polynesia stamp type A4.jpg
A4. Satas “F” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Date figures tall.
M# with “SF” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000



French Polynesia stamp type A5.jpg


A5. Satas “L” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
M# with “SL” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000



French Polynesia stamp type A6.jpg
A6. Secap “NA” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
“POSTES” nearly straight.
M# with “NA” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



French Polynesia stamp type A8.jpg


A8. Secap (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
M# with “PF” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000



French Polynesia stamp type A9.jpg
A9. SMH Alcatel (Neopost) “Electronic” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
M# with “R” prefix.
TM: SC, DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. Meter number with "SJ" prefix, normally on Type A3



NOTE: The stamp previously cataloged as Type A10 is now Type B1.

French Polynesia stamp type A10 actual.jpg
A10. Neopost (MV).
Date with stops centered between day, month, and year.
M# with “F” prefix.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000







GROUP B: Stamps for general business and private use (digital)[edit]


French Polynesia stamp type A10.jpg
B1. Neopost "IJ series" (MV).
The frank is as wide as it is tall, and the town mark is a square nearly the same size as the frank.
M# with "IJ" prefix.
TM: square, open at center of sides
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000







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


NOTE: The stamps previously cataloged as Types PO1 and PO2 are now Types PO3 and PO4.


French Polynesia stamp type A1.jpg
PO1. Satas “P” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
Stamp as found in Group A but with time of day indicated.
Date figures tall. Hour figure between TM and frank.
M# with “SP” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000F MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat solid 5-point star.jpg000



French Polynesia stamp type A7.jpg
PO2. Secap “N1” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
Stamp as found in Group A but with time of day indicated.
Hour figure left of the TM.
M# with “N1” prefix
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Military Official stamp, with “POSTALE AUX ARMEES” in the town mark. M#s N1-96-203 /-207 and /–211 seen. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]



French Polynesia stamp type PO1.jpg
PO3. Satas (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$7.50]
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: straight-line with date in center including hour and minutes
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000
a. Without meter number. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]




French Polynesia stamp type PO2.jpg


PO4. Olivetti “PR50” (digital).
Frameless design on self-adhesive label with underprint in yellow brown of beach scene.
Town name at top above “TAHITI – I.D.V.”
Date and hour at center above postal code.
Value at far right above machine number with “P” prefix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000
a. With large “R” and number at left, for registered mail.