International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Ruanda-Urundi

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  • The earliest meter seen from this African colony of Belgium is dated 1951.
  • Only five postage meters (three types) are known to have been used in the territory.
  • All stamps are inscribed “RUANDA-URUNDI”.
  • In 1962 Ruanda-Urundi gained its independence and split into two countries, RWANDA and BURUNDI. See these countries for issues since 1962.
  • One meter, type 2, meter F9, was used with unaltered Ruanda-Urundi inscription into 1973.

Ruanda-Urundi stamp type 1A.jpg

1. Hasler “F88” (MV), 1951.

Upright frank with crown at top above scroll containing territory name.
M# with “B” prefix below frank.
Two meters known, B11 and B12.
Used without town mark
A: M# B11 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
B: M# B12 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg0oo (B11) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 8-point starburst.jpg00oo (B12)

Ruanda-Urundi stamp type 2.jpg

2. Francotyp “Cc” (MV).

Upright frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight line inner border.
Country name curved at top, two lions in lower corners flanking boxed M# with “F –“ prefix.
M# Three meters known, F-8, F-9, F-27.
A. M# F-8 or F-9 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
B. M# F-27 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[extremely rare, value uncertain]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆0.00 (F-8) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆00.00 (F-9, F-27)

Ruanda-Urundi stamp type 3.jpg

3. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

Smaller frank with border as with Type 2.
Country name straight at top, “Fr | Ct” below value figures.
M# U45 known.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000oo

Ruanda Urundi stamp type 4.jpg

4. Francotyp, either "Cc" or "Cm 7000/10000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare. Value unknown]

Frank wider than tall with crown between horizontal lines at top.
"RUANDA / URUNDI" above meter number at bottom.
Lions in the lower corners.
M# F99 seen
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆00.00

NOTE: The stamp is dated 15 May 1982, two decades after Ruanda-Urundi ceased to exist and became the separate countries of Rwanda and Burundi. It is possible this stamp is misdated and it is also possible the meter continued to be used unchanged or was returned to service provisionally in Burundi where Bujumbura (nee Usumbura) is located.