International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Ruanda-Urundi

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Ruanda-Urundi[edit | edit source]

  • 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.

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 [$15]
B: M# B12 [$50]
V/F: 0oo (B11) 00oo (B12)

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 [$20]
B. M# F-27 [extremely rare, value uncertain]
V/F: ◆0.00 (F-8) ◆00.00 (F-9, F-27)

3. Universal “Multi-Value” (MV). [$20]

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

4. Francotyp, either "Cc" or "Cm 7000/10000” (MV). [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: ◆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.