International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Trinidad & Tobago

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Trinidad and Tobago[edit]

  • This former British colony obtained its independence in 1962. Meters were first used in 1931 during the colonial years. These franks contained the crown and cipher of the British monarch. Many were used as such without alteration well after independence.
  • All franks contain “TRINIDAD & TOBAGO”.
  • Currency was changed from Sterling (£sd) to decimal in 1955.
  • The stamps are grouped by appearance and function:
A – general commercial use franks with upright orientation
B – general commercial use franks with horizontal orientation
PO – stamps generated by special post office machines
  • For specialized information about the meter stamps of Trinidad & Tobago, see Trinidad & Tobago Postal Meter Stamps, by R.G. Wike, Harry Hayes, Batley, W. Yorkshire, England, 1979.



GROUP A: General commercial use franks with upright orientation[edit]


Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A1A.jpg
Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A1B.jpg
Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A1C.jpg



A1. Neopost (LV-6/-8), 1931.

Small frank with diamonds in side panels.
The meter number appears in the side panels with "N" prefix at left and the number at right.
TM: BIC
A. “£sd” currency, with “D” indicator: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg½, 1, 2, 3, 6, 1/- MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
B. Decimal currency, with “c” indicator. Large V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 20, 24 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
C. As B but value figures much smaller: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1, 2, 3, 6, 12, 20, 24, 25 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
a. M# N22 without currency indicator, numeral only
NOTE: The 25 cent value for type A1C may not exist. It is undocumented elsewhere and is possibly a misidentified 24 cent value.






Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A2.jpg

A2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1941.

Frank with simulated perforation frame line, crown at top center.
Currency indicator “$ | ¢” above “POSTAGE” at bottom.
Vertical lines at sides.
M# with “U” prefix in bottom corners.
TM: DC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0oo (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00oo (O)
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg00 (A) MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A) (U11 only) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A3.jpg

A3. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).

Very similar to Type A2 but currency indicator “¢” centered at bottom.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0 (A) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0 (O) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A4.jpg

A4. Universal “Simplex” (LV-25), 1953. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Similar to Type A2 but smaller frank with “CENTS” below value figure.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
M# with “S” prefix.
TM: DC
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1¢ through 21¢(?) in 1¢ steps




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A5.jpg


A5. Universal “Automax” (MV).

Similar to Type A2 but crown different, and inscriptions smaller.
M# with “U” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg=0.oo




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A6.jpg

A6. Satas (MV)1955. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$35]

Frank design similar to Type A2 but spacing much wider.
With 6-digit S# high between TM and frank.
One meter only “S1”.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0.oo




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A7A.jpg
Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A7B.jpg



A7. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV), 1957.

Frank with simulated-perforation outer border and with curved petal design at sides and a small crown/”EiiR” at bottom center.
Spacing variable.
M# with “RN” prefix in lower corners.
A. Frank 26-27 x 29-30 mm
B. Frank 29-30 x 32 mm MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00




Image needed.jpg


A8. Neopost “Frankmaster 305” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]

As Type A7 but with crown and EiiR removed.
M# with “RN” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type A9.jpg

A9. Postalia (MV), 1960.

Single-line simulated-perf-oration outer frame.
Crown below country name at top.
M# with “P” prefix.
Three parallel curved dashes at sides.
Spacing very narrow.
Value figures narrow.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00






GROUP B: General commercial use franks with horizontal or square orientation[edit]


Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B1.jpg

B1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV), 1961. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]

Horizontal frank without outer frame.
Country name with crown in arch above value box.
Columns of small ornaments at sides.
Date figures raised in relation to value figures.
“$” inside value box.
M# with “P.B.” prefix between TM and value box.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ 00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ 00 :



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B2.jpg

B2. Pitney Bowes “5000” (MV), 1966.

Very similar to Type 8 but somewhat larger.
“$” breaks left side of value box.
Horizontal line added below value box.
Value box 18.5 or 19.5 mm wide.
M# with “P.B.” or “P.B.U” prefix in lower left corner.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ 0.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B3.jpg

B3. Neopost “205/2205” (MV), 1964.

Small square frank with country name in large panel at top and curved petal design at sides.
Date figures tall (205) or short (2205).
M# with large “NE” prefix at bottom.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B4.jpg

B4. Neopost “405/505” (MV), 1973.

Very similar to Type B3 but much wider.
Date figures short.
M# with “RN” or “RV” prefix.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0•00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00•00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B5A.jpg
Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B5B.jpg



B5. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Very similar to Type B4 but frank somewhat narrower and taller.
Wide date with stops after D and M.
M# with “NE” prefix.
A. M# in lower corners
B. M# centered at bottom
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B6.jpg

B6. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV), 1973.

Horizontal frank with frame lines at top and bottom, open at sides.
Three ornaments at left side, and crown and three horizontal dashes at right.
M# with “PB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg$ 0.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B7.jpg

B7. Pitney Bowes-GB “6300” (MV).

Similar to Type B6 but with coat of arms at left side and without crown at right.
M# with “P.B.” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B8.jpg

B8. Pitney Bowes-GB “6600” (MV).

Similar to Types B6 and B7 but with horizontal dashes at left.
“POSTAGE” and “PAID” are vertical at sides.
M#, with “PB” prefix, is centered at bottom.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00




Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B9.jpg


B9. Pitney Bowes-GB “6900” (MV).

Very similar to Type B8 but taller and narrower with more tightly spaced dashes at sides.
M# with “PB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B10.jpg

B10. Pitney Bowes “A900” (MV).

Very similar to Type B8 but not as tall and with 5-bank value figures.
Dashes at sides more tightly spaced.
M# with “PB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B11.jpg

B11. Pitney Bowes “EasyMail” (digital).

Similar to Type B10 but with two columns of numbers at left of town mark.
Date as DD/MM/YY.
M# with “PB” prefix.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00.00



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type B12.jpg

B12. Pitney Bowes “DM”(?) series (digital).

Plain frank with frame lines at top and bottom and with hash marks at right.
"POSTAGE" at top, M# with "PB" prefix at bottom.
The country name is found in the bottom of the town mark.
Two columns of numbers at left of TM.
TM: rectangle
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00








GROUP PO: Stamps from special post office machines[edit]


Trinidad & Tobago stamp type PO1.jpg

PO1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1955. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Horizontal frank with simulated-perforation frame.
Straight-line TM at left inside frame.
Center design is map of the country.
Impression counter number breaks top frame line at left, and date breaks bottom frame at left.
M# “UR1” only
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00oo



Trinidad & Tobago stamp type PO2A.jpg
Trinidad & Tobago stamp type PO2B.jpg



PO2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]

Very similar to Type PO1 but smaller.
M# with “UR” prefix
A. Without impression counter. Frame line at upper left is complete. M# UR4 seen.
B. Impression counter number breaks upper left corner of frame. M# unengraved block with “UR” prefix.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00oo







Trinidad & Tobago stamp type PO3.jpg

PO3. 1955, T.I.M. (LV-200), 1955. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200 for proof impression]

Very wide design in three parts.
Small part at left has country name and “PARCEL POST” vertical.
Center and right segments are similar in shape. The center part contains vertical “POSTAGE PAID”, and the right part containing the value figures.
Meter numbers 1, 2, 3 and 4 without prefix.
Although at least three of the four machines sent to the country were placed into use, no surviving postally used examples are known.
Values: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.oo to 9.95 in steps of 0.05



NOTE: A Universal “Midget” meter (M1) was sent to Trinidad and Tobago in 1930 but probably was not placed into use. Proofs exist.








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