International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Turkey

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Turkey[edit]

  • Other than one meter used for a short time in 1937, postage meter use in Turkey began in 1954.
  • All franks contain “TÜRK POSTALARI” or “TÜRKIYE CUMHURIYETI”.
  • The stamps are grouped according to appearance:
A – Frank with scalloped single-line frame line
B – Frank with simulated-perforation outer frame line and straight inner frame line
C – Franks with straight frame lines along all sides
D – Frank without outer frame line and with town mark attached
E – Frank with frame lines at top and bottom only, top line always with indented semi-circles
F – Frank with frame lines at top and bottom only, top line always straight
G – Frank with complete simulated-perforation outer frame line and no inner frame line

NOTE: For more detailed information about the meter stamps of Turkey, see Die Absender- und Postfreistempel der Türkei, by Otto Gleixner, self-published 1995, Seefeld, Germany.


GROUP A: Small upright frank with scalloped single-line outer border[edit]


Turkey stamp type A1.jpg


A1. Francotyp “C” (MV), 1937. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]

Star and Crescent in circle at top, “TÜRK POSTALARI” at bottom.
Only about ten examples known.
TM: SC
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GROUP B: Double frame lines with simulated-perforation outer border and straight-line inner border[edit]



SUB-GROUP BA: Star and crescent in field at right center[edit]



Turkey stamp type BA1A.jpg
Turkey stamp type BA1B.jpg



BA1. Universal “MultiValue” (MV), 1954.

Nearly square frank inscribed “KURUS” above boxed “POSTALARI” at bottom.
Text in frank is sanserif.
Star and crescent face left towards the center of the frank.
A. Large crescent, 9 mm tall MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]
B. Small crescent, 6.5 mm tall
TM: SC, DC
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Turkey stamp type BA2.jpg


BA2. Universal “MultiValue” (MV).

As Type BA1B but text in frank with serifs.
TM: DC
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a. Printed in black



Turkey stamp type BA3.jpg


BA3. Universal “MultiValue” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type BA1 but crescent faces right towards the outside of the frank.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BA4A.jpg
Turkey stamp type BA4Ca.jpg
Turkey stamp type BA4B.jpg
Turkey stamp type BA4Cb.jpg
Turkey stamp type BA4Cc.jpg

BA4. Postalia (MV), 1955.

Frank smaller than Types BA1 and 2, and value figures small and narrow.
Star and crescent face left towards the center of the frank.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank. Large crescent 9 mm tall. Right frame line stops at star and crescent field
B. Wide spacing between TM and frank. Small crescent 6 mm tall. Right frame line turns inward at star and crescent field
Ca. Narrow spacing between TM and frank, crescent field 11 x 10.5 mm with 13 lines
Cb. As "Ca", crescent field 9 x 10.5 mm with 13 lines
Cc. As "Ca" and "Cb", crescent field 9 x 9 mm with 10 or 11 lines
TM: DC, SC
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Turkey stamp type BA5.jpg


BA5. Postalia (MV).

As Type BA4Cc but the star and crescent face right.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BA6.jpg


BA6. Postalia (MV).

As Type BA5 “LIRA” at lower left above “POSTALARI” unboxed.
Crescent faces right.
TM: BIC
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Turkey stamp type BA7.jpg


BA7. Postalia (MV).

Similar to Types BA5 and BA6 but with narrow field of dashes added left of the value figures.
“LIRA” is centered above boxed “POSTALARI”.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BA8.jpg

BA8. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV), 1966.

Square frank wider than previous BA types.
“KURUS” above boxed “POSTALARI” at bottom.
Crescent faces left.
M# with “P.B.” prefix below frank.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BA9A.jpg
Turkey stamp type BA9B.jpg



BA9. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1967. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

“KURUS” above boxed “POSTALARI” at bottom.
Crescent faces center of frank.
A. Narrow frank, 24 x 30 mm
B. Wide frank, 28 x 30 mm
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BA10.jpg


BA10. Francotyp “Cc” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type BA9 but Crescent faces right.
“LIRA” centered above boxed “POSTALARI” at bottom.
TM: DC
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SUB-GROUP BB: Star and crescent in field at left center[edit]




Turkey stamp type BB1.jpg

BB1. Postalia (MV).

Tall, narrow frank
Small crescent faces right into center of frank.
A. Wide spacing between TM and frank (not shown)MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
B. Narrow spacing
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BB2.jpg

BB2. Pitney Bowes-GB “Automax” (MV), 1986. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Large, square frank.
Crescent faces right into center of frank.
With “LIRA” above boxed “POSTALARI” at bottom.
TM: DC
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SUB-GROUP BC: Star and crescent in field at top right[edit]




Turkey stamp type BC1.jpg

BC1. Sima (MV), 1971. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank 26 x 29 mm.
Wide spacing between TM and frank.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type BC2A.jpg
Turkey stamp type BC2B.jpg


BC2. Satas “Rotary” (MV), 1961.

Frank similar to Type BC1 but smaller.
Medium spacing between TM and frank.
Date figures tall or short.
A. Frank 23-24 x 25-26 mm
B. Frank 25 x 27 mm. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
TM: DC
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a. With hour figure between TM and frank
b. With backwards “F” symbol left of value figures




Turkey stamp type BC3.jpg

BC3. Satas “Baby” (MV), 1965. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type BC2 but even smaller, 21 x 25 mm.
Date figures large.
TM: SC
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SUB-GROUP BD: Without star and crescent[edit]




Turkey stamp type BD1.jpg


BD1. Postalia (MV), 1989.

“LIRA” in field at right center.
“POSTA” alone at bottom.
TM: DC, BIC
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Turkey stamp type BD2.jpg


BD2. Postalia (MV), 1986.

Similar to Tytpe BD1 but narrow field at right containing only lines.
“LIRA” centered above “POSTA” at bottom.
TM: DC
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GROUP C: Frank with straight frame lines at all sides[edit]



Turkey stamp type C1A.jpg
Turkey stamp type C1B.jpg



C1. Postalia (MV).

Upright frank with large panels at top and bottom.
Country name in top panel, "POSTA" in bottom panel.
A. Fixed zero and “LIRA” centered in line field at right
B. Two fixed zeros above “LIRA” in line field at right
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type C2.jpg

C2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Very wide frank.
"LIRA" imbedded in lines at right of value figures.
Without M#.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type C3A.jpg
Turkey stamp type C3B.jpg


C3. Neopost “Electronic” (MV).

Square to slightly wide frank with panels at top and bottom.
Side frame lines open opposite top panel.
Country name at top, "POSTA" at bottom.
A. "LIRA" below one fixed zero at right
B. “LIRA” below three fixed zeros at right
Without M#.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type C4.jpg

C4. Unidentified, probably Neopost (digital).

Frank wider than tall.
Value figures near bottom of frank with large "Kr" at right.
Time of day above date inside the TM.
Found in both blue and red.
TM: DC
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GROUP D: Town mark and frank joined, without outer border[edit]


Turkey stamp type D1.jpg
Turkey stamp type D1 NOTE.jpg

D1. Pitney Bowes “R” (MV), 1959 or earlier. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Town mark and value box joined by horizontal line field containing star and crescent.
“KURUS at bottom of value box.
One machine known, “P.B. 1".
TM: SC
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NOTE: Proofs are known from 1953. They are more common than postally used examples. The proofs have star and crescent facing right and have dashes at the sides of the meter number.



Turkey stamp type D2.jpg

D2. Pitney Bowes “5300” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type D1 but slightly wider design with larger value box fully enclosed except for space at top containing "KURUS".
Country name is not as tall as with C1.
M# with “P.B. prefix below star and crescent.
TM: SC
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GROUP E: Frank with frame lines at top and bottom only, top line always with indented semi-circles[edit]


SUB-GROUP EA: Star and crescent at right[edit]



Turkey stamp type EA1.jpg

EA1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV), 1977. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Value figures are lowered in relation to date figures.
Field of horizontal lines between TM and value box with “KURUS”/M# below.
Crescent faces left.
TM: DC
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a. Solid bar in place of M#



Turkey stamp type EA2.jpg

EA2. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” (MV).

Value figures are at same level as date figures.
M# with “P.B.A” prefix.
“KURUS” below value figures.
Crescent faces left.
TM: BIC, or SC with box surrounding date
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Turkey stamp type EA3.jpg

EA3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” (MV).

As Type EA2 but Crescent faces right.
“LIRA” below value figures.
TM: DC, or SC with box surrounding date
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SUB-GROUP EB Star and crescent at left[edit]



Turkey stamp type EB1.jpg

EB1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV), 1976. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Star and crescent facing right between TM and value box.
"POSTALARI" below upper panel line.
Value figures are lowered in relation to date figures.
“KURUS”/M# below.
TM: DC
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a. Solid bar in place of M#



Turkey stamp type EB2.jpg

EB2. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type EB1 but “POSTALARI” breaks upper panel line.
“LIRA” alone at lower left.
Without M#.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type EB3B.jpg
Turkey stamp type EB3C.jpg

EB3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” (MV).

Value figures are at same level as date figures.
"POSTALARI" at lower right.
Crescent faces right.
M# with “P.B.A” prefix.
A. Line field at right intact, "KURUS" below value figures (not shown)
B. As A but with fixed zero imbedded in line field at right
C. As A but with "LIRA" below value figures
TM: DC, SC with box surrounding date
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SUB-GROUP EC: Without star and crescent[edit]



Turkey stamp type EC1A.jpg
Turkey stamp type EC1B.jpg
Turkey stamp type EC1C.jpg



EC1. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

Value figures lowered in relation to date figures.
Center space between the horizontal line fields is 17 mm wide “POSTA” above value figures.
“LIRA” inside line field at right.
Without M#.
A. Line field at right contains only “LIRA” A
B. Line field at right contains fixed zero and “LIRA”
C. As B, but “LIRA” lowered with fixed zero above it
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type EC2A.jpg
Turkey stamp type EC2B.jpg



EC2. Pitney Bowes-GB “5000” (MV).

As Type EC1 but center space between the horizontal line fields is wider at 22 mm, and line fields at sides are narrower.
Without M#.
A. Line field at right contains only “LIRA”
B. Line field at right contains two fixed zeros above “LIRA”
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type EC3A.jpg
Turkey stamp type EC3B.jpg
Turkey stamp type EC3C1.jpg
Turkey stamp type EC3C2.jpg



EC3. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” (MV).

Similar to Type EC2 but value figures at same level as date figures.
Seven horizontal lines at left below country name.
“POSTA” at bottom center.
“LIRA” inside line field at right.
Without M#.
A. “LIRA” alone in line field at right intact
B. Fixed zero next to “LIRA” in line field at right
C1. Two fixed zeros at right; “LIRA” below zeros with line above and below. No line above “POSTA”.
C2. As C1 but no line above “LIRA”. Complete line above “POSTA”.
TM: SC with box around date, DC
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Turkey stamp type EC3p1.jpg

EC3.1. Pitney Bowes-GB “6500” (MV).

Similar to Type EC3 but nine horizontal lines at left below country name.
Fixed zero and “LIRA” in line field at right.
TM: SC with box around date
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Turkey stamp type EC4.jpg

EC4. Pitney Bowes-GB “6600” (MV).

Large frank with widely spaced lines at the sides
“POSTA” imbedded in line below value figures.
“LIRA” left of value figures.
Zero imbedded in line field at right.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type EC5.jpg

EC5. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” (MV), 1994.

Short frank with narrowly spaced lines at the sides.
“POSTALARI” below value figures.
“LIRA” left of value figures.
Value figures large.
Without M#.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type EC6.jpg

EC6. Pitney Bowes-GB “EasyMail” (digital).

Two columns of numbers at left of town mark.
“POSTA” left of value figures.
"LIRA" centered at bottom below value figures.
M# with "PB" prefix below "POSTA"
TM: DC
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GROUP F: Frank with frame lines at top and bottom only, top line always straight[edit]



SUB-GROUP FA: Star and crescent at left center[edit]



Turkey stamp type FA1.jpg

FA1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1981.

Line field at right 5 mm wide.
“KURUS” below value figures.
ME with “H” prefix at lower left.
TM: DC
A. Line field at right intact
B. Fixed zero imbedded in line field at right (not shown)
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Turkey stamp type FA2.jpg

FA2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type FA1 but wider line field at right (9 mm) with narrower center opening.
“LIRA” below value figures.
M# with “H” prefix.
TM: DC
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SUB-GROUP FB: Without star and crescent[edit]



Turkey stamp type FB1A.jpg
Turkey stamp type FB1B.jpg



FB1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Straight lines both above and below “TURKIYE CUMHURIYETI” at top.
M# with “H” prefix in bottom panel with “POSTA” centered between prefix and number.
A. “LiRA” centered in line field at right
B. “00 LiRA” in line field at right
TM: DC
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a. Unengraved block instead of meter number at lower right.




Turkey stamp type FB2.jpg

FB2. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV).

This stamp is nearly identical to Type EC3A except that a straight frame line has been added across the top.
"POSTA" centered at bottom.
"LIRA" centered at right.
Without M#.
TM: SC with frame around date
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Turkey stamp type FB3.jpg

FB3. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

This stamp is nearly identical to Type FB2 (with both straight and 'semi-circled' frame lines at top) except that it was applied by a Hasler "Mailmaster" and not a Pitney Bowes machine.
Without M#.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type FB4A.jpg
Turkey stamp type FB4B.jpg


FB4. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type C2 but without vertical frame lines at the sides.
The fields at the sides contain six relatively widely spaced lines.
With or without large “H” at bottom left.
A. “00/LiRA” imbedded at right
B. “YKr” imbedded at right
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type FB5A.jpg
Turkey stamp type FB5B.jpg


FB5. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type FB4 but fields at sides contain 14 lines (or 15 if lowest line is broken above “POSTA”).
"LIRA" below imbedded zeros at right.
“H” in lower left corner.
Without M#.
A. Single complete line separates top and bottom panels from the center
B. Two complete lines separate top and bottom panels from the center
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type FB5point1.jpg

FB5.1. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type FB5A but "LiRA" alone centered at right.
"POSTA" alone in bottom panel.
Without M#.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type FB6A.jpg
Turkey stamp type FB6B.jpg



FB6. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

As Type FB5 but wider center with narrower fields at the sides.
“H” at lower left, and M# at lower right with “POSTA” between.
A. “LIRA” is centered in line field at right
B. "LIRA" is low at right, below imbedded zero
TM: DC
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GROUP G: Frank with complete simulated-perforation outer frame line[edit]



Turkey stamp type G1.jpg

G1. Pitney Bowes-GB "6900” (MV), 2005 or earlier.

Horizontal frank with “TURKIYE CUMHURIYETI” at top and "YKr" at bottom.
Hash marks at left contain "POSTA" at center and "PB" at bottom.
Narrower hash marks are at right.
Without meter number.
TM: DC
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Turkey stamp type G2.jpg

G2. Pitney Bowes (MV), 2010 or earlier.

Frank similar in design to Type G1 but with "Kr" at right of value figures and nothing below.
Single column of numbers at left of the TM.
Meter number with PB prefix at lower left.
TM: DC containing time above date
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