International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/United Nations

From Wikibooks, open books for an open world
Jump to: navigation, search

United Nations[edit]

  • The United Nations uses distinctive postage meters in their United States headquarters and in their offices in Switzerland and Austria. In other locations United Nations offices and contingencies use meter stamps of the local country.
  • The earliest UN distinctive meters began use in its United States headquarters in 1951.
  • The stamps are grouped by period of use and location:
A – Forerunner stamps, from setup period in the United States prior to 1951
B – Stamps used in the United States headquarters
C – Stamps used in Switzerland branch offices ()
D – Stamps used in Austria branch offices ()
  • For more detailed information, see United Nations Philately, by Arleigh Gaines, New York, 1980. (Later editions may exist.) Currently out of print.



GROUP A: Meter stamps used by the United Nations while organizing its headquarters in New York[edit]


United Nations stamp type A1A7b.jpg

A1. Pitney Bowes “R" (MV), 1945.

This is United States Type IA3 with various town marks and slogans used by the United Nations prior to implementation of their own designs.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg . 00 : MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 :
Five town marks and five slogans were used. The slogans are:


United Nations forerunner meter stamp slogans.jpg
A. Town mark NEW YORK
A1. Meter 108314
A1a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
A1b. slogan I MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]
A1c. slogan II MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
A1d. slogan IV MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
United Nations stamp type A1C2c.jpg
A2. Meter 109534, slogan I MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]
A3. Meter 113436
A3a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
A3b. slogan II MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10 for philatelic FDC, otherwise $50+]
A4. Meter 1365611, no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
A5. Meter 151461, no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$150]
United Nations stamp type A1C4c.jpg
A6. Meter 152077, no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
A7. Meter 182488
A7a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]
A7b. slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50, FDC $75]
A8. Meter 186840, no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
A9. Meter 186897
A9a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
A9b. slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]


B. Town mark GREAT NECK
B1. Meter 113436
B1a. no sloganMeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
B1b. slogan II MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[FDC $25, otherwise $200]
B2. Meter 180705, slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]


C. Town mark LAKE SUCCESS
C1. Meter 113436, slogan II MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[FDC $15, otherwise $25]
C2. Meter 115515
C2a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
C2b. slogan II MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
C2c. slogan III MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$60]
C2d. slogan IV MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[Extremely rare, known only by a single cut-out. Value uncertain]
C3. Meter 116728
C3a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]
C3b. slogan IV MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
C4. Meter 126118
C4a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
C4b. slogan III MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
C4c. slogan IV MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
C4d. slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
C5. Meter 138421
C5a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$20]
C5b. slogan IV MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]
C5c. slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]
C6. Meter 150815
C6a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]
C6b. slogan IV MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$125]


D. Town mark LONG ISLAND CITY
D1. Meter 162110, slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]
D2. Meter 163706
D2a. no slogan MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$400]
D2b. slogan V MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]


NOTE: Unless otherwise noted catalog values are for service use (non-philatelic) on full cover.



Image needed.jpg
USA G1.jpg


A2. Pitney Bowes (MV), 1949. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$75]

This is United States Type G1 with town mark "WASHINGTON D.C." used by the United Nations prior to implementation of their own stamp designs.
Meter 92289 only.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0 00
NOTE: Shown at right is an example of a United States Type G1 stamp, not the exact stamp used by the United Nations.





GROUP B: Meter stamps used at United Nations headquarters in New York[edit]


United Nations stamp type B1.jpg
United Nations stamp type B1a.jpg

B1. Pitney Bowes “R" (MV), 24 October 1951.

Horizontal design without outer frame.
UN building between TM and value figures.
“UN/POSTAGE” above value figures and “CENTS” below.
M# “–1–“ through “–4–“ with “P.B.” prefix at bottom center.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00 :
a. With “POSTAGE” missing below “UN”. Meter #3 used between June and September 1977 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$15]




United Nations stamp type B2.jpg

B2. Pitney Bowes “6500” (MV), 1983.

Similar to Type B1 but wider design, without “CENTS” below value figures.
M# 1 through 6 (till 1991) and 15000 through 15006 (from 1991 to 1995).
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00




United Nations stamp type B3.jpg

B3. Pitney Bowes “Paragon” (MV), 1995.

Similar to Types B1 and B2 but larger design.
Value figures enclosed within a box.
“UNITED NATIONS’ above the box, “UN POSTAGE” inside the box at the bottom.
M# 0015007 through 0015016 with “PB METER” above.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0.00




United Nations stamp type B4.jpg


B4. Pitney Bowes “Gem” (digital), 2005.

With large square digital data field at left.
Town line “MAILED FROM ZIP CODE 10017” across bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg $000.00o








GROUP C: Meter stamps used at United Nations offices in Switzerland[edit]


United Nations stamp type C1.jpg
United Nations stamp type C1a.jpg

C1. Hasler “F88" (MV), 1969.

Frank with line ornaments in each corner, a large “P” at each side, UN logo at top, and “NATIONS UNIES” at bottom.
The UN logo is raised slightly in relation to the upper line ornaments.
Meter number below frank, M# 3401 only.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000
a. Without meter number MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$50]




United Nations stamp type C2.jpg

C2. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV), 1986.

Similar to Type C1 but the UN logo is even with the upper line ornaments, and the value figures are slightly smaller.
M# 21997 only.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000









GROUP D: Meter stamps used at United Nations offices in Austria[edit]



Sub-Group DA: For use at UN business offices. TM with “WIEN” only[edit]



United Nations stamp type DA1.jpg

DA1. Postalia (MV), 1979.

Upright rectangle with double straight-line border.
“VEREINTE / NATIONEN” at top, “GROSCHEN” at bottom.
Value figures small and narrow.
TM: SC with “WIEN” at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000




United Nations stamp type DA2.jpg


DA2. Francotyp “Cc” (MV), 1979.

Very similar to Type DA1 but value figures larger and with leading diamond.
TM: SC with “WIEN” at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ♦000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg♦0000




United Nations stamp type DA3.jpg


DA3. Frama (MV), 1979.

Very similar to Type DA2 but wider value figures and with slightly narrower spacing between the frank and town mark.
Frank 30mm tall.
TM: SC with “WIEN” at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




United Nations stamp type DA4.jpg


DA4. Frama (MV), 1979.

Similar to previous DA types but shorter frank, 26mm, and with 5-bank value figure.
TM: SC with “WIEN” at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000




United Nations stamp type DA5.jpg

DA5. Pitney Bowes “5000” (MV), 1979.

Horizontal frank with single straight-line border.
“VEREINTE/ NATIONEN/ GROSCHEN” in three lines at top above value figures.
The date figures are raised in relation to the value figures.
TM: SC with “WIEN” at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




United Nations stamp type DA6.jpg


DA6. Pitney Bowes “A/B900” (MV).

Plain, rectangular frank as with Type DA5.
“VERIENTE NATIONEN” in one line at top with “EURO CENT” immediately below.
M# with “P” prefix at bottom.
TM: SC with “WIEN” at top
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000









Sub-Group DB: For use at the UN post office, TM includes “VEREINTE NATIONEN”[edit]



United Nations stamp type DB1.jpg

DB1. Postalia (MV), 1979.

Wide rectangle with “1400WIEN-VEREINTE NATIONEN” at top, “NACHGEBUHR” at bottom.
With large “S” between date at left and value figures at right.
Used for collecting Postage Due.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000.00




United Nations stamp type DB2.jpg


DB2. Satas (MV), 1980.

Similar to Type DA1 but TM SC containing “WIEN – VEREINTE NATIONEN” at top and post code at bottom.
With hour figure between TM and frank.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




United Nations stamp type DB3.jpg

DB3. Pitney Bowes “6300” (MV), 1981.

Small horizontal frank with double-line border.
“VEREINTE/NATIONEN” at top and “GROSCHEN” at bottom right.
TM as with Type DB2
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




United Nations stamp type DB4.jpg

DB4. Hasler “Mailmaster” (MV).

Similar to Type DB2 but without hour figure.
Inscriptions in frank are smaller than with Type DB2.
TM as with Type DB2
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 00000





NOTE: At least one meter used in the United Nations office in Vienna has an Austrian rather than United Nations frank but with “VEREINTE NATIONEN WIEN” in the town mark. The one shown below is from a Francotyp-Postalia digital “JetMail” machine.


United Nations stamp type D NOTE.jpg








Return to main catalog International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog


Return to top United_Nations