International Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Vatican City

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Vatican City[edit]

  • The first meter was installed in early 1933 and used by the newspaper I’Illustrazione Vaticana. No other meter was used in the Vatican until 1942.
  • All Vatican City meter franks contain “POSTE VATICANE”. Town marks contain “CITTA’ DEL VATICANO” or “POSTE VATICANE”. Some town marks also include the postal code or the user's identification at the bottom.
  • The stamps of are grouped according to the appearance of the frank and usage:
A – Small upright frank with papal seal at top
B – Frank with side panels containing three vertical lines
C – Frank with side panels containing leaf design
D – Frank with side panels containing non-representational ornaments with blank space above and below
E – Frank with side panels containing two parallel wavy lines
F – Scalloped outer frame, without side panels, papal seal at top
PO – Stamps generated only by meters used in the Vatican Post Office
  • For specialized information about the meter stamps of the Vatican, see Repertorio – Catalogo delle Affrancature Meccaniche della CITTA del VATICANO, 1998, Barberis, Consolini and Rassu, AICAM Publication no. 201.



GROUP A: Small upright rectangle with Papal seal at top[edit]



Vatican stamp type A1.jpg

A1. Havas (MV), January 1933. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]

Frank with single-line simulated perforation border, “POSTE/ VATICANE” at bottom.
TM straight-line at left with “L’ILLVSTRAZIONE/ VATICANA” slogan and 4-digit impression counter number above.
Although the latest date seen is 20 III 35, it is possible the meter was used until the newspaper ceased publication in 1940.
TM: SL
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★000


NOTE: Proofs exist dated 31 XII 32. Although scarce they are somewhat more common than properly used stamps on cover. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$100]








GROUP B: Horizontal frank with simulated perforation outer border and straight-line inner border. Panels at sides contain three vertical lines.[edit]



Sub-group BA: Side panel lines broken by a circle at center[edit]



Vatican stamp type BA1A.jpg
Vatican stamp type BA1B.jpg


BA1. Sima (MV), 1942.

Frank 30 to 32 mm wide, with single circle town mark about 35 mm to the left.
Slogan between TM and frank.
The entire stamp is contained in a double-lined box.
A. Slogan in center between TM and frank
B. The outer box is deeper and contains a slogan at bottom
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00.00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0.000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[One postally used example known, $500. Several proof are known, $200]







Vatican stamp type BA2A.jpg
Vatican stamp type BA2B.jpg



BA2. Sima (MV), 1949.

Very similar to Type BA1 but the frank is wider, ~35 mm.
“POSTE VATICANE” has dots or dashes at the sides.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.00 (one user known) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$200]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg★00.= (two users known) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]








Vatican stamp type BA3.jpg
Vatican stamp type BA3aa.jpg

BA3. Lirma (MV), 1958. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Very similar to Type BA1 but the distance between the TM and the frank is smaller, ~24-25 mm.
The frank itself is slightly narrower, ~28-29 mm., than BA1, and the value figures are much smaller.
The panel containing “POSTE VATICANE” does not touch the larger section below.
All examples seen have the Papal seal between the TM and frank.
Five users known.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000
a. With “VIA / AEREA” added below frank



Vatican stamp type BA4.jpg

BA4. Lirma (MV), 1981.

Very similar to Type BA3 but without the outer box.
Spacing between TM and frank ~30-31 mm.
TM: SC, BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (two users known.) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (one user known) MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]




Vatican stamp type BA5.jpg

BA5. Lirma (MV), 1970. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BA3 but the TM and frank are narrowly spaced, only 1 to 4 mm apart.
Narrow frank, ~26 mm wide.
The frank displaces the lines of the outer box.
User ID in bottom of TM.
Two users known.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000



Vatican stamp type BA6.jpg

BA6. Postalia (MV), 1986. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BA5 but the outer box lines are complete and are not broken by the frank.
The value figures are narrow, sanserif.
The bottom of the TM is blank.
Slogan is outside box at left. (not shown)
One user known: “PONTIFICIA COMMISSIONE MIGRAZIONI E TURISMO”
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000



Vatican stamp type BA7.jpg

BA7. Postalia (MV)

As Type BA6 but without greater border around frank and TM.
Reported but not seen by the authors.
The illustration is a retouched photocopy that may not be true in all details.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg000



Vatican stamp type BA8.jpg
Vatican stamp type BA8aa.jpg

BA8. Lirma (MV), 1983. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

As Type BA5 but without the outer box.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000
a. With Meter ID below frank: “Lmae 404”




Vatican stamp type BA9.jpg

BA9. Undetermined, probably Audion (MV).

Frank very similar to Type BA8.
“POSTE VATICANE” is sanserif, and the date figures are different.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 6-point starburst h.jpg0000



Vatican stamp type BA10.jpg

BA10. Francotyp "Cc" (MV), 1977. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Very wide spacing without outer box.
Value figures oval, large and thick.
One user known.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆000



Vatican stamp type BA11.jpg


BA11. Audion (MV), 1991.

“POSTE VATICANE” sanserif as with Type BA9 but taller.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000
a. TM and slogan boxed together.




Vatican stamp type BA12.jpg

BA12. Francotyp-Postalia (MV), 1993.

Wide frank. Panel at top does not have a bottom line completely across the frank.
The lines in the side ornaments are equal in length.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000




Vatican stamp type BA13.jpg

BA13. Neopost “Electronic” (MV), 1999.

Wide frank as with Type BA12, but “POSTE VATICANE” is narrower leaving blank areas at the sides.
The central line of the side ornaments is longer than others.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Vatican stamp type BA14.jpg

BA14. Neopost (digital).

Relatively narrow frank similar in size to Type BA11.
No panel lines at top or bottom.
The value figures are relatively large and located near the top of the inner box.
The date figures are much smaller than the value figures and located below the center of the town mark.
TM: DC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00







Sub-group BB: Middle side panel line is much thicker than the others[edit]



Vatican stamp type BB1.jpg

BB1. Audion (MV), 1987. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Frank 33 x 28/29 mm.
Spacing very narrow, ~3-4 mm.
A. TM and slogan are contained within a single-line box with rounded corners
B. Without box around TM or slogan
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (narrow but thick)








Sub-group BC: Lines in side panel line continuous, not broken in center[edit]



Vatican stamp type BC1.jpg

BC1. Audion (MV), 1988.

Frank nearly square, 27-28 x 26 mm.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000







Sub-group BD: Side panel lines with solid circle in center[edit]



Vatican stamp type BD1.jpg

BD1. Audion “6000” (MV), 1993.

Frank identical to Type BC1 except for the solid circle in the center of the side panels.
One meter in use from 1993 to 1997.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000








GROUP C: Franks as Group B but side panels contain leaf design[edit]



Sub-group CA: Side panel leaves ornate with blank circles at top and bottom[edit]



Vatican stamp type CA1.jpg
Vatican stamp type CA1aa.jpg

CA1. Postalia (MV), 1957. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Value figures within small box at center.
Narrow spacing between TM and frank, ~1-3 mm.
The entire stamp is contained in a double-lined box.
TM with or without user identification letter at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg0000 (narrow sanserif)
a. With “VIA AREA” above the town mark







Sub-group CB: Side panel leaves simple with small cross at center[edit]



Vatican stamp type CB1.jpg

CB1. Lirma (MV), 1968. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Similar to Type BA3 but with different side panels.
Frank 27-29 mm wide.
Vatican stamp type CB1 NOTE.jpg
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000
NOTE: An Italian meter, similar to Type CB1 but without the outer frame, is easily mistaken for a Vatican stamp because it contains the Papal seal between the TM and frank.



Vatican stamp type CB2.jpg

CB2. Postalia (MV), 1986. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type CB1 but much narrower spacing between TM and frank.
With slogan at left outside box. (not shown)
One user known.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000



Vatican stamp type CB3A.jpg
Vatican stamp type CB3B.jpg


CB3. Lirma (MV), 1987. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Similar to Type CB1 but much narrower spacing between TM and frank, 1 to 3 mm.
No outer box.
A. TM large, ~27 mm
B. TM smaller, ~25 mm, and slightly raised. Frank is taller
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg MeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg0000








Sub-group CC: Elaborate leaf and stem structure without breaks in the side panels[edit]

NOTE: See also Types PO1 and PO2 for stamps with this frank design.



Vatican stamp type CC1.jpg

CC1. Francotyp (MV), 1974.

Tall and narrow lettering of "POSTE VATICANE", with serifs, fills top panel.
Leaf and stem design in side panels leaves little white space.
Narrow spacing between TM and frank.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆000.=




Vatican stamp type CC2.jpg

CC2. Francopost (Frama “M/E”) (MV), 1994.

The letters of “POSTE VATICANE” are larger than with Type CC1 and without serifs.
The design in the side panels is less elaborate than with CC1 and shows more white space.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0000




Vatican stamp type CC3.jpg

CC3. Francopost (Frama “MailMax”) (digital), 2005.

Frank narrow than Types CC1 and CC2.
“POSTE VATICANE” is smaller and surrounded by a double inner frame with dots at the sides.
Value figures are quite large.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00







Sub-group CD: Side panel contain four leaves, two above, two below, with nothing at center[edit]



Vatican stamp type CD1.jpg

CD1. Francotyp (MV), 1973. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Side panels contain fancy leaves.
Small single-circle TM with “POSTE VATICANE” at top, blank at bottom.
“VIA AEREA”, 24 mm wide, above TM.
The stamp is contained within a double-lined box.
With slogan below inside box: “L’OSSERVATORE ROMANO”
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMeterCat 5-point asterisk.jpg000 (A)



Vatican stamp type CD2.jpg

CD2. Francotyp (MV), 1975. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$25]

Very similar to Type CD1 but leaves in side panels are simpler.
“VIA AEREA” above TM is narrower, 16 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆00 (thick, sanserif oval)




Vatican stamp type CD3.jpg


CD3. Postalia (MV), 1985. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Very similar to Type CD1, with fancy leaves, but without “VIA AEREA”.
The TM is slightly larger than with CD1, and the value figures are smaller and narrower.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000








GROUP D: The side panels contain a non-representational ornamental design with blank spaces above and below[edit]


Vatican stamp type D1.jpg

D1. Audion (MV), 1986. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$5]

Spacing between TM and frank very narrow, ~2-5 mm
A. TM and slogan are contained within a single-line box with rounded corners. TM: SC
B. Without box around TM or slogan. TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000 (narrow but heavy)




Vatican stamp type D2.jpg

D2. Neopost “Electronic” (MV). MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

As Type D1 but frank is not as tall.
“POSTE VATICANE” is narrower.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 000 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000



Vatican stamp type D3.jpg

D3. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” series (MV), 1990.

Frank wider than Types D1 and 2.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Vatican stamp type D4.jpg

D4. Pitney Bowes-GB “A900” series (MV).

As Type D3 but line under “POSTE VATICANE” extends across the frank.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg 0000




Vatican stamp type D5.jpg

D5. Francopost (Frama “M/E”) (MV).

Frank same size as Type D2 but “POSTE VATICANE” wider with line underneath extending across the frank.
Value figures thick.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★00,00



Vatican stamp type D6.jpg

D6. Francopost (Frama “EPS”) (MV).

As Type D5 but value figures are not as large or thick.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00




Vatican stamp type D7.jpg

D7. Meter model uncertain, possibly Lerma (MV).

Similar to Type D6 but the frank is smaller and the value figures are quite narrow.
Value box has line at bottom.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00,00



Vatican stamp type D8.jpg

D8. Pitney Bowes (digital).

The side ornaments are narrower that found on previous Group D franks and have separated elements.
One column of numbers at left of TM.
Model number with "PB" prefix stacked between TM and frank.
Date figures without stops.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg€ 000,00






GROUP E: The side panels contain two parallel wavy lines[edit]


Vatican stamp type E1.jpg

E1. Audion (MV), 1988. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$10]

Frank 27/27 x 24 mm.
Spacing very narrow, ~3-4 mm.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000




Vatican stamp type E2.jpg

E2. Audion (MV), 1988.

As Type E1 but frank is slightly larger, and “POSTE VATICANE” is taller.
TM and slogan boxed.
TM: BIC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg00000








GROUP F: Scalloped outer frame line, without inner panels. Papal seal at top, “POSTE VATICANE” at bottom[edit]


Vatican stamp type F1.jpg


F1. Frama “Sensonic” (MV), 28 January, 2000.

Frank is nearly square.
Four meters placed into use.
TM: SC
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★0000






GROUP PO: Stamps generated only by meters used in the Vatican Post Office[edit]


Vatican stamp type PO1.jpg

PO1. Hasler (MV), 1958. Post Office stamp.

Frank design as in Sub-group CC, with leaf and stem design in the side panels.
“POSTE VATICANE” in top panel has a dot at each side.
Wide spacing between TM and frank, 46-47 mm.
With slogan consisting of the Papal shield centered between the TM and frank.
TM: BIC with “POSTE” at bottom
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ◆0000.=

NOTE: This stamp was cataloged as Type CC1 in the original paper version of this catalog.




Vatican stamp type PO2.jpg

PO2. Francotyp (MV), 2 February 1969. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[$500]

As with Type PO1 the frank resembles Sub-group CC stamps.
Small frank, 28 x 21 mm.
Box containing registration number between TM and frank.
Used for one month only, February 1969, and used only on registered mail.
Vatican stamp type PO2 receipt.jpg
TM: BIC with “POSTE” at bottom.
V/F: MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg ★★★00.=

NOTES:

  • Stamps of this design without a frame around the value figures are receipts.
  • This stamp was cataloged as Type CC2 in the original paper version of this catalog.







NOTE: In addition to actual postage meters the newspaper L’Osservatore Romano used preprinted indicia that resemble meter stamps. They are found with date and postage value added by machine printer and also without the date and/or postage. Examples are shown below.


Vatican pre-printed meter-like stamps.jpg






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