United States Postage Meter Stamp Catalog/Sub-group PC-B – Neopost

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Sub-group PC-B: Franks from Neopost software, ID numbers with 04#N or NO4#N prefix[edit]

  • The stamp designs are quite different from each other. One has a four-pointed star logo, two have a torch in hand logo, and one has no logo. Even the bar codes are dissimilar.
  • Neopost was the second company to enter the PC postage business with an experimental design sometime in early 1998. Circumstances of the trial remain unknown to us.
  • Stamps are found both with and without FIM barcode at top left. Examples are not known with slogan or slug.
  • Classes of mail seen on PC-B stamps:
A. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgFIRST CLASS LTR MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg F. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 2 MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg M. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgINTL LETTER
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Aa. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1ST CLASS LTR G. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 3 N. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgINTL CAN LTR
B. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1ST CLASS OVERSZ H. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 4 P. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgINTL MEX LTR
MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg Ba. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg1ST CLASS OVSZ I. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 5 Q. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgNEXT DAY EXP MAIL
C. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY MAIL J. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 6 R. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgMEDIA MAIL
D. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY LOCAL K. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 7
E. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 1 L. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpgPRIORITY ZONE 8
  • Mail classes E through L were discontinued in June 2002. Examples are exceptionally rare. Most mail classes except the First Class variations are scarce to very rare.
  • Neopost PC stamps became available nationally in May 1999.

Type RC3 in 2001 edition

USA PC-B1.jpg

PC-B1. “Postage Plus”™, 1998. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRRR]

Experimental design with star and stamp corner ornament at left and rectangular block at top right containing point-of-sale data.
Point-of-sale date in alternating bands with negative "U.S. POSTAGE" in solid panel at top above meter number in clear panel, the value figures in panel with solid sides, the town line, and the mail class also in a solid panel.
"PDF417" barcode across bottom with date below left.
ID# with 043N prefix below “U.S. POSTAGE”.
With or without "FIM" barcode at top left above star and stamp corner ornament.
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Type RC1 in 2001 edition

USA PC-D1.jpg

PC-B2. ”Postage Plus”™, “PC Stamp™”, 1998. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RRR]

This too is an experimental stamp. It was first seen in live tests in and near Washington DC and parts of northern California. It was offered nationally in May 1999 but saw little use.
The stamp was used by two different systems, "Postage Plus" which used a live internet connection, and "PC Stamp" which downloaded postage credit into a rented hardware vault.
The design shows at top right two horizontal bars with "U.S. POSTAGE" above the top one and the town line below the bottom one. Between the bars at right are a torch-in-hand logo left of small "U.S. POSTAGE" reading up. Also between the ars are the class of mail, the value figures (centered), and the date.
"PDF417" barcode across the bottom with "DEVICE and identification number at bottom right.
Identification number with N041N, N041NA, or 041N prefix.
With or without "FIM" barcode at top left.
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a. With "CORRECTION" at bottom left

Type RC2a in 2001 edition

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PC-B3.1. “Simply Postage”™, 1998. MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

Produced by an internet-connected labeling device.
Similar to PC-B2 with torch-in-hand logo and point of sale data mixed with two horizontal bars, but otherwise quite different.
The stamp is found only on self-adhesive labels with rounded corners and fluorescent red bar across the bottom edge.
"U.S. POSTAGE" is vertical at far right just left of a double line of micro-printing reading "NEOPOSTNEOPOST..." vertically.
Between the bars are the identification number, value figures, and date. Below the bottom bar is the town line, MAILED FROM and ZIP code.
Stamp with "PDF417" bar code.
ID# with N042N prefix.
Large value figures, 4½ to 5mm tall
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Type RC2b in 2001 edition

USA PC-D2.jpg

PC-B3.2. “Simply Postage” . MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[RR]

As Type PC-B3.1 but the value figures have slashed zeros and a tenths of a cent figure.
ID# with N042N prefix.
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Type SA1A in 2001 edition

USA PC-F1A.jpg

PC-B4.1. “ProMail” , 1998? MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]

Produced by an internet-connected labeling device.
Also printed on self-adhesive labels this stamp is much smaller than the PC-B3 stamps and contains the point-of-sale data at left and a square "Datamatrix" bar code at right.
Point-of-sale data have the value figures at top followed by the class of mail, MAILED FROM (ZIP code) town line, "U.S. POSTAGE", date and identification number.
Fluorescent bar at far left just outside two lines of micro-printing reading "NEOPOSTNEOPOST..." vertically.
Identification number with 04#N prefix.
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Type SA1B in 2001 edition

USA PC-F1B.jpg

PC-B4.2. “ProMail” . MeterCat 5 spaces.jpg[S]

As Type PC-B4.1 but the value figures are slightly larger and the text is slightly bolder.
Labels have fluorescent bar at right.
Identification number with 04#N prefix.
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