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Posted 10/09/2018   7:49 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add scholarist to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Has any postal authority ever issued a stamp with the denomination of zero (0)? I'm not sure if there would be any use-case for such a thing, but it's something I'm curious about. Thanks.
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Posted 10/09/2018   8:26 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Have not to my recollection ever seen any stamp issuing authority issue a traditional postage stamp with no denomination. Have seen many labels attached to denominated stamps though.

Many times when an owner applies his own postage, and in order for the P.O. to process for tracking purposes; a postage meter label automatically prints with 0 denomination and are affixed.

Mike
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Posted 10/09/2018   8:32 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add j2186 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Yes, the Netherlands issued a 0 cent stamp in 1998. The NVPH number is B1768 but I couldn't find it in Scott.

It was for commemoration of the listing of the PTT on the stock exchange and was valid for domestic postage on 29 June 1998 only.

Each household was given one stamp.

Jan
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Posted 10/09/2018   8:34 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add James Drummond to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi,

Here are some examples of test stamps that have a denomination of "0" or "00."

These were issued by the same companies that issued regular postage stamps.

Jim

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Posted 10/09/2018   9:39 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
J2186 - do you have a picture?

As for test stamps if I remember correctly, Canadian Bank Note company put them out but they had no denomination and only said test. Even previous U.S. ones I have seen only said test. 0 Values - what a novel idea. News to me. More new knowledge.

Jim, can you tell me how one would obtain us test stamps like those shown.

Mike
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Posted 10/09/2018   9:58 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add j2186 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This is not my stamp, I took it from an eBay lot:

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Posted 10/09/2018   10:04 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add No1philatelist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
J2186, have never seen that one before. Looks like it may have been cut from a souvenir sheet?

Mike
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Interesting that the 1954 design of TD98 (sunflower) is different from the actual stamp (Scott 1061) commemorating the centennial of the Kansas Territory. Mostly because that same basic design was subsequently used 7 years later (Scott 1183) to commemorate the centennial of Kansas statehood.
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Posted 10/09/2018   10:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add James Drummond to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply

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Jim, can you tell me how one would obtain us test stamps like those shown.


Hi Mike,

In the usual way, by checking eBay many times everyday and also by relentlessly searching for all kinds of test, dummy, or demonstration stamps in any auction or online site that you can find, like I do.



Jim

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Posted 10/09/2018   10:46 pm  Show Profile Check eyeonwall's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add eyeonwall to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
how about double zero?


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Jim, yes I do realize there are usually plenty of dealers and others selling that stuff. But how does it get out to market? Underground, backdoor, lax security at printers, stolen?

To me true test stamps state test on them. To me I would think that the ones I see with 0 or 00 would most often be samples used by the printers. How would they escape from the the printer to the public if they were probably only intended to use as demonstrators of the finished designs to the postal services and government officials working in that capacity.

Mike
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How would they escape from the the printer to the public if they were probably only intended to use as demonstrators of the finished designs to the postal services and government officials working in that capacity.


And that's why they are far more rare than current catalogs may indicate.

But, to be fair, there are not that many collectors interested in this particular area.

Yet.

Jim
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Example of the Netherlands sheet(not mine picture borrowed from the internet) .

I believe that the people/i recieved it in a leaflet. it was attached on the left, that is why it is often somewhat cut on the left. people also made them smaller to more easily fit into an album. The red center part is an adhesive stamp.



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An item of stationery:



Does "free" count as $0.00?
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Posted 10/10/2018   09:33 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add scholarist to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I like the Dutch stamp best, as it had a valid, though odd, usage. If I read this right, it commemorates the privatization of the Dutch postal service.

In terms of aesthetics, the 00p Machin is awfully pretty, as Machins usually are. Was this a test stamp?

Thanks for all the replies.
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