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Not much news this month, so I have decided to continue with the topic of ‘errors’. My
meter of the month is an item from four years ago, but recently ‘re-discovered’. It is from a
Neopost SM22 / SM26 machine which was incorrectly allocated a 6-figure serial number
(instead of the normal 5-figure number).
It is clear that it should have read 4NE11772 rather than 4NE411772. This example also
includes the built-in message ‘First Class’ to the left of the slogan block – use of such
messages appear to be uncommon on this type of machine.
I am pleased to be able to update
my report last month regarding the
‘PITNEY BOWES – SPECIMEN’
town die error on machine
PB501724 (item 6, dated 17 June
2003). The error was still there a
week later on 24 June (item 29).
However, by the 4 July the error
had been corrected (item 56) and
the town die now reads ‘EXETER’.
The machine in question is being
used in the new Met Office building
A few other errors found recently are illustrated on page 33-3.
My thanks to David Aspinwall and Peter Wood for their reports / correspondence this month.
Meter News Page 33-1 July 2003
Below is a list of ‘Latest Numbers’ as at 27th July 2003 – as you can see, there is very little
movement this month. Please could I have updates for the next issue by 29th August.
Sensonic 21-2600 FSC 223318 06.06.03
Sensonic 2000 FSC 275922 13.06.03
Mailspirit FSC 700842 14.02.03
Sensonic 2000? FSC 901699 03.06.03
EFS 2000/3000 EFS 558389 09.01.03
Optimail T 560702 01.04.03 Static for 3 months
JetMail FJ0560554 05.03.03 Static for 4 months
MyMail FM0008083 08.05.03 Static for 2 months
MyMail FM2110404 13.06.03
4450 1NE 44502 25.04.03 Static for 2 months
SM 22,26 4NE 20830 07.02.03 Static for 5 months
5450, 5460 5NE 18779 10.02.03 Static for 5 months
8500, 8550/8750 8NE 44109 08.04.03 Static for 2 months
SM 75,85,95 9NE 50896 01.11.02 Static for 8 months
IJ25 N1130109 03.06.03
IJ65, 75 N1204218 03.07.03
IJ35, 45 N1305701 21.07.03
Paragon PBP82502 05.06.03
Personal Post PB256763 23.04.03 Static for 2 months
DM 200? PB310245 25.04.03 Static for 2 months
DM 250? PB321187 01.07.03 *
DM 225, 300 PB378975 20.02.03 Static for 4 months
Personal Post PB412987 16.07.03 *
DM 400 etc PB502019 16.07.03
Post Perfect PB756212 03.06.03
B921 PB980421 02.04.03 Static for 3 months
DP200 ST224535 23.04.03 Static for 2 months
DP400 ST424463 27.05.03
* These reports were kindly supplied by David Aspinwall.
Meter News Page 33-2 July 2003
Meter Error – Pitney Bowes
The item shown here (PB211454)
is from a Pitney Bowes Personal
Post machine. The left-hand
column of the vertical code
numbers to the left of the town die
is completely missing, leaving just
a single column!
Unfortunately, the example is partly obscured by the postmark, but it is dated 14 Aug 1999.
Other similar reports would be welcome.
Meter Errors – SECAP
The SECAP DP200 appears to be prone to losing part of the frank. I have seen a number of
examples from different machines where part of the print is lost. Here I illustrate two examples
from machine ST221465. The first has lost the lower left-hand side of the slogan, and the
second has completely lost the security coding block.
The example below from machine ST220794 has the top half of the frank missing:
Meter News Page 33-3 July 2003