One Page. CPO in the Netherlands

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Coded Postal Obliterators (CPO) in the Netherlands

Introduction

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The CPO cancel (in Dutch: puntstempel or nummerstempel) was introduced in the Netherlands on April 1, 1869. Number stamps were used by 259 post offices in our country up to and including 15 June 1893. Auxiliary post offices were not numbered. Cancellation was perfect by this type of stamp. But sometimes the postage stamp was also slightly damaged by the "points"

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Because the stamps were only used in the period 1869-1893, the CPO's are found on the postage stamps available in that period:

Emission 1864 King William III, see Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1867 King William III, see Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1869 Coat of Arms, see Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1870 Postage Due stamps, see Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1872 King William III, see Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1876 Stamps for printed matters, See Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1881 Postage Due stamps.
Emission 1884 Postal Order stamps, see Stampset Stampset.png
Emission 1891 Princess/Queen Wilhelmina, see Stampset Stampset.png

Format of the CPO

The CPO has a symmetrical shape and has 26 points, which are arranged in a diamond pattern with the number in the middle. The official name of the stamp was "Nommerstempel", but the public soon spoke of "Puntstempel". The number is a code for the post office of dispatch.

Dots for CPO 1-9, 28 points
Dots for CPO 10-259, 26 points
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List of Offices which used CPO

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A complete list of all 259 offices can be found on the Internet. Some examples:

1. https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Puntstempel
2. https://www.gradstaat.nl/punt/punt.htm
3. http://poststempels.nedacademievoorfilatelie.nl/wp-content/uploads/sites/6/2020/01/01-Puntstempels-inleiding.pdf

For almost all offices (1-259), I have examples added to the respective city pages of the Netherlands at:

https://www.stampsoftheworld.co.uk/wiki/Category:CPO_in_the_Netherlands


Some particularities

In order to avoid misinterpretations between numbers 6 and 9, and 66 and 99, in some periods of time an extra "dot" was added. Here are examples:

Number 6
Number 6 with extra dot
Number 9
Number 9 with extra dot
Number 66
Number 66 with extra dot
Number 99
Number 99 with extra dot

Notes

1. The above illustrations are from my own collection, from Internet Pages and from Auction Catalogues.
2. This page was compiled by Toon Oomens (Terneuzen, the Netherlands). Thank you for visiting!