FRANCE

Montimbrenligne,
Compter Vended Postage

Date(s) of issue: 8 January 2009 ->

On 8 January 2009 La Poste introduced the possibility of buying computer vended postage on-line, for printing on labels or directly onto envelopes or cards. With the introduction of the Montimbrenligne ["Mystamponline"], anyone with a computer and a printer could download postage "on the go" and send their postal items from any post office or mailbox. While the postage value lies in the matrix and codes, La Poste offers the possibility to choose a graphic to the label, to make it more stamp-like. For individual users, the graphic must be chosen from a bank of designs offered by La Poste, whereas professional users can apply to use their own designs or logos. Allready from the start, several cat designs were available.

Postal items franked with French CVPs are postmarked as ordinary stamps. Mixed franking with PCVs and other means of franking is permitted.

The CVPs are sold in almost all denominations applicable to the intended service at any time. When postage rates are ajusted, denominations for the difference between old and new rates are also available.

Montimbrenligne have been offered in several sizes. All color designs can also be found in black and white, depending on the printer used. From the start, the validity has been limited to a date printed on the CVP ("Valable jusqu'au:"). At first it was set for 60 days, but this was altered to 10 months (?) from ???. Unlimited validity was introduced with the introduction of new types in 2015.

Over the years, several changes has been made to the code part of the CVP, and graphics has been added or removed. The following list of possible cat-designs has been made based on reported variaties and designs, and is in no way comple. If you have other examples of types (with any design), or unlisted cat designs, please let us know.

Type Dates Picture Description
1 Sold from February 2009 Montimbrenligne with standard pictures.
Two-part matrix to the right.
Denomination in bold type in upper right corner of the design
Logo, Country name and alphanumeric code placed vertically to the right of picture.
Validity centred below design.
Date format DD MM YYY in bold type
Size: 45 x 25 mm
Possible cat-graphics (earliest date reported beneath picture):
X1 X2 X4 X5    
   
5 February 2009 5 February 2009
B&W only
2 March 2009 2 March 2009    
 
           
           
           

Type Dates Picture Description
2 Sold from February 2009 Montimbrenligne with standard pictures.
Two-part matrix to the right.
Denomination in bold type in upper right corner of the design
Logo, Country name and alphanumeric code placed vertically to the right of picture.
Validity a little bit to the right of centre below design.
Date format DD MM YYY in bold type
Size: 60 x 25 mm
Possible cat-graphics (earliest date reported beneath picture):
X3 X6 X7 X8 X19 X20
5 February 2009 2010 January 2010 January 2010 29 January 2011 1 October 2012
 
X21 X22 X23 X24 X25 X26
 
2009 May 2009 January 2011 January 2011 January 2011  

Type Dates Picture Description
3 Sold from 1 July 2011 Montimbrenligne with standard pictures.
Two-part matrix to the right.
Denomination in bold type in upper right corner of the design
Country name horizontally below denomination
Logo and service indicator placed vertically to the right of picture.
Validity to the left below picture.
Alphanumeric code to the right below picture
Date format DD-MM-YYYY in plain type
Size: 60 x 25 mm
Known service indicators: LETTRE PRIORITAIRE, LETTRE VERTE
Possible cat-graphics (earliest date reported beneath picture):
X7 X8 X9 X23 X24 X26
January 2010 January 2010 December 2015 January 2011 January 2011 July 2011
 
X27 X28 X29 X32    
   
July 2011 Janaury 2013 September 2014 April 2012    

Type Dates Picture Description
4

Earliest date reported:
3 March 2012

If you have a scan of this type with a cat design, please share.

Montimbrenligne for professional users with standard or personalised pictures.
Four-part matrix to the right.
Denomination in bold type in upper right corner
Weight denomination above service indicator
Country name vertically to the right of matrix
Logo and service indicator placed vertically to the right of picture.
Validity to the left below picture.
Alphanumeric code to the right below picture
Date format DD-MM-YYYY in bold type
"Affranchi par MonTimbrenLigne" and arrow symbol below matrix
Size: ?? x 25 mm
Known service indicators: LETTRE PRIORITAIRE, LETTRE VERTE
Possible cat-graphics (earliest date reported beneath picture):
         
           
           

Type Dates Picture Description
5

Earliest date reported:
19 November 2012

Montimbrenligne for professional users with standard or personalised pictures.
Four-part matrix to the right.
Denomination in bold type in upper right corner
Country name and weight denomination above matrix
Logo below picture
Service indicator placed horizontally below matrix.
Validity to the left below picture, followed by alphanumeric code
Date format DD MM YYYY in bold type
"Affranchi par MonTimbrenLigne" vertically to the right of matrix
Size: ?? x 25 mm
Known service indicators: LETTRE PRIORITAIRE, LETTRE VERTE, ECOPLI, R1 AR, PRIORITAIRE Document
Possible cat-graphics (earliest date reported beneath picture):
X10 X11 X33    
     
January 2016 2017 February 2018      

Type Dates Picture Description
6

Earliest date reported:
31 December 2015

Montimbrenligne with standard or personalised pictures.
Two-part matrix to the right.
No monetary denomination.
Service indicator, country name and weight denomination vertically to the right of picture
Logo horizontally above service indicator
No validity date
"Affranchi par MonTimbrenLigne" and alphanumeric code below picture
Size: 60 x 30 mm
Known service denominations: LETTRE PRIORITAIRE, LETTRE VERTE, ECOPLI, LETTRE PRIORITAIRE EUROPE, LETTRE PRIORITAIRE INTERNATIONALE, LETTRE SUIVIE, R1 AR, LETTRE EXPORT SUIVIE INTERNATIONALE
Possible cat-graphics (earliest date reported beneath picture):
X9 X10 X12 X13 X14 X15
December 2015 January 2016 2018 2018    
 
X16 X17 X18 X30 X31 X34
20 February 2019 20 February 2019 16 March 2019 2015 2015 7 December 2019
 
X41 X42 X43 X44 X45 X46
November 2019 November 2019 November 2019 November 2019 February 2020 February 2020
X47          
         
February 2020          

If you have corrections or addendae to this list, please send an e-mail to checklists@catstamps.org.

List compiled by Geir Arveng.
Latest update of this page: 5 March, 2020