The new automatic vending machines EPELSA LF-1100 and LF-3100 allow the obtaining of ATM’s with only 6 different face values.
These 6 values are programmed
on the machines according the basic postal tariffs for a letter or post
card up to 20 gr. : 3 for ordinary post (National, Europe, and
rest of the world) and 3 for express post (National, Europe, and
rest of the world) which include the prefix URG before the face
In the following images can be seen
the complete button set of all possible values issued by
the model LF-1100 put on service on May 23th, 2003, number
10001. The machine was inaugurated using the ATM paper Postal
So, it is 5 small digits, but the height of the figures of the face value (4 mm.) is lower than the varieties of printing issued by the franking balances (4.5 mm.).
The new ATM’s can be also easily recognized looking at the number of the machine printed on them (numbers between 10001 and 10250).
Other novelty is the use of the prefix
URG before the facial value in the ATM’s for express post.
They are internal printings, as a control test, that can only be done by the employee in charge of the maintenance; they never can be done by the user and logically it would be difficult that they could be obtained by the collectors.
Although the appearances are quite
similar, there are many differences if we compare both labels (vending
machine and franking scale); the most evident is the size of the date.
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