This is a special printing issued
by the franking scales Epelsa-Iris but it can't be used as a franking.
On 1st of January, 2002 the
postal tariffs in Spain were changed and this included the rates
for printed matter of more than 500 units. This change here was
no longer based solely on the weight. From this date the postage was the
result of a complex calculation based on the number of objects posted,
the total weight, the destination, and possibly other factors. The result
then establishes the postal tariff, to 3 decimal places.
This is one of the origins of this type
of stamp, but it's possible that other postal operations realized from
the franking scales with the IRIS system generate residual franking
values that end at the automatic issue of a regularization stamp.
then ignores the third decimal place and the franking scale issues the
ATM printed to two decimal places. The third decimal value is then
multiplied by the total number of items for posting, and a value for the
residual amount is issued as a label with the date on, and the Spanish
word REGULARIZA (regularize) printed in the centre.
- Special printing REGULARIZA
stamp, it's NOT an ATM because of its special characteristics and
use. It is only for internal use in post offices and is unlikely to come
into the hands of collectors.
Mestre and M. Juanes
Web - Spain and Latin American Postal Services: http://www.ateeme.net
Jove - Sans.
ATEEME. Variable value stamps study group. All
page was created : 6.05.03. Last updated : 6.05.03.
English edition rewritted by S. Goodman (27.05.04)