Numeral cancels

The numeral cancels were used in France from 1852 to 1876. They consisted of a rhombus of dots with a number in the center. The number was used to identify the post office responsible for canceling the postage stamp.

Small and large numerals

Between 1852 and 1876, the size of the numerals on the cancellation increased from 4 to 7 millimeters.

Date stamps in use with numeral cancels

The numeral cancels were used with several types of date stamps between 1852 and 1876.

Their use in the department Nord

112 post offices have used these cancellations. Discover the combinations of numeral cancels and date stamps classified by post offices for the 5 districts of the department.

Large numerals in December 1862

Several post offices began using their large numerals cancels from December 1862.

List of French numeral cancels

In this section, you can find a list of the small and large numerals for each French post office operating between 1852 and 1876.