Non-denominated postage is postage intended to meet a certain postage rate that retains full validity for that intended postage rate even after the rate is increased. It does not show a monetary value on the face. In many English speaking countries, it is called no-value indicator (NVI) postage.
Invented to cope with the cost of printing large issues of low-value stamps to "top-up" old issues, this type of postage has been employed by a growing number of countries in recent years. Among the countries now issuing it are Britain, Singapore, Finland (and Åland), Israel, Belgium, France, Norway, Monaco, Sweden, Canada, and the United States. This is a survey of the postage stamps and postal history of Great Britain Singapore Finland, officially the Republic of Finland ( is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of northern Europe. For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic Israel topics. The Kingdom of Belgium is a Country in northwest Europe. It is a founding member of the European Union and hosts its headquarters as well as those This article is about the country For a topic outline on this subject see List of basic France topics. Norway ( Norwegian: Norge ( Bokmål) or Noreg ( Nynorsk) officially the Kingdom of Norway, is a Constitutional For other uses see Monaco (disambiguation Monaco, officially the Principality of Monaco ( French: Principauté de Monaco; Monégasque Posten, the Swedish Mail service was established in 1636 by Axel Oxenstierna, and by the 18th century it had been extended throughout the country The Postal history of Canada falls into four major periods French control (1604-1763 British control (1763-1841 the Province of Canada
Non-denominated postage was first introduced in the United Kingdom in 1989 for domestic mail, in part as a workaround to the problem of fast-changing rates. Year 1989 ( MCMLXXXIX) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link displays 1989 Gregorian calendar)
In 1995, the Universal Postal Union approved its use on international mail. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 The Universal Postal Union ( UPU, French: Union postale universelle) is an International organization that coordinates postal policies among member
The Post Office issued "non-value indicated" Machins using textual inscriptions "1ST" and "2ND" to indicate class of service rather than a numeric value. See the list of machin stamps. The Machin series of Postage stamps is the main Definitive stamp series in the It has since then introduced a number of variations including those for worldwide and European use, for different weights, and for postcards. A postcard or post card is a rectangular piece of thick Paper or thin cardboard intended for writing and mailing without an Envelope and
In past years, non-denominated postage issued by the United States differed from the issues of other countries, in that the stamps retained their original monetary value. The United States of America —commonly referred to as the Some stamps, such as those intended for local or bulk mail rate, were issued without denomination. Bulk mail broadly refers to Mail that is mailed and processed in bulk at reduced rates
This practice began in 1975, when there was uncertainty as to the timing and extent of a rate increase from ten cents for the first ounce of first class postage as the end of the year approached. Year 1975 ( MCMLXXV) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Christmas stamps were released without denomination, giving the United States Postal Service flexibility to refrain from reprinting hundreds of millions of stamps in a new denomination. The rate increase, to thirteen cents (US$0. 13), occurred just after Christmas.
The United States also issued stamps with letter denomination, beginning from A, B, etc. , during postal rate changes. After reaching the letter "H", this practice was discarded in favor of simply indicating the class of postage (e. g. , first class) for which the stamp was intended.
In 2006, the US Postal Service applied for permission to issue a stamp similar to non-denominated stamps in the UK, termed the "forever stamp", for first-class postage. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. 
On March 26, 2007, the US Postal service unveiled the first such stamp, which went on sale April 12, 2007, for 41 cents (US$0. Events 1026 - Pope John XIX crowns Conrad II as Holy Roman Emperor. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. Events 467 - Anthemius is elevated to Emperor of the Western Roman Empire. Year 2007 ( MMVII) was a Common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. The United States one-cent coin is a unit of Currency equaling one one-hundredth of a United States dollar. 41).  The first NVI stamp issued by the USPS was the so-called "Liberty Bell" stamp, which is marked "USA FIRST-CLASS FOREVER".
Some fundraising (or semipostal) stamps have had this feature for years. For example, the breast cancer research stamp was issued in 1998. The breast cancer research stamp is a Semi-postal non-denominated Postage stamp issued by the United States Postal Service priced slightly higher Year 1998 ( MCMXCVIII) was a Common year starting on Thursday (link will display full 1998 Gregorian calendar)
Canada's NVI is called the "Permanent" stamp, which is a trademarked term.
In announcing its decision to adopt non-denominated postage in 2006, Canada Post noted that it had to print more than 60 million one-cent stamps following the last price increase in 2005. Year 2006 ( MMVI) was a Common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. Canada Post Corporation ( Société canadienne des postes) is the Canadian postal operator operated as a crown corporation. It is marked by a white capital P overlaid on a red maple leaf, which is itself within a white circle.
Both the Canadian and American NVI programs are essentially equivalent, both covering regular first-class mail. One NVI stamp covers the cost of mailing a standard letter up to 30 g in Canada, and up to 1 oz (28 g) in the United States.
Singapore has two NVIs today: 1st Local and 2nd Local. Singapore
The first Singaporean NVIs were issued in 1995; almost every issue had a "For Local Addresses Only" stamp. Year 1995 ( MCMXCV) was a Common year starting on Sunday. Events of 1995 Later, in 2004, a new NVI denomination was released: "2nd Local". "MMIV" redirects here For the Modest Mouse album see " Baron von Bullshit Rides Again " Since then almost all issues have "1st Local" stamps, and some have "2nd Local" stamps, rather than the previous "For Local Addresses Only". 1st Local stamps are valid for standard letters within Singapore up to 20g, and 2nd Local stamps are valid for standard letters within Singapore up to 40g.
The Åland islands currently issue three NVI denominations: Inrikes (domestic), Europa (Europe) and Världen (the world).
Sweden currently issues one form of NVI: the Brev (literally 'letter') stamp: valid for letters within Sweden of up to 20g. "Brev" or "Brev Inrikes" ('letter domestic') is printed on the stamps.