Meteosat

Meteosat,
MSG, and
MTG series


This page contains philatelic information on the Meteosat (METEOrological SATellite) series, the MSG (Meteosat Second Generation) series, and the MTG (Meteosat Third Generation) series. Catalog numbers, years of issue, and notes on the satellites featured are given when available. If readers know of additional information or images, please contact the authors using the e-mail addresses at the bottom of this page.

Images from the instruments on Meteosat can be found on the satellite images page.

Launch information
(found elsewhere)
Launch covers
(including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers)
(farther below)
Other postal items
(stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.)
(immediately below)
Meteosat
(Eumetsat)
Meteosat (Eumetsat) Meteosat
(Eumetsat)
Meteosat (on other than Meteosat launch covers)
MSG (Eumetsat) MSG (Eumetsat) MSG (Eumetsat)
MTG (Eumetsat) MTG (Eumetsat) MTG (Eumetsat)


Below is a list of Meteosat, MSG, and MTG series postal items (stamps, souvenir sheets, aerogrammes, postal cards, etc.).

CountryCatalog NumberType of ItemYear of IssueNotes on Content
Meteosat (Eumetsat)
Austria1857 (Mi2358)2001Meteosat
Austria1857 fdcStamp and cancel on FDC
BeninUnknown b (Mi?)
Unknown ib
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014Meteosat-3 launch (launch date in text)
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
BeninUnknown b proof
Unknown ib proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS4 proof on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof and cachet on FDC
BeninUnknown a (Mi?)
Unknown ia
One of MS4 (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 (a-d)
2014"Meteosat-3" launch (launch date in text)
BeninUnknown a-d fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
BeninUnknown a proof
Unknown ia proof
One of MS4 proof (a-d)
One of imperforate MS4 proof (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proofSigned-proof MS4 (a-d)
BeninUnknown ms proof fdc
Unknown ims proof fdc
MS4 proof and cachet on FDC
Imperforate MS4 proof on FDC
Bulgaria3612 (Mi3901)1991"Meteosat"
Bulgaria3612 maxiMaxicard
Bulgaria3612-3613 fdcOne of two stamps and cancel on FDC
Bulgaria3612-3613 bookletBooklet of 8 (4x (3612-3613))
Central African RepublicC234 (Mi692)
iC234

Imperforate
1980Meteosat
Central African RepublicC234a (BL95)SS1 (C234)
Central African Republic535 (Mi862A)
i535 (Mi862B)

Imperforate
1982Meteosat
Central African Republic535a (BL203)SS1 (535)
Central African Republic1171c (Mi1869A)
i1171c (Mi1869B)
One of MS4 (1171 (a-d)) (Mi1867A-1870A)
One of imperforate MS4 (i1171 (a-d)) (Mi1867B-1870B)
1997Meteosat-1
Chad708d (Mi1508A)
i708d (Mi1508B)
One stamp and in selvedge of MS6 (708 (a-f)) (Mi1505A-1510A)
One stamp and in selvedge of imperforate MS6 (i708 (a-f)) (Mi1505B-1510B)
1997"Meteosat" (in selvedge text)
Ciskei (South Africa)193 (Mi217)1992"Meteosat"
Ciskei (South Africa)191-194 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Comoro Islands386a (BL184)
i386a
In (right) margin of SS1 (386)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i386)
1978Meteosat
Comoro Islands387 (Mi488)
i387

Imperforate
Comoro Islands387a (BL185)
i387a
On stamp and in (right) margin of SS1 (387)
On stamp and in (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i387)
Comoro Islands388a (BL186)
i388a
In (right) margin of SS1 (388)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i388)
Comoro Islands389a (BL187)
i389a
In (right) margin of SS1 (389)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i389)
Comoro Islands390a (BL188)
i390a
In (right) margin of SS1 (390)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i390)
Comoro Islands391a (BL189)
i391a
In (right) margin of SS1 (391)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i391)
Comoro Islands392 (BL183A)
i392 (BL183B)
SS1
Imperforate SS1
Congo (Republic)961 (Mi1309)
i961

Imperforate
1992"Meteosat MOP-2"1
Congo (Republic)961b (BL89)
i961b
SS1 (961)
Imperforate SS1 (i961)
Congo (Republic)962a (Mi1307+1309+1311)
i962a
MS3 (959+961-962)
Imperforate MS3 (i959+i961-i962)
CongoUnknown a (Mi?)One of MS4 (a-d)2015"Meteosat-3" (launch)
Cyprus960 (Mi959)2000Meteosat
Cyprus960 specimenOverprinted "specimen"
Cyprus960 fdc1Stamp on FDC
Cyprus960 fdc2Stamp on FDC (different)
Cyprus960 scSouvenir card, also back
Cyprus957-960 cardAdvertising postcard (957-960)
Equatorial GuineaBL277 o/pImperforate SS1 (BL277) overprinted1977Meteosat
Equatorial GuineaBL277 o/p muestraImperforate SS1 (BL277) overprinted, overprinted "muestra"
Equatorial GuineaBL277 o/p invertedImperforate SS1 (BL277) inverted overprint
FranceNoneMeter1977"Meteosat"-1
FranceNoneMeter (same design as 1980 meter below)1979"Meteosat"
FranceNoneMeter (same design as 1985 meter below)1979"Meteosat"
FranceNoneMeter (same design as 1st 1979 meter above)1980"Meteosat"
FranceC51 sc (Mi2157 sc)Souvenir card1981"Meteosat-F1" and "Meteosat-F2"
FranceC51 cover (Mi2157 cover)Cachet on cover1981"Meteosat"
France1835 cover (Mi2335 cover)(Lollini) cachet on cover1983"Meteosat"
France1903 (Mi2416)1983Meteosat
France1903 essayPhoto essay
France1903 fdc1Stamp and cancel on FDC (CEF cachet)
France1903 fdc2Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC (CEF cachet, different)
France1903 fdc3Stamp and cancel (same) and (PJ) cachet on FDC
France1903 fdc4Stamp and cancel (same) and ('FDC') cachet on FDC
France1903 fdc5Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC ('FDC' cachet, different)
France1903 fdc6Stamp and cancel (same) and (Quillivic) cachet on FDC
France1903 fdc7Stamp and cancel (same) on FDC (? cachet)
France1903 fdc8Stamp and cancel (same) and cachet (? cachet) on FDC
France1903 sc1Souvenir card
France1903 sc2Souvenir card (different)
France1903 sc3Souvenir card (different)
France1903 maxi1Maxicard
France1903 maxi2Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi3Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi4Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi5Maxicard (different)
France1903 maxi6Maxicard (different)
FranceNoneCancel1984Meteosat
FranceNoneCancel1985Meteosat
FranceNoneMeter (same design as 2nd 1979 meter above)1985"Meteosat"
FranceNoneCinderella strip of 31988Meteosat-3 launch (first launch of Ariane-4)
FranceNoneCachet on cover1990Meteosat (in upper-right of cachet)
FranceNoneMeter2001Meteosat
Germany (West)NoneCancel and cachet on cover1979"Meteosat"
Germany (West)NoneMeter1985Meteosat
Germany (West)NoneMeter1989"Meteosat"
Guinea Republic951 (Mi1064A)
i951 (Mi1064B)
1985Meteosat (with enlarged cap on central axis)
Guinea Republic951a (BL174A)
i951a (BL174B)
On stamp of SS1 (951)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i951)
Guinea Republic1020 (Mi1137A)
i1020 (Mi1137B)

Imperforate
1986Meteosat (with enlarged cap on central axis)
Guinea Republic1020a (BL244A)
i1020a (BL244B)
On stamp of SS1 (1020)
On stamp of imperforate SS1 (i1020)
Guinea Republic1021 (BL240A)
i1021 (BL240B)
On stamp of SS1
On stamp of imperforate SS1
Guinea RepublicUnknown ss (BL?)In (upper-left) margin of SS12007Meteosat
Guinea-Bissau413Bd (BL176A)
i413Bd (BL176B)
In (left) margin of SS1 (413B)
In (left) margin of imperforate SS1 (i413B)
1981Meteosat
Guinea-Bissau413B+413Bd fdcSS1 on FDC
Jersey (Great Britain)561 (Mi541)1991"Meteosat"
Jersey (Great Britain)559-562 fdcOne of four stamps on FDC
Liechtenstein956 (Mi1012)1991Meteosat
Liechtenstein956 fdcStamp on FDC (FDC Officiel cachet)
Liechtenstein956 maxiMaxicard
Malagasy Republic969a (BL135)
i969a
In (right) margin of SS1 (969)
In (right) margin of imperforate SS1 (i969)
1990"Meteosat-P2"
Mali847a (Mi1672)
i847a
From MS4 (847 (a-d)) (Mi1672-1675)
From imperforate MS4 (i847 (a-d))
1996"Meteosat"-5 / "MOP-2"1
Mali847b (Mi1673)
i847b
Morocco464 (Mi935)1980Meteosat
Morocco464 dsDeluxe sheet (464)
Morocco464 fdcStamp on FDC
Mozambique946 (Mi1015)1985Meteosat
Niger393 (Mi573)
i393

Imperforate
1977(early-design) Meteosat
Niger393 proofsColor proof strip
Niger393 fdcStamp and (Edila) cachet on FDC
Niger1075a (Mi1947)One of MS6 (1075 (a-f)) (Mi1947-1952)2001"Meteosat"
Niger1075 fdcMS6 on FDC
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted imp
One of pair (2x 10b) overprinted in black
One of imperforate pair (2x 10b) overprinted in black
1979Meteosat
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted imp
One of pair (2x 10b) overprinted in red
One of imperforate pair (2x 10b) overprinted in red
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted imp
One of pair (2x 18b) overprinted in black
One of imperforate pair (2x 18b) overprinted in black
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted imp
One of pair (2x 18b) overprinted in red
One of imperforate pair (2x 18b) overprinted in red
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted imp
One of pair (2x 20b) overprinted in black
One of imperforate pair (2x 20b) overprinted in black
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)
Unlisted imp
One of pair (2x 20b) overprinted in red
One of imperforate pair (2x 20b) overprinted in red
Oman StateUnlisted (Mi unlisted)Overprinted in red
Oman StateUnlisted ss (BL unlisted)Imperforate SS1 overprinted in silver
RomaniaNoneCancel on cover1989Meteosat
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss (BL?)
Unknown iss
In (lower-right) margin of SS1: stamp-on-stamp: Bulgaria 3612
In (lower-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2005"Meteosat"
St. Thomas and Prince IslandsUnknown ss fdc
Unknown iss fdc
SS1 on FDC
Imperforate SS1 on FDC
Slovenia425a (Mi312)On label of MS9 (9x 425 + label)2000Meteosat
Turkey2331 (Mi2730)1985Meteosat
Turkey2331 fdcStamp on FDC
Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus298 fdc (BL9 fdc)Cachet on cover1991"Meteosat"
Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) (Eumetsat)
China (People's Republic)NonePostal card2005MSG
Guinea RepublicBL896A
BL896B
In (upper-right) margin of SS1
In (upper-right) margin of imperforate SS1
2005MSG-2
Guinea RepublicMi5880A
Mi5880B
One of MS6 (Mi5880-5885)
One of imperforate MS6 (Mi5880B-5885B)
2008"MSG-2"
Guinea RepublicMi5880A-5886A_ms fdcOne of MS6 and cachet on FDC
Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) (Eumetsat)
Central African RepublicMi4331-4334_ms4In (lower-center) margin of MS4 (Mi4331-4334)2013MTG-S (Sounder)
Kyrgyzstan410 (BL1A)
i410 (BL1B)
In (upper-left) margin of MS4 (410 (a-d))
In (upper-left) margin of imperforate MS4 (i410 (a-d))
2012MTG-I (Imager)

1MOP = Meteosat Operational Program (MOP-1 — 3 = Meteosat-4 — 6).


Below is a list of Meteosat, MSG, and MTG series launch covers (including anniversary-of-launch covers, and launch-related event covers).

CountryCancel DateCancel LocationType of ItemNotes on Content
Meteosat (Eumetsat)
1977-11-22: Meteosat-11
United States1977-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(DuBeau? blue and red rubber-stamp) cachet on (airmail) coverMeteosat-1 launch (possible Westar-1/2/3 type and rocket depicted2)
United States1977-11-22GSFC, MD(GSFC Stamp Club) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch; also DCS
United States1977-11-22Kennedy Space Center FL(SCPS) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Centennial) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Sticker) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Patrick AFB, FL(Whitney blue) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(ESA Stamp Club and the CNES Philatelic Association) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Kennedy Space Center FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Orlando FL, Kennedy Space Center Branch(Lollini silk) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-22Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
French Guiana1977-11-23Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
French Guiana1977-11-23Darmstadt(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
United States1977-11-23Cape Canaveral FL(Space Voyage) cachet on coverMeteosat-1 launch
1981-06-19: Meteosat-2 (and APPLE and CAT-3)
France1981-06-19Paris(Club Philatélique ESA) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet (different) on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(ESA rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(CNES Philatelic Association) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(ESTEC) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Aérospatiale) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(CNES Philatelic Association) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet (and signature) on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet (different, and signature) on coverMeteosat-2 launch
French Guiana1981-06-19Kourou(ERNO) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
Germany (West)1981-06-19Darmstadt(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
India1981-06-19Bangalore(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
South Africa1981-06-19Pretoria(Club Philatélique ESA/Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
United States1981-06-19Greenbelt MD(NASCOM Network) cachet on coverMeteosat-2 launch
1988-06-15: Meteosat-3 (and OSCAR-13 and Panamsat-1)
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(CPK red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(CPK printed and red rubber-stamp) cachets on launch cardMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(Rubber-stamp) cachets on launch cardMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(Printed) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(MBB-ERNO Philatelie) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
French Guiana1988-06-15Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale?) cachet on cardMeteosat-3 launch
Germany (West)1988-06-15Bremen(MBB-ERNO Philatelie) cachet on coverMeteosat-3 launch
1989-03-06: Meteosat-4 / MOP-1 (and JCSat-1)
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Aérospatiale Philatélie) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Red and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Multi-color printed) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Purple and black rubber-stamp) cachets on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Cyan printed) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverMeteosat-4 launch
French Guiana1989-03-06Kourou(Kourou Philatélie spatiale?) cachet on cardMeteosat-4 launch
1991-03-02: Meteosat-5 / MOP-2 (and Astra-1B)
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-5 launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Black rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMeteosat-5 launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Association philatélique du CNES) cachet on coverMeteosat-5 launch (Astra-1C depicted)
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-5 launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(CPK) cachet on coverMeteosat-5 launch
French Guiana1991-03-02Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverMeteosat-5 launch
1993-11-20: Meteosat-6 / MOP-3 (and Solidaridad-1)
French Guiana1993-11-19Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-6 launch
French Guiana1993-11-19Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverMeteosat-6 launch
French Guiana1993-11-19Kourou(C.E. SEP Section Philatélie) cachet on coverMeteosat-6 launch
French Guiana1993-11-19Kourou(CPK?) cachet on coverMeteosat-6 launch
French Guiana1993-11-19Kourou(Europa FDC Service?) cachet on coverMeteosat-6 launch
1997-09-02: Meteosat-7 / MTP (and HotBird-3)
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-7 launch
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Lollini) cachet (different) on coverMeteosat-7 launch
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Red rubber-stamp) cachet on coverMeteosat-7 launch
French Guiana1997-09-02Kourou(Conseil de l'Europe?) cachet on coverMeteosat-7 launch
Gabon1997-09-03Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverMeteosat-7 launch
Meteosat (on other than Meteosat launch covers)
United States1977-07-14Cape Canaveral FL(Orbit Covers) cachet on GMS-1 launch cover"Meteosat (ESA)"
Japan1981-08-11Minamitane(Watanabe) insert from GMS-2 launch cover, also front"Meteosat" (in text)
French Guiana1990-08-30Kourou(Printed) cachet on Skynet-4C and Eutelsat-2-F1 launch coverMeteosat (depicted)
French Guiana1992-07-09Kourou(Blue rubber-stamp) cachet on Insat-2A and Eutelsat-2-F4 launch coverMeteosat
French Guiana2006-03-11Kourou(One of two blue rubber-stamp) cachets on HotBird-7A and SpainSat launch coverMeteosat
Meteosat Second Generation (MSG) (Eumetsat)
2002-08-28: MSG-1 / Meteosat-8 (and AtlanticBird-1)
French Guiana2002-08-28Kourou(ESA) cachet on cover, also insertMSG-1 launch
2005-12-21: MSG-2 / Meteosat-9 (and Insat-4A)
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (black cancel)MSG-2 launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Lollini) cachet on cover (red cancel)MSG-2 launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Association Philatélique du C.E. SPS) cachet on coverMSG-2 launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(CPK?) cachet on coverMSG-2 launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Arianespace) cachet on coverMSG-2 launch
French Guiana2005-12-21Kourou(Lollini and several rubber-stamp) cachets on coverMSG-2 launch
Gabon2005-12-21Libreville(Lollini) cachet on coverMSG-2 launch
France2005-12-22Paris(Lollini) cachet on coverMSG-2 launch
French Guiana2005-12-22Kourou(Lollini) cachet on coverMSG-2 launch
2012-07-05: MSG-3 / Meteosat-10 (and EchoStar-17)
No launch cover images available yet
2015-07-15: MSG-4 / Meteosat-11 (and StarOne-C4)
No launch cover images available yet
Meteosat Third Generation (MTG) (Eumetsat)
No launch cover images available until this satellite is launched!

1Meteosat-1 newspaper article.
2The rocket in this cachet is based on a Whitney-design cachet as found on covers such as this GOES-1_cover; the comsat design is similar to that of the Westar-1/2/3 type satellites.


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