Postal Order Society

The Postal Order Society is a numismatic and philatelic society which was established in 1985 by Howard Lunn, who became the first Chairman of the Society.


The main aim of the Postal Order Society is to promote the study of postal orders, postal notes, money orders and related items. The Society is a member of the UK-based Association of British Philatelic Societies (ABPS) and the American Philatelic Society. Meetings are held annually in London at the IBNS venue. Very few members collect only postal orders, but usually add them to their philatelic or banknote collections. British postal orders are very popular.

Officers and membership

The Postal Order Society is today administered by a Chairman, Treasurer and Secretary. There are some overseas representatives from New Zealand, Australia and USA. There were 89 members of the society as of February 2011.


A newsletter is published quarterly called Postal Order News, which contains news and articles mostly submitted by members of the Society. Annually, there is a postal auction of postal orders and related items. A sales list is available to sell and buy postal orders. Subscriptions are £5 UK, £7 Europe, Elsewhere £6 surface and £9 airmail.

Two catalogues have been published, one on overprinted British postal orders and one on New Zealand postal notes.