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Approvals:

Stamps sent to a collector for examination. Approvals must be bought or returned to the dealer within a specific time.

Block:

An unsevered block of stamps at least two stamps wide and two stamps high.

 

Booklet Pane:

A small pane of stamps especially printed and cut to be sold in booklets.

 

Cancellation:

A mark placed on a stamp by a postal authority to prevent its reuse.

 

Cancelled to Order (CTO):

Stamps which are cancelled by the postal authorities without beins sent through the mails.

 

Coils:

Stamps issued in rolls for use in affixing or vending machines.

 

Commemoratives:

Stamps which honor anniversaries, important people, or special events. Commemoratives are usually sold for a specific period of time.

GLOSSARY OF PHILATELIC TERMS

Condition:

The state of a stamp in regard to centering, color freshness, cancellation, and other related characteristics.

Cover:

The entire wrapping or envelope in which a letter has been sent through the mail.

Definitives:

Regular issues of stamps as distinct from commemoratives.

Engraved:

Stamps produced from steel plates into which the design has been inscribed. Lines on the face of engraved stamps are slightly raised, and when seen from the back are slightly depressed.

First Day Cover:

A Cover bearing a new stamp and cancelled on the first day of sale, usually at an officially designated location.

Gum:

The adhesive on the back of an unused stamp.

Imperforate:

Stamps withour perforations. They must be separated with scissors and are usually collected in pairs to prove their authenticity.

Inverted Center:

A stamp with the center printed upside down in relation to the rsst of the design.

Laid paper:

Shows closely spaced alternate light and dark lines when held up to a light.

Overprint:

Any word, inscription, or device placed on a stamp to alter its use or locality, or to serve a special purpose.

Pair:

Two unsevered stamps.

Pane:

A portion of the original sheet as cut for sale at the post offices.

Part Perforate:

A stamp which has perforations on one, two or three sides.

Perforations:

Line of small cuts or holes placed between tworows of stamps to facilitate separation.

Plate Block Number:

A block of stamps with sheet margins showing a plate number or numbers. Often it is known simply as a plate block..

Postal stationery:

Envelopes, postcards, wrappers etc. which have non adhesive stamps embossed or printed on them.

Postmark:

A mark struck opon envelopes, generally to indicate the name of the post office,date of mailing etc.

Precancels:

Stamps with cancellations applied before the mailing of the article on which they prepay postage.

Provisionals:

Stamps issued prior to the regular issues or to meet a temporary shortage of regular stamps.

Reissue:

An official printing of a stamp, or stamps,that had been discontinued.

Rouletting:

Short consecutive cuts in the paper between rows of stamps to facillitate separation.

Se-tenant:

An unsevered pair of stamps which differ in value, design or surcharge.

Sheet:

Complete unseparated group of stamps as originally printed.

Surcharge:

An overprint which alters or restates the face value or denomination of the stamp to which it is applied.

Unused:

A stamp with or without gum which has no cancellation or other evidence of postal duty.

Used:

A stamp which has done postal duty as evidenced by the cancellation.

Watermark:

A design or pattern incorporated into the peper during its manufacture.

Wove paper:

Has a smooth and even surface and shows no light and dark features when held up to a light.

       Mint

       Used

       Block

       Cover

SS - Souvenir or Miniature Sheet

LH - Lightly Hinged

NH - Never Hinged

NG - No Gum

DG - Disturbed Gum

RG - Regummed

VG - Very Good

F   - Fine

VF - Very Fine

TS - Tropical Stain

Flt - Fault, Thin Tear etc.

OC - Off Center

SE - Straight Edge

FDC - First Day Cover

PPC - Picture Post Card

M/S - Matched Set

m/s - Manuscript

BOB - Back of the Book

SON - Socked on the nose cancel

CDS - Circular Dated Cancel

CTO - Cancelled to Order

STC - Stated to Catalogue

 

A (-) Indicates a complete set or range of stamps.

A (/) Indicates a broken range of stamps.

An 'Est'Before the price indicates an estimated cash value of the lot.

 

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