the stamp as printed on the stamp.
||A special set
of mostly different stamps of the same series printed together on
one small sheet (block).
||A book inventorising
all stamps published for a specific country with a catalogue number
and an indicative price value. There are many different catalogues.
Every country has a dominant and mostly different catalogue. The most
famous catalogue in the US is the Scott catalogue.
way the picture/face of the stamp is inprinted on the paper. Is it
right in the middle or too low, high or too much to the right or left.
In general a perfect stamp has exactly the same margins left, right,
top and bottom.
where one or more sides are not perforated but cut in a straight line.
front part of the stamp comprising of the perforation, frame and vignette.
The face must be free of scratches or any other damage.
outer decorative border of the stamp. A lot of modern stamps do not
have frames anymore.
||A special commemorative
envelope and stamp that is published on the day a new set of stamps
is released. These are for collectors only.
||The overall condition
of the stamp considering all factors such as perforations, centering,
gum, etc Mostly categorized in Superb, Extra Fine, Fine, Very Good
side on which the stamp is attached. Postal offices use more and more
stickers instead of a glue service that must be made wet to stick.
stamp is or was hinged to paper. The gum is not intact anymore.
way perforations are made on the sides of the stamp. These are not
always the same for every side.
||A smaller subdivision
of a sheet.
are many different types of paper stamps are printed on. The better
the paper, the more it will withstand the elements of time and environment.
plate that is used to print the vignette and frame of the stamp. Plate
markings can be seen on the side of sheets and panes.
||One large paper
sheet of the same stamps as it comes of one printer run.
stamp was never hinged to paper. The gum is intact.
stamp has been cancelled. An ink stamp was applied on the stamp.
is no cancellation ink on the stamp. The stamp can still be used.
||Value of the
stamp in local currencies. Sometimes replaced by a symbol.
inner picture of a stamp.