Journal Stamps: Stamps
used to pay bulk postage and tax on newspapers, magazines and other
or Diamond (60th)
anniversary of a rulers reign. Most notably Stamps of Great Britain
and the Commonwealth nations.
A cancellation which is very heavy and
covers most of the stamp effectively obliterating the design.
Some Killers are highly collectable as
One of the two principal types of paper used for printing stamps.
Made up of closely parallel horizontal and/or vertical lines created
during the paper's manufacture.
The Stamp design or a photograph of
it is transferred onto a metal plate with a greasy ink and the rest
of the plate is etched away leaving only the raised design.
Letterpress stamps can be detected by the impression of the design
standing out on the back.
sheet of writing paper with a stamp already printed on it so that
the sheet can be folded, addressed and mailed without having to use
a separate envelope.
A pair of stamps showing a line of color between them.
A flat surface printing method in which the design is drawn,
photographed or otherwise transferred to a stone or metal plate and
fixed in place using a treatment with acid to accept a greasy ink,
while the rest of the plate is kept damp to reject the ink.
Lithographed stamps are distinguished by their generally flat
Stamps issued for use only in a certain city,
town or district and not valid for postage anywhere else.
Stamps treated with a phosphorescent substance or printed on
fluorescent paper, or with fluorescent ink for use with electronic
Usually refers to stamps of the same issue that differ in one or
more major areas; design, color, denomination, shape, size, paper,
perforations, watermarks, inscriptions, or imprints. Can also refer
to stamps of different issues.
A cancellation done by hand with either a pen or pencil.
The unprinted paper surrounding the design of a stamp.
A pictorial postcard showing the stamp design
or other subject bearing either the stamp pictured or a stamp
related to the design and bearing a postmark related to the stamp or
A design printed directly on an envelope or strip of gummed paper by
a postage meter machine and used in place of postage stamps.
unit of measurement in the metric system, equal to a tenth of a
centimeter. The most commonly used unit of measurement in stamp
collecting. for both stamp dimensions and in measuring perforation
Miniature Sheet: Usually
refers to a Souvenir sheet that is of a smaller size than a regular
Pane of stamps.
What is most commonly referred to as a sheet
is actually a Pane of Stamps
- usually one of four or six that make up a
A stamp that is
"Post Office Fresh,"
that is in the same condition as when it left the mint or printing
source. A stamp which has never been soiled, stained, creased,
marked, or torn. Usually with Full Original Gum,
Mint Never Hinged: A
stamp which has full original gum and has never been hinged soiled
stained creased marked or torn.
Mixed stamps, sometimes still on paper that has been collected by
mission homes and other charitable organizations. The Term has
evolved to signify any bulk mixture of unsorted stamps.
A group of stamps from the same sheet, unseparated, numbering
greater than two but less than a full pane.
A block of stamps on which a name appears in
the margin rather than a number.
Refers to the latest stamp or stamps currently issued by a country.
Stamps issued by a country for use in the
occupied territory of another country.
Off Paper Mixture:
A term used to refer to a package of stamps which have been removed
from the paper to which they were originally affixed.
Stamps that are used by a country for use on Official Government
Offset Lithography: A
type of printing in which the design is first transferred from the
printing plate to a rubber roller, then from the roller to the
A stamp which is still attached to the entire piece of mail,
generally an envelope on which it was originally affixed.
The unaltered gum with which the
stamp was originally issued.
Any additional printing added to a stamp after
the stamp itself has been printed.
The chemical process by which the original color of the stamp
changes through exposure to the elements.