Common Philatelic Terms

The postings over the last few weeks focused on the vocabulary used for stamp varieties, nicknames, errors and other famous stamps. This post is more of a glossary of popular terms every promising philatelist should know. Below is our list:



TermExplanation
AlbinoA stamp with die colors completely missing

Bank Mixture
Stamps usually on paper sourced from a financial institution.
BourseA stamp show or marketplace where stamps are bought & sold.
Boxed PostmarkA rectangular postmark as opposed to the normal circular ones.
BridgeA small band of paper between perforations in sheets of stamps.
Bull’s EyeStamps with cancel with date right in the middle of the design.
Catalogue ValueThe retail value of postage stamps as mentioned in one of the major stamp catalogues
CenteringPosition of the design of the stamp in relation to the paper it is printed on
Circular Date Stamp (CDS) PostmarkA circular cancel that shows date & place of mailing.
Compound PerforationStamps with different perforations on the sides
Crash coverA letter salvaged from a wreck that has been delivered with a postal mark explaining the damage
DieThe metal on which stamp designs are made (engraved or etched) for production
Die CutMachine cut applied between self-adhesive stamps that keeps the backing paper intact
Double ImpressionTwo impressions of the stamp design on a stamp
Duplex CancelsA stamp with two cancels – one indicating location & date and the other a mark that obliterates the design.
Face Value or DenominationThe amount of money paid when purchasing a stamp from the postal service
Fancy CancelA cancel that has a pictorial design of its own.
First-flight CoverA cover that was carried on a first flight opening a new airmail route – a cachet describing the event is usually part of the cover design
GutterThe space between two adjacent stamps in a sheet
HandstampedCancelled by hand using a rubber stamp or similar device
Imperforate betweenTwo stamps attached together with perforations on all sides but either the vertical or horizontal middle perforations missing
ImprintAny information printed on the selvage of a stamp sheet.
Laid paperA type of paper used to manufacture stamps characterized by parallel lines (horizontal or vertical) visible when held against light
Lightly Hinged (LH) Hinged so that the hinge mark is barely noticeable.
VarietySame stamp but with differences in color, perforation, watermark, etc
MicroprintingPrinting made of tiny lettering on some postage stamps used as a security device, part of the design, and/or identification
MintStamps that were not used for postage
Mint, never hinged (MNH)An unhinged uncanceled stamp
Mission MixtureStamps usually on paper sourced from a charitable mission.
MuteStamps with no identification markings. Also applies to cancels as in “mute cancels” when the cancellation doesn’t have any information
Numeral CancelationsCancelations that use numbers to identify mailing office
Offices AbroadStamps of one country used in another country characterized by overprints
On coverStamps collected on the original envelope.
OxidizedA stamp that has changed color due to oxidation.
Pen cancelationA cancelation applied by pen
Pictorial CancelA cancelation with a distinct design
PlateA sheet of metal on which stamp design is engraved for printing
Plate NumberA number shared by all sheets of stamps run through a given plate.
QuadrilleA type of stamp album page that have ruled squares that help with arranging stamps in the page.
RegummedStamps with gum applied after issue usually to defraud collectors.
RoulettingSlits between certain types of stamp sheets that facilitate separation.
Safety PaperSpecial paper used by postal authorities to make stamps that make it difficult to forge
SelvageThe portion of a stamp sheet that is not part of a stamp.
Service InscriptionA stamp design in which the type of service is indicated as part of the design.
ShadeMinor color freaks.
SheetA set of stamps joined together produced from a single plate
SilkA special type of paper used by postal authorities for stamp production in which silk threads are included as part of the paper making mixture used as a security measure to prevent forgery.
SlabbingThe procedure of encasing stamps in tamper-protected casing, usually after grading/authentication.
Socked on the noseA cancel that obliterates the design in a stamp.
StainPaper discoloration in a stamp.
Straight EdgeA stamp with no perforations on one or more sides (but not all)
Tagphosphor coating on stamps that aid with automatic mail handling
Tēte-bēcheA pair of stamps connected together, but with one upside down
ThematicsCollecting by a theme
Tied to coverA cancelation that ties a stamp to a cover. Relevant when a particular collectible cover is valuable with the original canceled stamp on it.
UngummedStamps that were issued with no gum by the postal authority
UnhingedStamps that were never hinged
UsedStamps that were used for postage
Universal Postal Union (UPU)International postal body that standardize postal usage across countries.
Wove paperA smooth paper used in stamp production


Though this word list is not all encompassing by any measure, they do rank high in popularity. As always, if you are aware of a term that you believe should be in this list, please comment or let us know by using the “Contact Us” link and we will be sure to incorporate it.


Last Updated: 09/2015.

10 comments :

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Melanie said...

i just started collecting stamps a couple weeks ago. i've been wondering what people mean by mnh. thanks :)
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tsslug said...

I've been collecting for 47 yrs now. I strictly do US stamps

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Amber said...

I love old stamps, been collecting since I was young. Thanks!

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