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Abbreviations and grading.

Mint stamps: Assume all 19th and early 20th Century stamps to have hinge remnants unless other wise stated. Assume later issues are lightly hinged unless otherwise stated.

Used stamps: Grading takes into account centering and the position, clarity and type of cancel. Out of the ordinary town cancels are noted. Also 19th Century issues are graded according to what is considered normal for that issue. Any flaws such as thins, creases, scuffs and missing perfs. are noted.

cds.; circular date stamp.
dcds; double ring date stamp.
TRD; Temporary Rubber Stamp (usually oval)

inv.; inverted
wmk.; watermark

U; Used
M; Mint, all mint stamps are hinged unless marked NH.
NH; never hinged NG; no gum.
OG; original gum.
LH; lightly hinged.
HR; Hinge Remnant, (piece of an old hinge remains stuck to the back).
SS; slightly stained

Sc; Scott
SG; Stanley Gibbons
BH; Barefoot & Hall
HG; Higgins & Gage


Using Our Site

You do not have to create an account to browse or purchase items. However, having an account does offer advantages, such as looking up past orders and saving time typing in your details.

Our stock is separated into Stamps, Postal History (Covers) and Postcards.

You will find these categories on the left hand side of the catalog. Click on a category to expand it and then click on a particular country to view the items on offer.

You can also use the Search Feature on the right; this is useful if you are looking for themes or specialized areas such as Paquebot Mail.

Below is shown a typical stamp listing. The first number is the Stanley Gibbons catalogue number, this is followed by the Scott number. The U refers to Used, M would indicate the stamp is mint. There follows a brief description followed by a grade and finally a stock code in brackets.

SG155c / Sc110 U Block 1/- red/grey KGVI def. in block of 6, VFU (sbah15)

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