Addr : Addressed
Adhs : Adhesive Stamp
A.P.O. : Army Post Office
APS : American Philatelic Society
B.A.P.O. : British Army Post Office
BC : British Colonies.
B.F.P.O. : British Force Post Office
B.I.O.T. : British Indian Ocean Territories
BK4/BK6 : Block of four stamps or six stamps
BKLT : Booklet.This refers to a set of stamps sold together in booklet form in the local Post Office
BLOCK : This usually refers to a Block of 4 stamps
B.N.A. : British North America, Canada, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, etc.
BOB : Back of Book
BP : Booklet Pane
B/S : Back Stamp
B.T.B. : Believed to be
C : Cover. This refers to an envelope
CANC : Cancellation. This is an abbreviation which refers to the type of postmark.
CAT : Catalogue
CC : Color Catalogue
CDS : Circular Date Stamp.
CERT : Certificate
CTO : Cancelled To Order.
CNR : Corner Piece
COMMEM : Commemorative issue
COMP : Complete
DEFIN : Definitive Issue
DOC : Document
D/C : Double circle Cancellation
EII : Queen Elizabeth II - This refers to stamps which carry that GB monarch and are issued by the BC.
EDVII : King Edward VII - This refers to stamps that carry that UK monarch.
EDVIII : King Edward VII- see above
ENV : Envelope
F : Fine. This refers to the condition of the stamp.
FACE : Face value. This refers to the postage value of the stamp(s).
FDC : First Day Cover.
FFC : First Flight Cover.
FU or F/USED : Fine Used.
GB : Great Britain. This refers usually to the stamps issued by Great Britain. (see also UK)
GU : Good Used.
HH : Heavily Hinged.
HI VAL : High Value.
H/S : Hand stamp.
IMPERF : Imperforate. This refers to the stamp which has no perforations.
K : Thousand. This refers usually to the number of stamps or Rupees/Dollars in the auction lot, example: 5K = 5000 stamps or 5000 Rupees/Dollars.
KGV : King George V.
KGVI : King George VI. This refers to stamps which carries that monarch's portrait.
LH : Lightly Hinged. See note below under LM or VLH.
LM : Lightly Mounted. This is another way of saying that the stamp is Very Lightly Hinged and has no hinge attached. You can see where the hinge was previously applied, albeit lightly.
M : Mint.
MNH : Mint not hinged.
M/S : Miniature Sheet.
NG : No Gum. This refers to a stamp that is unused and does carry a postmark cancellation but it has no gum. That may have occurred when the stamp was removed from the envelope.
NH : Not Hinged. This refers to the stamp having its original gum and being without hinge trace.
NR/NO RES : No Reserve. On eBay this refers to the fact that the SELLER has not placed a hidden reserve and that if you bid at the starting price and you are the only bidder, then you will buy that item at that same starting price.
ODDS and ENDS : This is an abbreviation to tell you that this auction lot has various and possibly interesting items for sale. You will find a clearer explanation in the description of each particular auction lot. ( see also BOB).
OHMS : On His/Her Majesty's Service.
OG : Original Gum.
OS : Official Service. This refers to the overprints and/or PERFINS that were applied to stamps that were used for official mail in Australia.
PB : Plate Block.
PERF : Perforation. This refers to the perforation on the stamp.
PERFIN : The name is a contraction of perforated initials or perforated insignia.
PMK : Postmark
PTD : Printed
PUBLI : Published
POR : Price on request
POW : Prisoner of War
PPC : Picture Post Card
P.T.S.A. : Priced to Sell At.
QE : Queen Elizabeth
QV : Queen Victoria
REGD : Registered
SE : Straight Edge. This refers to the stamp that has one side with no perforations.
SNT : Se-tenant.
SG : Stanley Gibbons (Catalogue)
S/S : Souvenir Sheet. This refers to a commemorative issue with a great deal of selvage. See M/S
S.T.C. : Stated to Catalogue.
STRIP : This abbreviation/notation refers to stamps that are attached in a row or column.
TPO : Travelling Post Office
U : Used. This denotes stamps that have been postally used.
UK : United Kingdom. This refers to stamps issued by Great Britain. See also GB.
U/M : Unmounted Mint. This refers to stamps that are MNH ( see above).
UNUSED : This is an abbreviation that refers to the fact that the stamp does not carry a cancellation but it may also refer to the fact that the stamp has no gum. (see above NG)
U.P.U. : Universal Postal Union
USPS : United States Postal service. This refers to the postal authority that runs the POST in the USA.
VF : Very Fine. This refers to the SELLER's suggested grading for the stamp that he is selling.
VLH : Very Lightly Hinged. This refers to a mint stamp that was formerly hinged. see LM
WMK : Watermark
WWI : 1st World War
WWII : 2nd World War
XF : Extra Fine. This is used by the SELLER to state about the superb condition of the stamp.
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