Philatelic terminology can be daunting for the beginner or less experienced stamp collector. However, as with most jargon, philatelic terms are pretty straightforward once you know what they actually mean. So to help you make sense of the occasionally obscure language stamp dealers’ use, here’s our glossary of the most common philatelic terms.
The Philatelic Traders Society, responsible for hosting Stampex International, the largest philatelic event in Europe, is taking its biannual expo online with a new, exciting modern-day digital version.
One thing philatelists learn quickly on the job is that no stamp is perfect. Not only do the individual stamps we handle come in varying conditions, but most stamps issued throughout history have variations involving printing errors. These errors are what makes philately so interesting, and also what can make certain stamps so valuable.
Rocket mail. No, this isn’t the name of a fancy new email service. Rather, ‘rocket mail’ is the term used to describe any attempt to deliver mail via a rocket or projectile.
Stamp collecting is easier than it looks. Yes, to newcomers it may seem daunting, particularly when collectible stamps have a history going back almost two hundred years. But it’s surprisingly easy to begin collecting stamps, since all you need to know is where to buy them.
Have a stamp collection you're planning to sell, but you're not sure if it’s worth much?
Eggs are eggs, as the old saying goes. However, you can’t really say the same thing for stamps. Because while stamps all serve to pay for postage, they vary in many, many ways. And one of the subtler ways in which stamps differ is through the printing processes and techniques used to produce them.