Confused about any stamp terms? This section will explain the most common ones.
Many different terms are used when discussing stamps and stamp collecting. Some of the most
common ones are explained below.
A commemorative stamp is one that celebrates social or historical events of national importance.
A cover is just another name for an envelope.
Definitive stamps have commonly used values (e.g. 70 cents), so they stay in circulation for a long time. These stamps are mostly used for posting standard letters.
Small pieces of paper gummed on both sides that are used for mounting stamps in an album.
Mint stamps are stamps in perfect condition that have not been through the postal system and have not been postmarked.
The lines of small holes punched between stamps so that they can be torn apart easily.
The study of everything relating to stamp collecting and postage (pronounced fil-at-a-lee).
Postmarks are the official marks put on stamps to stop people re-using them. Postmarks also show when and where letters were posted.
Stamp catalogues show all the stamps ever produced by a particular country and also give their value, both in mint condition and postmarked.
Stamp dealers buy and sell Australian and overseas stamps.
These are used instead of hinges to attach stamps to album pages.
These stamps have been postmarked while going through the mail.