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STAMP ABBREVIATIONS
STAMP ABBREVIATIONS
2phb - Two side phosphor bands A AAT - Australian Antarctic Territory. Addr - Addressed. Adm - Administration| AFDCS - American First Day Cover Society AFL - American Football League or Australian Football League or American Federation of Labor. Anniv - Anniversary Ant - Antilles. ANZAC - Australia & New Zealand Army Corps. Aph - All over phosphor or phosphorized paper APS - American Philatelic Society APU - Arab Postal Union ASDA - American Stamp Dealer's Association ASEAN - Association of South East Asian Nations ASPCA - American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Assoc - Association. ATA - American Topical Association. Avg - Average B b - Born BAT - British Antarctic Territory. BEP - Bureau of Engraving and Printing Bg - Browned Gum. Bicent - Bicentennial BIOT - British Indian Ocean Territory. Bklt - Booklet Blk - Block of stamps BMA - British Military Authority. BNA - British North America. BOB - Back-of-the-book e.g. Officials, Postage Dues, Revenues etc. BP - Complete booklet pane Br or Brit - British btwn - Between Bur - Bureau. BVI - British Virgin Islands. BWI - British West Indies C ¢.- Cent c.or ca - Circa CAR - Central African Republic Cat - Catalogue Cds - Circular date stamp Cent - Centennial; centenary; century. CEPT - Conference Européan des Administrations des Postes et des Telécommunications. CGB - Cross Gutter Block. CIO - Congress of Industrial Organizations. CIS - Commonwealth of Independent States (formerly part of USSR) Cis - Crease in selvage (usually refers to s/s) Cm - Corner margin Cnr - Corner Conf - Conference Cong - Congress CP - Unsevered coil pair Cphb - One center phosphor band Cpl - Complete or Corporal Cplt - Complete CTO - Cancelled to order CTS - Cut-to-shape. CV - Catalog value. Cvr - Cover. D d - Died Dbl - Double DDR - Deutsche Democratische Republik (East Germany). Delcon - Delivery Confirmation. Dg - Disturbed gum. DOB - Date of birth. DPRK - Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea). E E - Euro (European currency). EC - European Community ECU - European currency unit ECV - Estimated catalog value. EEC - European Economic Community EKU - Earliest known use Engr - Engraved Est - Estimate(d) or Established. Exhib - Exhibition Expo - Exposition F F- Fine condition of a stamp. FAM - First Air Mail (flight). F-VF - Fine to very fine condition of a stamp. FAO - Food and Agricultural Organization of the United Nations FD - First Day FDC - First Day Cover FDOI - First Day of Issue FDX - First day cancel Fed - Federation or Federal FFC - First Flight Cover FFH - Freedom From Hunger FID - Falkland Island Dependencies. FIP - Federation International de Philatelie. FOG - Fingerprint on gum. FR - Ffestiniog Railway, Wales U.K. Railway stamps - some just say FR. FSAT - French Southern & Antarctic Territories. FSM - Federated States of Micronesia. G GB - Great Britain GEA - German East Africa. Gen - General GG - Glazed gum GP - General purpose or Gutter pair. GPO - General Post Office H HC - Hand cancel H/C - Hand colored H/D - Hand drawn H/M - Handmade Hor or Horiz - Horizontal H/P - Hand painted HPO - Highway Post Office I IA - Ink addressed ICAO - International Civil Aviation Organization ICY - International Cooperation Year. IGPC - Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corporation. ILO - International Labor Organization Imperf - Imperforated Impt - Imprint Intl - International Invtd - Inverted IQSY - International Quiet Sun Year ITU - International Telecommunications Union ITY - International Tourism Year IWY - International Women's Year IYC - International Year of the Child IYD - International Year of the Disabled IYSH - International Year of Shelter for the Homeless IYY - International Youth Year J K KEVIII or KE8 - King Edward VIII of England KGV or KG5 - King George V of England. KGVI or KG6 - King George VI of England. KSA - Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. KUT - Kenya, Uganda & Tanganyika (later Tanzania). L £ - British pound sterling L - Left LA - Label addressed LH - Lightly hinged Lieut - Lieutenant Litho - Lithographed LL - Lower left LP - Line pair LR - Lower right LSASE - Large stamped, self-addressed envelope. M Maxi - Maximum Card. MC - Machine cancel Mgn - Margin. Mil - Military. mm - Millimeter MNG - Mint, no gum MNH - Mint never hinged. MO - Money Order. Ms - Manuscript or Miniature sheet. MVLH - Mint, very lightly hinged N NASA - National Aeronautic and Space Administration NASDA - North American Stamps Dealers Association. Natl - National NATO - North Atlantic Treaty Organization. NG - No gum NH - Never hinged. No. or Nr - Number NS - No selvage (usually refers to a stamp from a S/S). NSTA - National Science Teachers Association. NX - Neat cds cancel. NZ - New Zealand. O OAU - Organization of Africa Union. O/C - Off center. OE - Cover has been opened on the end OG - Original gum OHMS - On His (Her) Majesty's Service. OHS - Owner's tiny handstamp on the back of a stamp. OPEC - Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries OS - Official Service. OT - Cover has been opened at the top Ovpt - Overprint Ovptd - Overprinted P Pa - Pencil addressed or (album) paper adherence on the gum side of a stamp. Paq - Paquebot mail. PB - Plate block. PC - Postcard. PDG - Philatelic Dealer's Group PDR - People's Democratic Republic Perf - Perforated PG - Part original gum Ph - Phosphor Phil - Philatelic Photo - Photogravure Pkg - Package. Pl# - Plate number PMC - Postage and Mailing Center stamp. PNC - Plate numbered coil PNG - Papua New Guinea. PO - Post Office. Pr - Pair of stamps PR - Puerto Rico PRC - People's Republic of China (Communist China) Prec - Precancel; precancelled Pres - President. PTS - Philatelic Traders Society. PX - Pen cancel Q QEII or QE2 - Queen Elizabeth II of England. QM - Queen Mother. QV - Queen Victoria of England R R - Right RAF - (British) Royal Air Force. Reg - Registered. Rev - Revenue. RG - Regummed Rio - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. ROC - Republic of China (Taiwan). ROK - Republic of Korea. Roul - Rouletted. RPO - Railroad Post Office RSA - Republic of. South Africa. RSC - Rubberstamp cachet. RSW - Royal Silver Wedding. RTS - Return to sender. RX - Revenue cancel. S $ - Dollar SAE - Self-addressed envelope. SAR - Syrian Arab Republic. SASE - Self-addressed stamped envelope. SCV - Scott catalog value. SE - One straight edge on a stamp. SEATO - South East Asia Treaty Organization. SG - Stanley Gibbons catalog. Sgl - Single stamp Sgt - Sergeant Sht - Sheet SMOM - Sovereign Military Order of the Knights of Malta. Soc - Society SON - Socked-on-the-nose cancel Souv - Souvenir Spec - Specimen overprint Sphb - Single, one side phosphor band SPI - Small natural inclusion in the paper S/S - Souvenir sheet SSR - Soviet Socialist Republic St - Saint or Street. Surch - Surcharge. Sync perfs - Syncopated perforations. T TAAF - Territoires Australe et Antarctique Francais (French Southern & Antarctic Territories). Tb or Tlb - Traffic light block Typo - Typographed U UA - Unaddressed UAE - United Arab Emirates. UAMPT - Union of African and Malagasy Posts and Telecommunications UAR - United Arab Republic (formerly of Egypt & Syria). UB - Undivided back of a postcard. UK - United Kingdom UL - Upper left UN - United Nations. Unaddr - Unaddressed. UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization UNICEF - United Nations Children's Education Fund Univ - University. UNPA - United Nations Postal Authority. Unwmkd - Unwatermarked. UO - Unofficial First Day Cover UPU - Universal Postal Union. UR - Upper right US or USA - United States or United States of America or United States Army. USAF - United States Air Force. USCG - United States Coast Guard. USMC - United States Marine Corps. USN - United States Navy. USPO - United States Post Office USPS - United States Postal Service USSR - Union of Soviet Socialist Republics USVI - U.S. Virgin Islands UV - Ultra-violet V Var - Variation or Variety Vert - Vertical VF - Very fine condition of a stamp. VLH - Very lightly hinged VP - Vice president W WCY - World Communications Year WFUNA - World Federation of United Nations Associations WHO - World Health Organization Wi - Watermark inverted Wmk - Watermark Wmkd - Watermarked WMO - World Meteorological Organization Wr - Watermark reversed WRY - World Refugee Year Ws - Watermark sideways Wsi - Watermark sideways inverted WWF - World Wildlife Fund WWI - World War I WWII - World War II X XF - Extra fine condition of a stamp. Xmas - Christmas. Y ¥ - Yen (Japanese currency) YAR - Yemen Arab Republic Z [contact-form][contact-field label='Name' type='name' required='1'/][contact-field label='Email' type='email' required='1'/][contact-field label='Website' type='url'/][contact-field label='Comment' type='textarea' required='1'/][contact-field label='You want to sell your stamps' type='checkbox' required='1'/][/contact-form]   [auction-affiliate tool="lister"]

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