In philately (stamp collecting) a perfin is a stamp that has had initials or a name perforated across it to discourage theft. The name is a contraction of perforated initials or perforated insignia. They are also sometimes called SPIFS (Stamps Perforated with Initials of Firms and Societies. In 1868 Great Britain became the first country to […]
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A stamp collectors glossary. We all have to start somewhere, and we hope this helps you out. The beauty with stamp collecting – is that you never stop learning. Even experienced collectors have gaps in their knowledge, and this is becoming the case more, as larger numbers of collectors specialise in narrower areas.
Collecting stamps can be a rewarding hobby at any level of skill or expense. A beginner or child can be perfectly happy with an album of pretty pictures from any country. An advanced collector can be enthralled with a detailed study of a single stamp, or by the challenge of tracking down the last stamp […]
A Bisect is a stamp which has been cut or perforated into two parts for seperate use. This is often when there is a shortage of stamps. These are best collected on a piece or cover with ‘tied’ postmark. A stamp is said to be ‘tied‘ on cover or piece when the postmark or cancellation […]