A Glossary of Terms for the Collector of United States Stamps
This glossary is intended for use by the collector of United States stamps who wishes to better understand a term that is encountered in philatelic literature.
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Catalogue numbers used in this glossary are from Scott Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps and Covers.
Definitions provided are intended only for application to United States stamps and covers. Applying some of them to foreign stamps could result in error or misunderstanding.
Rodney A. Juell, editor