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Specimen stamps are most often overprinted "SPECIMEN," "MUESTRA," "SAGGIO," "MUSTER," or the equivalent terms in other languages. Specimen stamps might also be marked by being punched, perforated, handstamped or inscribed.

Stamps overprinted with the word "specimen" are generally used on stamps distributed through the International Bureau of the Postal Union to postal administrations of all countries to show what stamps have been issued.

Specimen: Stamp or stationery item distributed to Universal Postal Union members for identification purposes and to the philatelic press and trade for publicity purposes.

Specimen - stamp or stationery item so overprinted for distribution to Universal Postal Union members for identification purposes and to the philatelic press and trade for publicity purposes.
Specimen ...

Specimen - See 'Essay.'
Stamped envelope - The USPS and postal agencies of other countries sell envelopes with a stamp already printed or embossed upon it.

Specimen - Postal items which have an overprint of the word "Specimen" which is used for identification or publicity.
Speculative Issue - Stamp issues released for sale to collectors.

Specimen: Stamp or stationery item distributed to UPU members for identification purposes and to the philatelic press and trade for publicity purposes.

"Specimen". Stamp or stationery overprinted "Specimen" and distributed to member countries of the Universal Postal Union.

Referring to a special set of coins struck at the Mint from 1792 to 1816 that display many characteristics of the later Proof coinage.
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SPECIMEN: Sample postage stamps which usually have the word 'specimen' overprinted on them (or perforated).

(80) Specimens:- One of the regulations of the Universal Postal Union requires member nations to send samples of all stamps they put into service to the international Bureau in Switzerland.

Two known specimens of famous error Woodblock stamp designs exist. These rare valuable stamps are 4 Penny stamp printed in vermillion, and the 1 penny stamp printed in blue.
16.) Inverted Swan stamp (1855) ...

Specimen - (i) A single copy of a postage stamp or other philatelic item. (ii) More properly, a postage stamp overprinted 'specimen' and issued by the postal authority as an example of a new issue.

The Post Office introduced Specimen sets for sale to collectors in December 1913. The sets, comprising all values from ½d to £2, were sold for 10s.

Stamps are sold by dealers in mixtures, packets, sets, and in single specimens.

STAMPS FOR POSTAGE PURPOSES have changed hardly at all since the first specimen appeared in May of 1840.

A pristine specimen can be irretrievably damaged by even the most careful handling, ruining a beautiful item and lowering its value. Additionally, even the most delicate touch risks bending your stamp or damaging the perforations.

Surcharge qui démonétise le timbre, effectuée pour diffuser une émission dans un but publicitaire ou d'échantillon. La surcharge Speciment est l'équivalent de Muster (allemand), de Muestra (espagnol) et de Saggio (italien).

- If you collect unused stamps, try to get stamps in mint conditions, that means with the full
original gum without a hinge or a trace of one. As for the older unused stamps, you have to
look for specimens with just one hinge, ...

Some proofs were made in other colours, to demonstrate what those colours would look like. These are called Trial Colour proofs. Many of the proofs, of all colours, were overprinted with the word 'specimen', displayed horizontally, vertically, ...

Sometimes stamps with many faults will be classified as "Spacefillers" or "Select" grade. They are collectable stamps in order to fill spaces until a better specimen can be obtained, ...

Badly torn and mis-handled stamps are not only unpleasant to the eye, but they are worth next to nothing when compared to their undamaged counterparts. Try to acquire the finest possible specimens. Stamps are rated in condition from poor to superb.

See also: See also: Stamp, Used, Cover, Philatelic, Trans

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