Glossary - abbreviations and terminology

Abbreviations   Definitions
A:   Album or Year Album
A.A.M.C./Eustis   Australian Air Mail Catalogue (Nelson Eustis) current edition
AAT:   Australian Antarctic Territory
ACSC or B/W   Brusden White Aust.C'Wealth Specialist Catalogue
AP   Australia Post
ASBA   Australian Booklet Specialist Album
A.S.C.:   Australian Stamp Catalogue (Seven Seas Stamps) Current Colour Edition
ATM   Automatic Teller Machine
BAT:   British Antarctic Territory
BCOF:   British Commonwealth Occupation Force(Japan)
BIOT:   British Indian Ocean Territory
Bklt/B   Booklet
b/s   back stamp
B/S:   Button Set
C:   Cover
Cat.   Catalogue Value
C of A   Commonwealth of Australia
CC:   Collector Card
c.d.s.:   circular date stamp cancellation
CN:   Collection
Commem:   Commemorative or Special Issue sets
CP:   Campbell Paterson - New Zealand Catalogue
CPS   Counter Printed Stamps ( Face Value Printed on Stamps at P.O. Counter
CTO:   cancelled to order (Generally from PO " specimen" packs)
Defin:   Definitive or Regular long term issue stamp sets
Env.   Envelope
F.D.C.   First Day Cover
FDI:   First Day of Issue
F.V. or FV:   Face Value
GRI   Georgus Rex Imperator
GU:   good used
GU/FU /VFU:   Good Used, Fine Used or Very Fine Used
HB:   Heritage Book
H & G   Higgins & Gage (Postal Stationery Catalogue)
h/s:   Handstamped or Handstamp
Imp.   Imprint
Imperf   Imperforate
IPM   Imperforate Margin
KEVII:   King Edward VII
KGV:   King George V
KGVI:   King George VI
LC   Lettercard
Marg.   Marginal (Copy of Stamp Adjacent to Selvedge of Sheet)
Mi:   Michel German Catalogue
Mi or Michel:   Michel (German) Catalogue. Current edition and prices in D.Marks
MLH: (*)   Mint Lightly Hinged
M/S:   Miniature Sheets/ Souvenir Sheets
MUH: (**)
  Mint Unhinged - Unmounted Mint, Mint Never Hinged
N.W.P.I.   North West Pacific Islands
(O)   Good Used, Fine Used or Very Fine Used
O/C:   Appreciably Off-Centre - Usually in two Directions
Opt.:   Overprinted
OS   Official Service - Official Use
O/W:   otherwise
(P)   Photographed
P:   Portfolio
PC:   Postcard
Perf   Perforation
P.O.   Post Office
POA   Price on Application
POP   Post Office Pack
PPM   Part Perforated Through Margin
PSE   Pre-Stamped Envelope
PTM   Perforated Through Margin
QE II:   Queen Elizabeth II
QV:   Queen Victoria
R/C:   Reasonably Centred
S   Specimen
SC:   Souvenir Cover
SC or Scott:   Scott Catalogue number current edition and price in $US
SCDAA:   Stamp & Coin Dealers Association of Australasia
Selv.   Selvedge -
SG:   Stanley Gibbons catalogue number - usually "Part 1"Br. Commonwealth in £Stg
Shtlt:   Sheetlet
S/S:   Seven Seas
STC   Stated to have a catalogue value of...............
Superb   Perfect !!! No faults !!!
U:   Used
Unadd:   Unaddressed
Unc.:   Uncirculated
Unused:   Mint or Uncancelled without Gum - (Generally on earlier issues Pre-1900)
VF or V.F.:   Very Fine: Refers to overall condition, not just postmark
VST:   Victoria Stamp Traders
W/C:   Well-Centred
WCS:   Wesley Cover Service
Wmk   Watermark
Zum:   Zumstein Catalogue