DEFINITIONS

MNH - Mint Never Hinged

LMM - Lightly Mounted Mint

MM - Mounted Mint

HMM - Heavy Mounted Mint

SU - Superb Used (Nice circular date stamps)

VFU - Very Fine Used (Part circular or wavy lines)

FU - Fine Used (Stamp design is not obliterated)

Used - All other used stamps (maybe with faults)

Poor - Not sold by Woolieback Collectables

S/A - Self Adhesive


HOW TO TELL A PHOTO FROM A LITHO STAMP (USUALLY UNDER MICROSCOPE) 

These variations are easy to spot under microscope and in some cases under your own eye.

Stanley Gibbons state:-

Photo - Uneven lines to value and frame formed by edges of screen.

Litho - Clear outlines to value and frame of stamp


WATERMARKS FOR ALL GB STAMPS

WATERMARK IMAGE

WATERMARK

YEARS  ISSUED                         

  Small Crown 1840-1846, 1848-1855
   VR 1854
   Large Crown (I) 1855-1862
   Small Garter 1855
   Medium Garter 1856
   Emblems 1856, 1862, 1864-1866
   Large Garter 1857, 1862-1863, 1865-1868, 1870, 1872-1873, 1876-1877
   1880 Large Crown (II)  1858-1862, 1864-1866, 1868-1879
   Spray of Rose 1867-1878
   Maltese Cross 1867, 1874, 1878 
  Half penny 1870-1871, 1874, 1876-1879
   Small Anchor  1875, 1881, 1883
   Orb 1876-1881, 1883
   Imperial Crown 1880-1883, 1887-1892, 1896-1897, 1900-1912
   Double-lined Anchor 1881
   Single-lined Anchor 1881, 1883
   Large Anchor  (16mm) 1881, 1883
   Large Anchor (18mm) 1881-1885, 1887, 1890, 1902, 1905, 1911-1912
   Large Anchor (20mm) 1883-1885
   Three Crowns 1884-1886, 1891-1892, 1902, 1911
   Three Orbs 1888, 1890
   Simple Cypher  1912-1915, 1917, 1920-1925
   Multiple Cypher 1912-1913
   Single Cypher 1913-1915, 1918-1919, 1926, 1934
   Block Cypher 1924-1926, 1929, 1931-1936
   Large GVR Script 1929, 1934 
   E8R 1936-1937
   GVIR (2 types) 1937-1942, 1946-1952
   Tudor Crown 1952-1955
   St. Edward's Crown 1955-1958
   Multiple Crowns 1958-1968
Stamps without watermark were issued in:  1847-1848, 1850, 1854, 1883, 1967-1968.