General Stamp Grading Guide

The following guide is a simplified approach to stamp
grading designed to help you have a better understanding
of how philatelists determine a stamp's value.

 

GROUP A - WELL CENTERED ISSUES

Group A

GROUP A AVERAGE F-VF VERY FINE
PERFORATED STAMPS Perforations touch or barely clear of design on one or two sides. Perforations well clear of design on all sides. Design very well centered within perforations.
IMPERFORATE STAMPS One edge may touch design. All four edges are clear of design. Four edges are well clear of and well centered around design.
COILS AND
BOOKLET PANES
Perforated and imperforate edge may touch design on one or two edges. Perforated and imperforate edges are clear of the design. Design very well centered within perforated and imperf. edges.

 

GROUP B - MEDIAN CENTERED ISSUES

Group B

GROUP A AVERAGE F-VF VERY FINE
PERFORATED STAMPS Perforations touch or barely cut into design on one or two sides. Perforations clear of design on all four sides. Design well centered within perforations.
IMPERFORATE STAMPS One or two edges may touch or barely cut into design. All four edges are clear of design as in "A" Four edges are well clear of and well centered around design as in "A"
COILS AND
BOOKLET PANES
Perforated and imperforate edge may touch or barely cut into design. Perforated and imperforate edges are clear of design as in "A" Design well centered within perforated and imperforated edges.

 

GROUP C - POORLY CENTERED ISSUES

Group C

GROUP A AVERAGE F-VF VERY FINE
PERFORATED STAMPS Perforations may cut into design on one or more sides. Perforations touch or just clear of design on or more sides. Perforations well clear of design on all four sides.
IMPERFORATE STAMPS One or more edges may cut into design. One or more edges touch the design. All four edges clear of the design.
COILS AND
BOOKLET PANES
Perforated and imp. edge may cut into design. Perforated and imperforate edges may touch or just clear design. Perforated & imperforate edges well clear of design on all four sides.

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