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Philatelic Products

 

The following Philatelic Products are currently available from Papua New Guinea Philatelic Bureau.

Mint Sets ..................................................................................

These consist of one each of the values of a Stamp Issue in un-postmarked condition.

Used or CTO Set .......................................................................

First of all the acronym CTO means "Cancelled To Order". It is a proper philatelic term while "used" is more popularly used. Hence "CTO Set" or "Used Set". This simply means a set of stamps of an Issue which have been postmarked.

First Day Cover (FDC) .............................................................

This is an envelope (sizes vary from Country to Country) which has a special design on the left hand corner of the envelope covering a space of about 70 t 80mm in from left. The design compliments a particular stamp Issue, eg: Parrots. On the top right hand corner each value of the Stamp Issue is affixed giving a space of 1mm to 1.5mm between each of the stamps. These stamps are then postmarked with an appropriate postmarker designed specifically for the Stamp Issue with an Issue date on it.

Stamp Packs ...........................................................................

Stamp Packs are sometimes called "Souvenir Folders" in other countries.

This is a printed Pack with brief description of a Stamp Issue and one each of the Stamps housed in Hawid Mounts. The pack has multi-coloured design of the Stamp Issue subject at the front panel so that it is consistent with the stamp set and First Day Cover.

Post Marker (Cachet) ............................................................

This is a stamped impression of a Rubber Stamp with Pictorial design of a subject that is on the Stamp Issue. An important aspect of the Postmarker is that it has the Issue Date of the Stamp Issue on it, so when itís postmarked on the First Day Cover, the date is imprinted on the cover. It is also known as CACHET.

Souvenir Sheet .....................................................................

This is usually to commemorate a special occasion or event, for example, an International Stamp Exhibition, Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games or Royal Anniversary etc.

This Souvenir Sheet is usually 105mm x 70mm as the accepted overall size in Post PNG. Within the Souvenir Sheet is a Stamp with Perforation around it. The design within the postage stamp area would depict the occasion, event or subject of importance commemorated. The overall Souvenir Sheet design would compliment the Stamp design by extending the design from postage stamp area or maintain distinct concept but on the same subject. The whole Souvenir Sheet can be affixed to the First Day Cover and postmarked with First Day of Issue Postmarker.

Miniature Sheet ....................................................................

A Miniature Sheet is sometimes interchanged by some Philatelists and collectors with Souvenir Sheet. However, there is a slight difference.

In Souvenir Sheet there is usually one postage stamp within the Souvenir Sheet. However, in Miniature Sheet there are two up to five postage stamps within a Miniature Sheet, i.e: once each of the value in a Stamp Issue.

A Miniature Sheet can also be affixed to a First Day Cover envelope and postmarked with First Day of Issue postmarker.

Imprint Block of Four ..........................................................

This is sometimes called "Corner Block of Four". Imprint Block of Four is usually made up of 4 Stamps of same value from a Sheet kept together with perforations. These 4 stamps are usually torn off from any corners of full sheet together with the selvedge. The selvedge has imprints of colours used, name of Printer and name of artist.

So to complete a set of Corner Blocks you would have 4 stamps each of the values released in a Stamp Issue. Note, though, an Issue which has only a Souvenir Sheet of Miniature Sheet cannot have an Imprint Block of Four.

Special Postmark Cover .....................................................

Special Postmark Cover is usually referred to as SPM Cover. Like Souvenir Sheet SPM Cover is usually produced to commemorate an event, Anniversary etc. The three most significant features in SPM Cover are:

The envelope design or Design of the cover. This design is specific to the subject that is commemorated.

The Postmarker with itís pictorial and details of dates are important.

The postage stamp and itís value that is affix.

Pre-Stamped Envelope ......................................................

Pre-Stamped Envelope is usually shortened to PSE. Basically itís a standard letter envelope with a specific design of a postage stamp and required value (usually for domestic rate) pre printed or imprinted onto the right hand corner of the envelope.

It usually serves the local or domestic requirements, however is also collected as a Philatelic item due to regular change to designs and face values.

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Aerogramme ...................................................................

An Aerogramme is basically a sheet of paper, printed and trimmed to serve as a writing paper (letter) and an envelope when folded. Like PSE above, the postage stamp value is pre-printed. Like First Day Cover (FDC) the front panel of the aerogramme usually has colourful designs of Flora & Fauna or any other event that is commemorated or subject that is national importance.

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Stamp Album ..................................................................

A Stamp Album is usually a high finished properly bound book, containing a set each, Souvenir Sheet, Miniature Sheet or Stamp Issues released in a year. These products are once again kept safely in Hawid Mounts and the mounts are affixed to the relevant album pages.

First Flight Cover ............................................................

This is a specific pictorial envelope affixed with an appropriate postage stamp and postmarked with a pictorial First Flight Cachet and carried on an Inaugural Flight. Eg: Air Niuginiís Flight to Kansai (Osaka Japan) on 19th July 1997.

Se-Tenant Pair ...............................................................

A Se-tenant Pair or Strip is composed of two postage stamps with a complete design or one whole design but separated by a perforation in the middle and have separate face values or same face value.

ANNUAL STAMP PACK ........................................................................
An annual stamp pack is a finished product of all the stamp sets, Sheetlets and souvenir sheets released in a year. These products are once again kept safely in hawid mounts and the mounts are affixed to the relevant annual stamp pack pages.

1982 selling @ K10.00
1996 selling @ K20.00
1997 selling @ K20.00
2000 selling @ K20.00

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