What does original gum mean for stamps?

What does original gum mean for stamps?

Original gum (OG): A stamp with its original gum, yet deteriorated by age. No Gum (NG): Stamp’s gum has been washed off. Rarely, stamps are issued with no gum. Regummed (RG): Fresh gum has been applied to the stamp. Poor regumming can be detected by examining the end of the perforations under a microscope.

What is gummed stamp?

In philately, a regummed stamp is any stamp without gum, or without full gum, that has had new gum applied to the back to increase its value.

Why stamps are used in letters?

We put stamps on letters so the post office will post them for us. The money we spend on the stamps help to pay for the post offices and the vans & the post men é women who deliver the letters for us. Different countries put different pictures on their stamps.

What does no gum mean on stamps?

Mint no gum (MNG) – the stamp appears to be unused but has no gum. It might have been used but not cancelled, or have been issued without gum. Unmounted mint (UM) – the stamp is unused and appears never to have been mounted.

How do I re stamp gum?

Simply apply moisture to the stamp or selvedge that has the full original gum. Be careful not to overdo the moisture. One good “lick” is about right as you are simply trying to soften up the gum enough that it will transfer easily to the one where it is missing. Allow it to sit for just a second or two.

What does D stand for on stamps?

‘d’ means pence.

What happens if you send a letter without a stamp?

In case you send a letter without a postage stamp, it will be: returned to you (the sender), or; the receiver will have to pay for the missing stamp.

What happens if I don’t put enough stamps on a letter?

If you send a first-class letter or package without enough postage, the post office will try to deliver the mail with a “Postage Due” notice. If the recipient refuses to pay, it will come back to you with a notice of insufficient postage.

What happens if you post a letter with the wrong stamp?

In most cases, the receiver will pay a fee that equals the price of the stamp, but it can also happen that they need to pay a surcharge for insufficient postage for the unstamped letter. If the receiver refuses to pay, the letter will be returned to you as sender.

What happens if you don’t put enough stamps on a letter?

Are used stamps more valuable than unused?

Mint stamps are often more valuable than used ones as in many cases fewer mint items survive. However, sometimes used stamps may be more expensive than mint ones. For example, if a great number of unused items, even very old ones, are preserved, they lose their value.

How can you tell if a stamp has gum in it?

When stamps are printed, they are printed on a sheet of paper which is then gummed and perforated. This is the clue to expertizing gum. On genuinely gummed stamps the perforations are applied after the stamp has been gummed. On regummed stamps the gum is applied after the perforations have been made.

How to tell if your stamp has the original gum?

Determining whether a stamp has original gum is not an easy matter. So very many stamps are found regummed nowadays. When our firm was first started, only comparatively expensive stamps were regummed. But today, a regummer, armed with his pail and mucilage, can buy hinged stamps, wash off the gum, and regum them.

What causes gum to run on a stamp?

Gum, especially in hot and humid climates tend to sweat or run similar to the adhesive on Scotch tape. This is a natural process, but one that is hastened in its process when a stamp is in a mount.

What kind of gum was used to make postage stamps?

On the first stamps of Great Britain the gum was called cement and was made from a mixture of potato starch, wheat starch and acacia gum. Originally, gumming took place after printing and before perforation, usually because the paper had to be damp for printing to work well, but in modern times most stamp printing is done dry on pre-gummed paper.

Why is gum so sticky and what makes it sticky?

Since polymers are long chains of covalently bonded molecules that give the gum its elasticity and “chewiness,” the attractive forces between the atoms are formed by the sharing of electrons [8]. Thus, the bonds between the repeating units tend to remain intact as they lengthen and contract from an applied external force.