Condition Categories for King George V Stamps and Postage Dues
Mint (gum)/Used (cancellations) conditions
Unmounted Mint /Never hinged Mint
The stamp will never have been hinged and will have 100% original own gum.
Lightly Mounted Mint
The stamp has been hinged. The hinge has been removed leaving most of the original gum.
The stamp has been hinged. The hinge has been totally or mainly removed leaving at least around half of the original gum.
Heavily Mounted Mint
The stamp has been hinged. The hinge has been removed removing most of the original gum or heavy hinge remnants remain.
Very Fine Used
Cancels will be light and neat circular date stamps generally over one corner of the stamp taking up one quarter or less of the design. These may include cancelled to order (CTO) items with own gum
The cancellation will not detract from the stamp design and will be a light (i.e. not heavy inked) clean circular postmark.
Heavier circular date stamps which may obscure some of the design or machine cancels or indistinct or very faint postmarks
Multiple heavy circular date stamps or machine cancels obscuring some or all of the design.
Centering of the design will be perfectly centred with even opposite margins. This grade is rarely found in the KGV era.
A very fine stamp will be well centred, have ample margins, though these may not necessarily be perfectly even. Early Australian stamps are particularly difficult to find with such centering so expect to pay a premium for such stamps in the KGV era.
The design of the stamp may be reasonably centred, with adequate margins and the design will be clear of the perforations. This is the grade used to values stamp in most catalogues for the KGV era.
With good stamps the design will be off-centre. The design may touch the perforations, but will not generally cut into the design in Heads or Kangaroos but there may be some overlap in postage dues.
Poor stamps will be noticeably off-centre and the perforations may cut into the design.
The perforations will be full (that is there will be no short perforations). The colour will be original and the stamp will otherwise be unmarked and undamaged.
The perforations will be complete though not necessarily 100% full (i.e. may have 1 or 2 shortish – but not missing - perforations). The stamp may have light ‘gum bends’ but not creases. The colour will be unfaded and the stamp will have no tears, thins or other damage. This is the grade used to values stamp in most catalogues for the KGV era.
There may be several short or very ‘fluffy’ perforations. The colour will be good. May have heavier ‘gum bends’ or light creasing or minor faults as described but will have no tears, thins or other major damage.
The stamp will have one or more faults e.g. missing perforations, heavy creasing, missing corners, thins or tears. These will be described.