Components of Postage Stamp

Design of Postage Stamp - It is the most interesting part of the stamp & most of the people start with stamp collecting based on its design.


  1. Stamp Vignette - It is the central part of the stamp design & determine its theme of collection for topical collectors. Generally, the vignette depicts the picture of famous personalities, animals, places &  other objects.
  2. Stamp Frame or Margin - This is the border surrounding the stamp's main design & also the paper bordering the printed stamps in a sheet.
  3. Stamp Inscriptions - These marks help in postage stamp identification. A postal stamp is inscribed with texts or information regarding its issuing state, district, or country, its face value, name of the design’s artist, and the title of the design.
  4. Stamp Value/ denomination - It is the inscribed value of a stamp. For instance, if you visit the post office for $5's worth of postage you will receive a stamp that has the value $5 printed on it in words or numbers.
  5. Perforation - Holes on all sides of a stamp that allows stamps to be torn easily along the line.
  6. Year of Issue - This is inscribed on any of the sides of the frame.
  7. Watermark - A postal watermark is the transparent lettering on a postage stamp. It can be seen under strong light or when benzene is applied. This watermark also authenticates the stamp. i.e. Single star, Multi-star, Asoka pillar, etc
  8. Adhesive Gum - is the mucilage or sticky substance applied to the back of the postage stamp to make it adhere to the mailed item. 



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