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ACSC Australasian Commonwealth Specialist Catalogue (Brusden White)
ASC Australasian Stamp Catalogue
BPA British Philatelic Assoc. Expertising Ltd. Certificate
B/S Back stamped
Cat. Catalogue
CDS Circular Date Stamp
CTO Cancelled to Order
CERT. Certificate of Genuineness followed by the year of issue
Cond. Condition
CPS Counter Printed Stamp
CV Catalogue Value
ENG Engraved
ENV Envelope/Cover
EXC Excellent
FDC First Day Cover
FDI First Day of Issue
F/U Fine Used
FV Face Value ($)
GU Good Used (i.e. less than fine)
H/S Hand stamp
INCL Including
INV Inverted
M/S Miniature or souvenir sheet
MUH Mint Unhinged
MLH Mint Lightly Hinged
MNG Mint No Gum
MVLH Mint Very Lightly Hinged
O/C Off Centre
OG Original Gum
OVPT Overprinted
PD Postage Due
PMK Postmark
PPC Picture Postcard
PSE Pre-stamped Envelope
PTSA Priced To Sell At
REGD Registered
S/A Self Adhesive (also known as Peel & Stick)
SG Stanley Gibbons Catalogue (£)
SS Seven Seas - an Australian made Pictorial album
STC Stated to catalogue
UNUSED Mint without gum
VAR Variety or flaw
VF Very Fine
WMK Watermark

Grading and terminology used in this catalogue for coins & banknotes

Proof: Proof coins are struck using specially hardened dies & highly polished blanks. The result is great clarity & depth of detail. Modern proofs contrast a brilliant mirror background against delicately frosted detail.
Prooflike: Often a non-official mint strike, or medallic in nature.
Brilliant Uncirculated (B/Unc) or choice Unc: Uncirculated, but with higher than normal sheen.
Extremely Fine (EF): Coins shows only traces of wear to high points of the design & only light surface marks from circulating. Otherwise the design is clear and sharp & the coin will have much lustre. Notes are clean & crisp with only the slightest signs of creases and folds.
Very Fine (VF): Lustre has gone and there will be flatness on the design of a coin. Other traces of wear may also be evident. Banknotes of this grade will show distinct signs of handling though the paper will still be reasonably crisp.
Fine (F): The effects of handling will be quite evident from the amount of flatness to the design of a coin. Notes will have clear signs of soiling & heavy creasing, possibly also some tearing.
Very Good (VG): Most details of a coin's design will be all but gone, but the basic design and date are still visible. Notes of this grade are near the end of their life & are of little value unless they are very scarce or rare.
choice: An exceptional example of the given grade.
good (g): Use of the prefix good (e.g. gVF) indicates that the item is slightly better than the grade stated.
about (a): Use of this prefix (e.g. aEF) indicates that the item is almost at the grading designated.