>> Sure, but he never said it's Hinged or Never Hinged!
> 'He' might not know.
Well, he has a stamps' shop and although he says he's based in Switzerland,
my stamps come from...Turkey!
(I'm a returning customer...).
So if he doesn't know but he's a dealer, well....that sounds no good to
>> He just answered "Mint no gum"!
> For that to be true, the item would have to have been issued without gum,
> as Alyn now says it was, and unused.
Yes, now I know, thanks Alyn if you are reading this;-)
>> AFAIK there are some S/S that are issued with no gum from the factory!
>> So how can I understand if this S/S was issued with no gum or lost its
>> some time later?...
>> His answer seems to me evasive...
> Perhaps, or perhaps he is ignorant, or is not completely fluent in
You are probably right, his english is quite poor, his first answer was
"...hallo mr the blok is no muni best regards ****...."!
And his next answer was "...hallo mr the blok is not gumi best regards..."!
What should I understand of this?!
>> So...how do I understand the state of the S/S based on his answer?!
>> To me, his answer is not clear (maybe intentionally...).
> I checked what Scott says on the general issue. Except for certain types
> of items, they have two columns of values for 'unused' and 'used' items.
> Note that they do *not* use 'mint'. From US Specialized, Understanding the
> Listings p.12A, 2001:
> "Unused values refer to items that have not seen postal ... duty... . For
> pre-1890 issues, unused stamps must have at least most of their original
> gum; for later issues, complete gum is expected. Stamps issued without gum
> are noted." It is also noted within sections the date at which 'complete
> gum' means 'unhinged' (and, by implication, without other disturbance).
> Also interesting, in recognition of the difficultly of removing used
> self-adhesives from underlying paper: "Scott values for used self-adhesive
> stamps are for examples either on piece or off piece."
Anyway, I hope I'll have it in my hands next week so I'll let you know if it
was MH or MNH or whatever:-)
Thanks for the insight on Scott and glossary Terry!
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