Should You Be Concerned with a Stamp's Cancellation?

A stamp’s cancellation refers to a used stamp that may have been marked by the post office. This mark means that the stamp cannot be reused. Cancellation marks can have a significant impact on a stamp’s value. Read on for more information about stamps and cancellation marks.

If a stamp has a dark cancellation mark, or the design is completely covered by the mark, then it will likely receive a low value. Stamps are graded and valued by their appearance, so a cancellation mark will mar the appearance. However, many collectors will still place high values on stamps with a light mark. Speak with a knowledgeable and reputable stamp collector to determine how the cancellation mark may affect a stamp’s value.

The stamp and coin specialists of Coins of the Realm can help provide the right grade and a great value for all types of collectable stamps. Please call us at (301) 340-1640 to learn more about our valuation methods of stamps in Rockville, MD.

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