What is an imperforate stamp?

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What is an imperforate stamp?

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An imperforate stamp has all the characteristics of a postage stamp except for the perforations, or holes separating the stamps. Stamps can be either semi-imperforate (with some perforations missing), or fully imperforate (with no perforations at all).

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Perforations are the rows of small holes which allow stamps to be separated easily. Not all stamp sheets are issued with perforations between the stamps; stamps which lack perforations are termed “imperforate.” The first postage stamps issued by many countries, including the United Stamps, were imperforate stamps (the stamps were separated with scissors or by tearing along a metal straight edge). Modern imperforate stamps are generally issued with collectors in mind- they are often issued in much smaller numbers than the same design with perforations.

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