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  • n. Perforated initial; a series of small holes punched into a stamp and forming a letter, series of letters or other design for the purpose of preventing the unauthorized use of the stamps.
  • n. A stamp marked with perforated initials.


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  • Short for "perforated initial," the term refers to stamps perforated through the face with identifying initials, designs, or holes in coded positions. Perfins are normally used by business or government offices to discourage pilferage or misuse of stamps by employees. They may be either privately or officially produced.

    August 27, 2008