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Face: The front of a stamp; the side bearing the design.

Face value: The value of a stamp as inscribed on its face.
 
Fake: A stamp, cover or cancel that has been altered or concocted to appeal to a collector.
 
Fast colors: Inks resistant to fading.
 
Field Post Office: A military postal service operating in the field, either on land or at sea. Frequently abbreviated FPO.
 
First-day cover: A cover bearing a stamp tied by a cancellation showing the date of the official first day of issue of that stamp.
 
Fiscal: A revenue stamp or similar label denoting the payment of tax.
 
Flat plate: A flat metal plate used in a printing press, as opposed to a curved or cylindrical plate.
 
Flaw: A defect in a plate that reproduces as an identifiable variety in the stamp design.
 
Fleet Post Office (FPO): An official United States post office for use by U.S. military naval units abroad. Frequently abbreviated FPO.
 
Forerunner: A stamp or postal stationery item used in a given location prior to the issuing of regular stamps for that location. The term "forerunner"" is also used to describe a stamp issued before another stamp or set, if the earlier issue may have influenced the design or purpose of the later issue."
 
Forgery: A completely fraudulent reproduction of a postage stamp.
 
Frame: The outer portion of a stamp design, often consisting of a line or a group of panels.
 
Frank: An indication on a cover that postage is prepaid, partially prepaid or that the letter is to be carried free of postage.
 
FPO: Field Post Office. A military postal service operating in the field, either on land or at sea. Also Fleet Post Office. An official United States post office for use by U.S. military naval units abroad.
 
FDC: First-day cover. A cover bearing a stamp tied by a cancellation showing the date of the official first day of issue of that stamp.
 
Franking: An indication on a cover that postage is prepaid, partially prepaid or that the letter is to be carried free of postage.

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