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1975-1978 13-Cent Commemorative issues

Including regular issues from the same 13 period.

 

Scott 1622, 13 Flag Over Independence Hall, plate number 36777

Scott 1622 var, 13¢ Flag, local precancel, plate number 36796

No Bureau precancels are known.

Scott 1622 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 36777

Scott 1622 var, ink smear, plate number 36176

Scott 1622a, 13 Flag Over Independence Hall error, horizontal pair, imperforate vertically, plate number 36149

Scott 1622C, 13 Flag Over Independence Hall, plate number 39913

This was the only plate number used to print Scott 1622C.

Scott 1622C var, local precancel, plate number 39913

1976 issues

       

Young Drummer (Scott 1629), Old Drummer (Scott 1630), and Fifer (Scott 1631)
from 13 Spirit of '76 strip of 3, Scott 1631a, plate numbers 36946-7-8

       

Scott 1629 var, 1630 var and 1631 var, all with yellow shifted left and dark gray shifted right
from Scott 1631a var strip of 3, plate numbers 36946-7-8

Images courtesy of Bill Langs

       

Scott 1629 var, 1630 var and 1631 var, imperforate error (one of only 4 found)
from Scott 1631b imperf strip of 3, plate numbers 36949-7-8

Scott 1632, 13 Interphil, plate number 36960

Scott 1632 var, dark blue (engraved) shifted right, plate number 36980

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1632 var, misperfed horizontally, tagging ghost of dark blue and engraved red, right, plate number 36975

Scott 1632 var, misperfed vertically, plate number 37141

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1632 var, misperfed horizontally, partial plate number 36980

Scott 1632 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 36982

Scott 1632 var, misperfed, also miscut, plate number 36958

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1633, 13¢ Delaware from State Flags (Scott 1682a), yellow plate number 36782

Scott 1637, 13¢ Connecticut (Scott 1682a), yellow plate number 36782

Scott 1638, 13¢ Massachusetts (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36783

Scott 1642, 13¢ Virginia (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36783

Scott 1647, 13¢ Kentucky (Scott 1682a), blue plate number 36784

Scott 1648, 13¢ Tennessee (Scott 1682a), red plate number 37244

Scott 1652, 13¢ Mississippi (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36791

Scott 1653, 13¢ Illinois (Scott 1682a), dark blue plate number 36792

Scott 1657, 13¢ Arkansas (Scott 1682a), black plate number 36787

Scott 1658, 13¢ Michigan (Scott 1682a), black plate number 36787

Scott 1662, 13¢ Wisconsin (Scott 1682a), black plate number 36787

Scott 1662 var, yellow frame shifted down, blue plate number 36786

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1663, 13¢ California (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36791

Scott 1667, 13¢ West Virginia (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36791

Scott 1667 var, yellow shield design shifted down, red plate number 37244

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1668, 13¢ Nevada (Scott 1682a), light blue plate number 36784

Scott 1672, 13¢ South Dakota (Scott 1682a), light blue plate number 36790

Scott 1672 var, yellow frame shifted down, light blue plate number 36784

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1673, 13¢ Montana (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36783

Scott 1677, 13¢ Utah (Scott 1682a), red plate number 36783

Scott 1677 var, yellow frame shifted down, red plate number 36783

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1678, 13¢ Oklahoma (Scott 1682a), yellow plate number 36782

Scott 1682, 13¢ Hawaii from State Flags pane (Scott 1682a), yellow plate number 36788

Scott 1682 var, yellow plate number shifted down not affecting the design, plate number 36782

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1683, 13 Telephone, plate number 37280

Scott 1683 var, 13 Telephone, over-inked, pair with plate number 37283

Scott 1683 var, misperfed high horizontally, plate number 37283

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1683 var, misperfed low horizontally, misperfed vertically, captured plate number 37293

Scott 1683 var, probably fake local precancel, plate number 37283

Clues:
- Local precancels were generally only authorized for definitive size stamps
- The population of Skidmore, Texas was only 925 people in the 2010 census. There are no major businesses and no legitimate need for precancels
- The quality appears to be more typical of a rubber handstamp applied manually to a single stamp, rather than of an overprint-type mat with high quality ink applied in a grid to a block of stamps by a professional printer
- No example is known on cover. The precancellation appears to have been applied some time after any possible contemporary usage
- The stamp was offered along with a number of other identical suspicious local precancels on stamps spanning a quarter century

Scott 1684, 13 Commercial Aviation, plate number 36993

Scott 1685, 13 Chemistry, plate number 36972

Scott 1690, 13 Founding of Postal System, plate number 37353

Scott 1690 var, light blue and brown shifted down, plate number 37357

Scott 1690 var, light blue shifted up, plate number 37365

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1690 var, dark blue shifted up, plate number 37357

Image couresy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1690 var, large section of orange map omitted due to object on paper, plate number 37395

Image couresy of Bill Langs

Scott 1690 var, dark blue ink smear, plate number 37357

Image couresy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1690 var, miscut due to paper fold, plate number 37364

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1690a, light blue omitted error, plate number 37353

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

           

Scott 1691 through 1694, from 13 Signing of the Declaration of Independence, strip of 4 (Scott 1691a)

Scott 1691 var, 13¢ from Signing of Declaration, blue (engraved) shifted left, plate number 37484

Scott 1694 var, blue (engraved) color shift, misperfed vertically, plate number 37483

           

13 Diver (Scott 1695), Skier (Scott 1696), Runner (Scott 1697), Skater (Scott 1698)
from 1976 Olympics block of 4 (Scott 1698a), plate number 37435

          

Scott 1695 var and 1698 var, yellow plate number 37438; and Scott 1696 var and 1697 var, blue plate number 37431
photographically cropped from imperforate error blocks of four (Scott 1698b)

Scott 1699, 13 Clara Maass, yellow plate number 37267

Scott 1699 var, misperfed horizontally, captured black plate number 37266

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1699 var, misperfed vertically, blue plate number 37271

Scott 1699 var, misperfed vertically, black plate number 37266

Image coiurtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1699 var, misperfed vertically due to paper fold, yellow plate number 37261

Scott 1699 var, misperfed vertically and horizontally due to paper fold, yellow plate number 37267

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1699 var, imperf vertically error, black plate number 37270

Image courtesy of Rosenberg Philatelics

Scott 1700, 13 Adolph S. Ochs, plate number 37598

Scott 1700 var, gray and black design shift, plate number 37592

Scott 1700 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 37598

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1700 var, misperfed horizontally and vertically, plate number 37597

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1700 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 37598

Scott 1701, 13 Nativity, red plate number 37508

Scott 1701 var, engraved magenta shifted down with 1 of "13¢" overlapping S of "Christmas," plate number 37493

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1701 var, misperfed horizontally, magenta plate number 37493

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1701a, 13¢ Nativity, imperf error, magenta plate number 37499

Scott 1702, 13 Currier and Ives, black plate number 37474

Scott 1702a, 13 Currier and Ives, imperforate error, black plate number 37479

Scott 1703, 13 Currier and Ives, light blue plate number 37636

Scott 1703a, 13¢ Currier and Ives, imperforate error, magenta plate number 37635

1977 issues

Scott 1704, 13 Washington at Princeton, yellow plate number 37642

Scott 1704 var, misperfed horizontally in double rows, yellow plate number 37647

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1704 var, misperfed due to paper fold, yellow plate number 37642

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1704a, 13 Washington at Princeton, imperforate vertically error
photographically cropped from one of only two known plate blocks of 12

Scott 1705, 13 Sound Recording, plate number 37858

Scott 1705 var, gold shifted up, plate number 37862

Scott 1705 var, gold shifted down, plate number 37860

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1705 var, brown and purple shifted left, plate number 37865

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1705 var, brown partially missing due to paper fold, plate number (37)859

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1705 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 37860

              

Scott 1706, 13 Zia pottery; Scott 1707, San Ildefonso pottery; Scott 1708, Hopi pottery; Scott 1709, Acuña Pottery
from 13¢ Pueblo Art block of 4
(Scott 1709a)

Scott 1706 var, misperfed due to paper fold, yellow plate number 37775

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1707 var, misperfed due to paper fold, magenta plate number 37776

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

              

Scott 1706 var, 13¢ Zia pottery; Scott 1707 var, San Ildefonso pottery; Scott 1708 var, Hopi pottery; Scott 1709 var, Acuña Pottery
from 13¢ Pueblo Art misperfed to right vertically strip of 4
(Scott 1709a var)

Images courtesy of Stuart Katz

              

Scott 1706 var, 13¢ Zia pottery; Scott 1707 var, San Ildefonso pottery; Scott 1708 var, Hopi pottery; Scott 1709 var, Acuña Pottery
from 13¢ Pueblo Art misperfed to left vertically strip of 4
(Scott 1709a var)

Images courtesy of Stuart Katz

              

Scott 1706 var, 13¢ Zia pottery; Scott 1707 var, San Ildefonso pottery; Scott 1708 var, Hopi pottery; Scott 1709 var, Acuña Pottery
from 13¢ Pueblo Art imperforate vertically error strip of 4
(Scott 1709b)

Scott 1710, 13¢ Lindbergh, black plate number 37942

Scott 1710a, 13 Lindbergh, imperforate error, black plate number 37936

Scott 1711, 13 Colorado statehood, lilac plate number 37956

Scott 1711 var, misperfed vertically, lilac plate number 37956

Scott 1711 var, misperfed horizontally, lilac plate number 37956

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1711 var, misperfed due to paper fold, lilac plate number 37962

Image courtesy of Steven Katz

Scott 1711c, 13 Colorado statehood, "bulls-eye" L-perf, lilac plate number 37956

Scott 1711b, 13¢ Colorado inperforate vertically error, lilac plate number 37956

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

    

    

Scott 1712 Swallowtail, Scott 1713 Checkerspot, Scott 1714 Dogface, Scott 1715 Orange-Tip
from 13¢ Butterfiles (Scott 1715a)

   

Scott 1713 var and Scott 1715 var, misperfed horizontally, plate numbers 37837 and 37836

Images courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1716, 13 Lafayette, plate number 37923

Scott 1716 var, misperfed horizontally (high), plate number 37954

Scott 1716 var, misperfed horizontally (very high), plate number 37945

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1716 var, misperfed horizontally (low), plate number 37945

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1716 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 37916

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1716 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 37954

Scott 1716 var, misperfed horizontally and partially printed on gum due to paper fold, plate number 37952

Scott 1716 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 37953

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1716a, red omitted error, produced by misperfing such that all red appears on the stamp below, captured plate number 37954

    

    

Seamstress (Scott 1717), Blacksmith (Scott 1718), Wheelwright (Scott 1719) and Leatherworker (Scott 1720)
from 13¢ Skilled Hands for Independence block of 4 (Scott 1720a)

Scott 1719 var, misperfed due to paper fold, yellow plate number 37818

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1721, 13 Canadian Friendship, plate number 38052

Scott 1722, 13 Battle of Oriskany, magenta plate number 37683

Scott 1722 var, local precancel, black plate number 37691

Scott 1722 var, misperfed horizontally, light blue plate number 37684

    

Scott 1723, 13 Energy Conservation, gray plate number 38098; and Scott 1724, Energy Development, yellow plate number 38096

Scott 1723 var, misperfed horizontally, orange plate number 38095

Scott 1724 var, probably fake local precancel, yellow plate number 38088

Clues:
- Local precancels were generally only authorized for definitive size stamps
- Joiner, Arkansas has an estimated population of 500, and no major businesses or legitimate need for precancels
- The quality appears to be more typical of a rubber handstamp applied manually, and rather carelessly, to a single stamp, rather than of an overprint-type mat with high quality ink applied in a grid to a block of stamps by a professional printer
- No example is known on cover. The precancellations appear to have been applied long after any possible contemporary usage
- The stamp was offered along with a number of other identical suspicious local precancels on stamps spanning a quarter century

Scott 1724 var, misperfed horizontally, yellow plate number 38094

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1725, 13 Alta California, plate number 38218

Scott 1725 var, black color shift, captured plate number 38209

Scott 1725 var, orange and green shift, plate number 38210

Scott 1726, 13 Articles of Confederation, plate number 37926

Image courtesy of Steve O.

Scott 1726 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 37922

Scott 1726a, tagging omitted error, plate number 37915

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1727, 13 Talking Pictures, plate number 37991

Scott 1727 var, misperfed vertically, plate number 38034

Scott 1727 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 37996

Scott 1727 var, gold and black shifted right, plate number 37997

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1727 var, gold and black shifted down, captured plate number 37991

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1728, 13 Battle of Saratoga, yellow plate number 38138

Scott 1728 var, misperfed horizontally, yellow plate number 38138

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1728 var, misperfed due to paper fold, yellow plate number 38133

Scott 1729, 13¢ Christmas 1977, Washington at Valley Forge, dark gray plate number 38125

Scott 1729 var, local precancel, light blue plate number 37900

Scott 1729 var, ink wiping error, blue plate number 38123

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1729 var, blue under-inked, black ink skips, blue plate number 38123

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1729a, Washington at Valley Forge imperforate error, light blue plate number 37894

Scott 1730, 13 Christmas 1977, Mailbox, red plate number 38155

Scott 1730, local precancel, black plate number 38159

Scott 1730 var, red shifted left, red plate number 38155

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

1978 issues

Scott 1731, 13 Carl Sandburg, plate number 38334

Scott 1731var, misperfed vertically, captured plate number 38336

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1731var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 383??

Scott 1731var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38317

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1732, 13 Captain James Cook, plate number 38379

Scott 1732 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38391

Scott 1733, 13 Cook's Discovery of Hawaii, plate number 38379

Scott 1733 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38391

While the U.S. had issued numerous stamps with multiple designs starting with the 1964 Christmas issue, this was the first time that stamps in vertical and horizontal orientation appeared together in the same pane.

Scott 1734, 13 Indian Head Cent, plate number 38353

Scott 1734 var, misperfed vertically to left, plate number 38353

Scott 1734 var, misperfed vertically to right, plate number 38353

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1734 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38376

Scott 1734 var, misperfed vertically and horizontally, captured plate number 38376

Scott 1734 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38358

Scott 1734 var, ink spattered and flaked, unknown cause, plate number 38357

USPS experimented with the "tiny stamp" format here, with the CAPEX souvenir sheet, and with the 15¢ Dolly Madison stamp. It was unpopular with the public and with stamp designers, and has rarely been used since.

Scott 1744, 13 Harriet Tubman, plate number 38300

Scott 1744 var, 13 Harriet Tubman, yellow omitted error, plate number 38302

Scott 1744 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38304

    

    

Scott 1745, Orange flowered quilt; Scott 1746, Red quilt; Scott 1747, Striped quilt; Scott 1748, Plaid quilt
from 13¢ Quilting (Scott 1748a)

USPS printed these stamps with the denominations facing in different directions. "Top" can be determined by referencing the plate number position for each design.

Scott 1745 var, misperfed horizontally, gray plate number 38318

Scott 1746 var, local precancel, gray plate number 38318

Scott 1746 var, misperfed horizontally, yellow plate number 38320

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1747 var, misperfed due to paper fold, gray plate number 38318

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1748 var, local precancel, yellow plate number 38319

Scott 1748 var, misperfed horizontally, red plate number 38321

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

    

    

Scott 1749, Ballet; Scott 1750, Theater; Scott 1751, Folk Dancing; Scott 1752, Modern Dance
from 13¢ American Dance (Scott 1752a)

Scott 1749 var, misperfed vertically, plate number 38446

Scott 1749 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38444

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1750, local precancel, plate number 38454

Scott 1750, misperfed vertically, plate number 38447

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1751 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38443

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1752 var, misperfed vertically, plate number 38454

Scott 1752 var, misperfed vertically, plate number 38448

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1753, 13 French Alliance, plate number 38513

Scott 1753 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38511

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1754, 13 George Papanicolaou, plate number 38240

Scott 1755, 13 Jimmie Rodgers, plate number 38475

Scott 1757a, Cardinal; and Scott 1757d, Bluejay
from 13¢ CIPEX souvenir sheet

Scott 1757e, Moose; and Scott 1757h, Raccoon
from 13¢ CIPEX souvenir sheet

This CIPEX souvenir sheet was the first U.S. stamp initially issued in another country - the first day ceremony was at the Canadian International Philatelic Exhibition in Toronto, Ontario.

Scott 1757a var, red, yellow and brown omitted, from CIPEX Souvenir sheet (Scott 1757 var), plate number 38621

Scott 1757a var, imperforate vertically, from CIPEX Souvenir sheet (Scott 1757j), plate number 38621

Scott 1757a var, misperfed, from CIPEX Souvenir sheet (Scott 1757m), plate number 38620

Scott 1757e var, misperfed, plate number 38615

Scott 1757e var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 38627

Scott 1757h var, misperfed vertically, plate number 38638

Scott 1757h var, misperfed vertically and horizontally, captured plate number 38615

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

 

Scott 1757 was the last 13¢ commemorative issued before the rate hike to 15¢. However, 13¢ recurred as the post card rate during the 20¢ rate period. Plate number single examples of the 13¢ Christmas Puppies (Scott 2025) and 13¢ Summer Olympics stamps (Scott 2048-2051) appear with the 20¢ commemoratives.

Related links:

10¢ Commemoratives

The Americana series

15¢ Commemoratives

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This page last updated May 28, 2021.