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1978-1981 15-Cent Commemorative issues

Including rate change stamps and other regular issues from the same 15 period.

 

1978 issues

Scott 1735, (15) "A" Eagle, plate number 35768. Image courtesy of Steve O.

Scott 1735 var, (15) "A" Eagle, misperfed in both directions, captured plate number 35768

Scott 1735 var, (15¢) misperfed horizontally, plate number 35769

Scott 1735 var, (15¢) misperfed horizontally, plate number 35769

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1735 var, (15¢) misperfed low horizontally, plate number 35768

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1735 var, (15¢) "A" Eagle, misperfed due to foldover, plate number 35768

Scott 1735b, (15¢) "A" Eagle, imperforate horizontally error, plate number 35769

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1735c, (15¢) "A" Eagle, perf 11.2, plate number 35770

Scott 1735c var, (15¢) "A" Eagle, solvent smear, plate number 35768

Scott 1743, (15¢) "A" Eagle coil, plate number 35840

Scott 1756, 15 George M. Cohan, tan plate number 38412

       

Scott 1756 var, misperfed horizontally, plate numbers 38416 (black), 38412 (tan), 38585 (engraved black)

Images 2 and 3 courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1756 var, misperfed verically, tan plate number 38406

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1756 var, misperfed due to foldover, tan plate number 38412

Scott 1756 var, misperfed vertically at right, also misperfed due to foldover at left, black plate number 38584

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1758, 15 Photography, yellow plate number 38522

Scott 1758 var, misperfed due to foldover, yellow plate number 38522

Scott 1758 var, misperfed horizontally, blue plate number 38524

Scott 1759, 15 Viking missions to Mars, plate number 38717

Scott 1759 var, 15¢ Viking mission to Mars, misperfed due to foldover, plate number 38743

              

Scott 1760, 1761, 1762, 1763 plate number singles from 15¢ Owls block of 4 (Scott 1763a)

Scott 1760 var, 15¢ Great Gray Owl, black (engraved) color shift, captured plate number 38798

Scott 1761 var, 15¢ Saw-Whet Owl, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38800

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1761 var, 15¢ Saw-Whet Owl, misperfed vertically, caputred plate number 38794

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1762 var, 15 Barred Owl, black (engraved) color shift, plate number 38800

Scott 1762 var, 15¢ Barred Owl, black (engraved) color shift, plate number 38806

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1763 var, 15¢ Great Horned Owl, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38792

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

    

    

Scott 1764 Giant Sequoia, 1765 White Pine, 1766 White Oak, 1767 Gray Birch
from 15¢ American Trees (Scott 1767a), yellow plate number 38808

   

Scott 1764 var, misperfed horizontally, plate numbers 38811 (lavender), 38813 (black)

Images courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1764 var, misperfed horizontally, miscut horizontally, black plate number 38813

Image courtesy of eBay / CK Stamps

Scott 1765 var, 15¢ White Pine, misperfed horizontally, red plate number 38810

   

Scott 1766 var, 15¢ White Oak, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38810 (magenta), 38808 (yellow)

Images courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1766 var, 15¢ White Oak, misperfed horizontally, also miscut due to paper fold, yellow plate number 38808

Image courtesy of eBay / CK Stamps

Scott 1767 var, misperfed horizontally, light blue plate number 38811

Scott 1767 var, misperfed due to foldover, yellow plate number 38808

Scott 1768, 15 Christmas 1978, Madonna, yellow plate number 38737

Scott 1768 var, probably fake local precancel, black plate number 38735

Clues:
- McIntyre, Georgia had a population under 400 at the time this stamp was issued, 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 1768 var, misperfed horizontally, yellow plate number 38731

Scott 1768a, imperforate error, yellow plate number 38731

Scott 1769, 15 Christmas 1978, Hobby Horse, yellow plate number 38668

Scott 1769a, imperforate error, black plate number 38673

1979 issues

Scott 1770, 15 Robert F. Kennedy, plate number 38919

Scott 1770 var, 15¢ RFK, reverse printing under gum, plate number 38918

Scott 1770 var, 15¢ RFK, misperfed horizontally, plate number 38918

Scott 1770 var, 15¢ RFK, misperfed vertically, plate number 38917

Image courtesy of eBay / stuffpreserve

Scott 1770 var, 15¢ RFK, misperfed due to foldover, plate number 38926

Scott 1771, 15 Martin Luther King, Jr., yellow plate number 38820

Scott 1772, 15 International Year of the Child, plate number 38977

Scott 1772 var, 15¢ Year of the Child, misperfed, plate number 38981

Scott 1773, 15 John Steinbeck, plate number 38942

Scott 1774, 15 Albert Einstein, plate number 38968

              

Scott 1775 Coffeepot, 1776 Tea Caddy, 1777 Sugar Bowl and 1778 Teapot
from Pennsylvania Toleware Folk Art (Scott 1778a), yellow plate number 38997

Scott 1775 var, misperfed vertically to right, yellow plate number 38997

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1776 var, misperfed vertically to right, magenta plate number 38998

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1778 var, misperfed horizontally, captured magenta plate number 38998

Scott 1778b, 15 Teapot error, imperforate horizontally, black plate number 39001

    

    

Scott 1779 Jefferson Memorial, 1780 Baltimore Cathedral, 1781 Boston State House, 1782 Philadelphia Exchange
from 15¢ Architecture block of 4 (Scott 1782a)

Scott 1780 var, misperfed vertically, captured plate number 39039

Image courtesy of eBay / stuffpreserve

              

Scott 1783, 1784, 1785, 1786 from 15¢ Endangered Flora (Scott 1786a), matched set of gray plate number 39049

              

Scott 1785 var, 1785 var, 1785 var and 1786 var, imperforate error from Scott 1786b

First two images courtesy of Stuart Katz

         

Scott 1787, 15 Seeing Eye Dogs, illustrating some of the additional marginal markings that can appear with bottom plate number 38987: vertical and diagonal bar; empty colored box; diagonal bar. Some plate numbers have up to 8 different possible marginal markings in addition to the plate number, including filled color boxes, a multi-colored plus sign, tiny color squares, holes, dashes, arrows, "crow's feet" and more. For interested specialists, the Hebert's Catalogue of Plate Number Singles lists these different collectible types.

Scott 1787a, 15 Seeing Eye Dogs, imperforate error, magenta plate number 38987

Scott 1788, 15 Special Olympics, yellow plate number 39096

Scott 1789, 15 John Paul Jones, perf. 11 x 11, red plate number A0006

Scott 1789 var, 15 John Paul Jones, misperfed horizontally, captured red plate number A0001

Scott 1789 var, 15 John Paul Jones, perf. 11 x 11 but imperf at top, light blue plate number A0009

Scott 1789 var, imperf error, red plate number A0001

Scott 1789c, 15 John Paul Jones, imperf horizontally error, red plate number A0006

Scott 1789d, 15 John Paul Jones, imperf between horizontally error, red plate number A0006

Scott 1789A, 15 John Paul Jones, perf. 11 x 12, black plate number A0010

Scott 1789B, 15¢ John Paul Jones, perf. 12, black plate number A0005

Scott 1790, 10 1980 Summer Olympics, light blue plate number 39111

    

    

Scott 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794, from 15¢ 1980 Summer Olympics (Scott 1794a)

Scott 1792 var, imperforate error, from imperforate block of 4 (Scott 1794b), black plate number 39094

Scott 1794 var, imperforate error, from imperforate block of 4 (Scott 1794b), yellow plate number 39089

    

    

Speed Skating (Scott 1795); Downhill Skiing (Scott 1796); Ski Jump (Scott 1797); and Ice Hockey (Scott 1798)
from 15¢ 1980 Winter Olympics block of 4 (Scott 1798a), "L" perf 11-1/4 x 10-1/2, gray plate number 39204

    

    

Speed Skating (Scott 1795A); Downshill Skiing (Scott 1796A); Ski Jumper (Scott 1797A); and Ice Hockey (Scott 1798A)
from 15¢ 1980 Winter Olympics block of 4 (Scott 1798c), bulls-eye perf 11

Scott 1799, 15 David Madonna, Christmas 1980, tan plate number 38944

Scott 1799 var, possibly fake local precancel, yellow plate number 38951

Clues:
- Somerville, Ohio had a population of under 300 in 1970, and has since been dissolved. It has 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 1799a, 15 Madonna, Christmas 1980, imperforate error, tan plate number 38950

Scott 1800, 15 Gingerbread Santa, Christmas 1980, yellow plate number 38880

Scott 1800 var, 15¢ Santa, misperfed vertically to right, yellow plate number 38886

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1800 var, misperfed vertically to left, captured yellow plate number 38886

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1800a, 15¢ Santa, yellow and green omitted error, brown plate number 38888

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

1980 issues

Scott 1801, 15 Will Rogers, magenta plate number 39080

Scott 1801a, imperforate error, dark blue plate number 39085

Scott 1802, 15 Vietnam Veterans, yellow plate number 39150

Scott 1802 var, tan streaked from incomplete plate wiping, yellow plate number 39150

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1803, 15 W. C. Fields, yellow plate number 39219

Scott 1804, 15 Benjamin Banneker, brown yellow plate number A0017

Scott 1804 var, misperfed vertically, brown yellow plate number A0011

Scott 1804 var, imperforate error, brown yellow plate number A0011

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1804a, imperforate vertically error, brown yellow plate number A0011

Image courtesy of Daniel F. Kelleher Auctions

Scott 1805, 15¢ Letters Preserve Memories, yellow plate number 39231

Scott 1805 var, misperfed dur to paper fold, yellow plate number 39231

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1810, 15 Write Soon from Letter Writing issue (Scott 1810a), yellow plate number 39231

Scott 1821, 15 Frances Perkins, plate number 39270

Scott 1821 var, over-inked, plate number 39273

Scott 1822, 15 Dolley Madison, plate number 39297

Scott 1823, 15 Emily Bissell, plate number 39280

Scott 1823 var, misperfed horizontally to top, captured plate number 39280

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1823 var, misperfed horizontally to bottom, captured plate number 39286

Image courtesy of eBay / CK Stamps

Scott 1823 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 39280

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1823a, imperforate horizontally error, plate number 39285

Scott 1824, 15 Helen Keller and Anne Sullivan, plate number 39313

Scott 1824 var, black and purple shifted down, plate number 39348

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1824 var, red ink smear, plate number 39352

Image courtesy of eBay / plateblocketc

Scott 1825, 15 Veterans Administration, red plate number A0025

Scott 1825, misperfed horizontally, captured red plate number A0025

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1825a, imperforate vertically error, red plate number A0025

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1826, 15 Vernardo de Galvez, plate number 39381

Scott 1826 var, all colors except dark blue shifted right, plate number 39368

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1826 var, 15 Bernardo de Galvez, two-color ink smear, plate number 39364

Scott 1826 var, 15¢ Bernardo de Galvez, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 39382

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1826 var, 15¢ Bernardo de Galvez, miscut due to paper fold, plate number 39368

Image courtesy of eBay / stuffpreserve

Scott 1826b, light blue, brown, red (engraved) and yellow (lith.) omitted error, plate number 39359

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation

     

     

Brain Coral (Scott 1827); Elkhorn Coral (Scott 1828); Chalice Coral (Scott 1829); and Finger Coral (Scott 1830)
from 15¢ Coral block of 4 (Scott 1830a), gray plate number 39385

                 

Scott 1827var, 1828 var, 1829 var, 1830 var, imperforate error, from Scott 1830b

Scott 1828 var image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation
Scott 1829 var, 1830 var image courtesy of Gary Posner

Scott 1831, 15 Organized Labor, yellow plate number 39405

Scott 1831a, imperforate error, blue plate number 39410

Scott 1832, 15 Edith Wharton, plate number 39396

Scott 1833, 15 Learning, orange plate number A0030

    Scott 1833 var, misperfed horizontally, captured orange plate number A0030, orange plate number A0027

Images courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1833a, imperforate vertically error, orange plate number A0030

Image courtesy of Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries, Inc.

     

     

Heiltsuk mask (Scott 1834); Chilkat Tlingit mask (Scott 1835); Tlingit mask (Scott 1836); and Bella Coola mask (Scott 1837)
from 15¢ Indian Art issue (Scott 1837a), yellow plate number 39265

     

     

Smithsonian (Scott 1838); Trinity Church (Scott 1839); Penn Academy (Scott 1840); and Lyndhurst (Scott 1841)
from 15 American Architecture block of 4 (Scott 1841a)

Scott 1838 var, 15¢ Smithsonian, misperfed horizontally (and almost "red omitted error"), captured plate number 39421

Scott 1839 var, 15¢ Trinity Church, misperfed vertically, plate number 39430

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1839 var, 15¢ Trinity Church, red omitted error (from Scott 1841b), misperfed vertically, plate number 39430

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1841 var, misperfed horizontally and vertically, plate number 39430

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1842, 15 Stained Glass, Christmas 1980, tan plate number 39327

Scott 1842a, imperforate error, tan plate number 39327

Scott 1843, 15 Wreath, Christmas 1980, red plate number 39318

Scott 1843a, imperforate error, black plate number 39325

Scott 1843b, buff omitted error, black plate number 39326

1981 issues

Scott 1874, 15 Everett Dirksen, plate number 4

Scott 1874 var, misperfed vertically to left, plate number 4

Scott 1874 var, misperfed vertically to right, plate number 2

Scott 1875, 15 Whitney Moore Young, plate number 111111

 

Related links:

13¢ Commemoratives

Prominent Americans series

Americana series

18¢ Commemoratives

Great Americans series

Transportation Coils

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This page last updated May 8, 2021.