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1981-1984 20-Cent Commemorative issues

Including rate change stamps and other regular issues from the same 20 period.

Scott 1946, (20) "C" Eagle, plate number 39567

The "C" rate change stamps were printed at a time when the 5-digit plate numbers were still standard. They were then stored in vaults (the famous Kansas City underground caves) until needed for the new rate change. By 1981, the conversion to representative plate numbers was complete.

Scott 1946 var, (20¢) "C" Eagle, misperfed horizontally, plate number 39566

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1894, 20¢ Flag over Supreme Court, perf 11, plate number 4

Scott 1894 var, 20¢ misperfed horizontally, plate number 3

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1894 var, 20¢ with red underinked, plate number 3

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1894 var, 20¢ with blue underinked, plate number 3

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1894 var, 20¢ with black underinked, plate number 2

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1894 var, black ink replacing all colors, plate number 4

Image courtesy of Bill Langs

Scott 1894a, 20¢ imperforate error, plate number 3

Scott 1894d, 20 black omitted error, plate number 3

Scott 1894e, 20¢ Flag Over Supreme Court, bulls-eye perf 11.2, plate number 3

Scott 1895, 20 Flag Over Supreme Court coil, wide block tagging, plate number 1

Plate numbers 1, 2, 3, 5, 11, 13, 14 have wide block tagging.

Scott 1895 var, 20¢ coil, slate gray variety, narrow block tagging, plate number 3

Scott 1895 var, 20 Flag Over Supreme Court coil, misperfed, plate number 3

Scott 1895a, 20 Flag Over Supreme Court coil, narrow block tagging, plate number 6

Plate numbers 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 have wide block tagging.

Scott 1895a var, 20¢ coil, tagging error photographed under UV light to show misplaced narrow block tagging, plate number 4

Scott 1895a var, 20¢ coil, reddish brown instead of black, narrow block tagging, plate number 8

Scott 1895b, 20 Flag Over Supreme Court coil, Bureau precancel, plate number 14

All precancels are untagged and appear on plate 14.

Scott 1895d var, 20 coil with narrow block tagging, imperforate error, strip of 3 with plate number 8

Scott 1895d var, 20 coil with narrow block tagging, imperforate error, miscut horizontally, plate number 8

Scott 1895e, 20 coil with narrow block tagging, partially imperforate error, strip of 4 with plate number 8

Scott 1895h, 20¢ coil, used, with black field of stars instead of blue, plate number 9

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation

Scott 1896, 20¢ small block tagging, from booklet pane of 6 (Scott 1896a), plate number 1

Scott 1896 var, misperfed vertically, from booklet pane of 10 (Scott 1896b var), plate number 1

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1896 var, tagging omitted error, from booklet pane of 10 (Scott 1896c), plate number 1

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation

Scott 1896d, large block agging, from booklet pane of 10 (Scott 1896e), plate number 3

Scott 1939, (20) Christmas 1981, Botticelli Madonna, plate number 222222

Scott 1940, (20) Christmas 1981, Bear on Sleigh, plate number 11111

Scott 1940a, (20) imperforate error, plate number 11111

Scott 1941, 20¢ John Hanson, plate number 11111

Scott 1942 Barrel Cactus and Scott 1945 Saguaro from 20¢ Cactus block of 4 (Scott 1945a)

Scott 1942 var, 20 Barrel Cactus, misregistered dark green, plate number 111111-4

Scott 1942 var, 20¢, misperfed vertically with captured plate number 111111-4

Scott 1942a, 20, dark brown omitted error ("USA 20" etc.), from block of 4 (Scott 1945b), plate number 11111-2

Scott 1942b, 20 Barrel Cactus, dark green and dark blue omitted error (description, cactus needles, etc.), from block of 4 (Scott 1945d), plate number 111111

Scott 1945 var, 20¢ Saguaro, misperfed horizontally and vertically with captured plate number 111111-4

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1949, 20 Bighorn Sheep from booklet pane (Scott 1949a), plate number 24

Scott 1949 var, 20 Bighorn Sheep, misperfed vertically, plate number 9

Scott 1949 var, 20¢ Bighorn Sheep, misperfed horizontally, plate number 16

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1949 var, 20 Bighorn Sheep, misperfed horizontally and miscut, plate number 20

Scott 1949 var, 20 Bighorn Sheep, imperf vertically error, from booklet pane (Scott 1949b), plate number 14

Scott 1950, 20 Franklin D. Roosevelt, plate number 2

Scott 1950 var, misperfed vertically to right, captured plate number 2

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1950 var, misperfed vertically to right, plate number 1

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 1951, 20 Love, plate number 11111

Scott 1951e, 20¢ Love, purple omitted error, plate number 222(2)2

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation.

Scott 1951f, 20¢ Love, tagging omitted error, plate number 11111

Scott 1952, 20 Washington 250th Birthday, plate number 111111

Scott 1952var, 20 with untrimmed selvage from next pane, plate number 111111. The printed vertical line is the guideline for the intended cutting to separate the panes.

Scott 1953, Alabama from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers issue (Scott 2002b), plate number 11111

Scott 1953 var, 20 Alabama, misperfed horizontally, plate number 22222

Scott 1953A, Alabama from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers, bulls-eye perfs, (Scott 2002Ac), plate number 11111

Scott 1953b, Alabama, imperforate error from Scott 2002d, plate number 11111

Scott 1962, 20 Georgia from 50-stamp State Birds and Flowers issue (Scott 2002b), plate number 11111

Scott 1962A, Georgia from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers, bulls-eye perfs, (Scott 2002Ac), plate number 11111

Scott 1962b, Georgia, imperforate error from Scott 2002d, plate number 11111

Scott 1993, South Dakota from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers issue (Scott 2002b), plate number 11111

Scott 1993 var, South Dakota, misperfed horizontally, plate number 22222

Scott 1993A, South Dakota from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers, bulls-eye perfs (Scott 2002Ac), plate number 22222

Scott 2002, Wyoming from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers (Scott 2002b), plate number 11111

Scott 2002 var, 20¢ Wyoming, misperfed, captured plate number 11111

Scott 2002A, Wyoming from 20¢ State Birds and Flowers, bulls-eye perfs (Scott 2002Ac), plate number 22222

Scott 2002e, Wyoming, imperforate error from Scott 2002d, plate number 11111

Scott 2003, 20 Netherlands Treaty, plate number 111

Scott 2003a, 20 Netherlands Treaty, imperforate error, plate number 111

Scott 2004, 20 Library of Congress, plate number 1

Scott 2004 var, misperfed horizontally, plate number 1

Scott 2004 var, red ink smear, plate number 2

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2005, 20 Consumer Education coil, plate number 3

Scott 2005a, 20 Consumer Education coil, imperforate error, photographically cropped from a larger strip, plate number 1

    

     

Scott 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, 20 Knoxville World's Fair block of 4 (Scott 2009a), plate number 111111

Scott 2007 var, 20¢ Synthetic Fuels, local precancel, plate number 111111

Scott 2008 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 111111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2010, 20 Horatio Alger, plate number 3

Scott 2011, 20 Aging, plate number 2

Scott 2011 var, 20¢ Aging, misperfed horizontally, plate number 1

Scott 2011 var, 20¢ Aging, misperfed horizontally, plate number 1

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2011 var, 20¢ Aging, misperfed due to paper folds, plate number 2

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2012, 20 Barrymores, plate number 111111

Scott 2012 var, 20¢ Barrymores, misperfed horizontally, plate number 111111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2012 var, missing dark blue ink ("The Barrymores") at top due to inking problem, plate number 111111

This considered a freak rather than an "error" because the dark blue ink is present elsewhere in the stamp and in the plate number.

Scott 2013, 20 Dr. Mary Walker, plate number 111111

Scott 2014, 20 Peace Garden, plate number 3

Scott 2014 var, 20 misperfed and part imperf, pair with plate number 1221-4

Scott 2014 var, 20¢, described as "yellow omitted" but not listed in Scott, plate number (2)532

Scott 2014 var, 20¢, black (engraved) misprinted, plate number 3

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2014 var, 20, nearly complete reverse offset printed on the gum, plate number 1

Scott 2014a, 20¢, black (engraved) omitted error, plate number 2432

Scott 2015, 20 America's Libraries, plate number 4

Scott 2015 var, 20 Libraries, misperfed horizontally, captured plate number 3

Scott 2015 var, 20¢ Libraries, misperfed horizontally, captured plate number 1

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2015 var, 20 Libraries, misprinted both horizontally and vertically, captured plate number 3

Scott 2015 var, 20¢ Libraries, offset on back under gum, plate number 3

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2016, 20 Jackie Robinson, plate number 11111

Scott 2017, 20 Touro Synagogue, plate number 11111

Scott 2018, 20 Wolf Trap Farm, plate number 11111

Scott 2019, Falling Water, Scott 2020, IIT, Scott 2021, Gropius House and Scott 2022 Dulles Airport from Architecture block of 4 (Scott 2022a)

Scott 2021 var, 20 Architecture from block of 4 (Scott 2022a), misprinted horizontally, plate number 3

Scott 2023, 20 Francis of Assisi, plate number A111111

Scott 2023 var, 20¢ misperfed vertically, captured plate number A111111

Scott 2023 var, 20¢ misperfed horizontally, plate number A111111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2023 var, 20¢ misperfed due to paper fold, plate number A111111

Scott 2024, 20 Ponce de Leon, plate number 11111

Scott 2024a, 20 Ponce de Leon, imperforate error, plate number 11111

Scott 2025, 13 Christmas - Puppy and kitten, plate number 1111

Scott 2026, 20 Christmas, plate number 13131

Scott 2026a, 20 Christmas, imperforate error, plate number 44465

Scott 2026b, 20 Christmas, imperforate vertically error, plate number 11111. Faint impressions of the intended horizontal perforations can barely be seen, but there are no vertical perforations at all. Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation..

Scott 2027 Sledding, Scott 2028 Snowman, Scott 2029 Skating, and Scott 2030 Decorating the Tree, from 20¢ 1982 Christmas block of 4 (Scott 2030a)

Scott 2027 var, Sledding, double impression/tagging shift most visible in the text, plate number 1111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2028 var, Snowman imperforate error, from 1982 Christmas block of 4 (Scott 2030b), plate number 2111

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation.

Scott 2031, 20 Science & Industry, plate number 777

Scott 2031 var, 20¢ Science & Industry, misperfed due to foldover, plate number 777

Image courtesy of Steven Katz

Scott 2031 var, 20¢ Science & Industry, misperfed horizontally, plate number 788

Scott 2031 var, 20¢ Science & Industry, black (engraved) under-inked, transitioning to Scott 2031a black omitted error on the stamps above, plate number 788

Scott 2032 Intrepid and Scott 2035 Explorer II, from 20¢ Balloons block of 4 (Scott 2035a)

Scott 2032 var Intrepid and Scott 2035 var Explorer II, misprinted to top

Image of Scott 2035 var courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2032 var, 20¢ Intrepid, imperforate error, from plate block of 4 Scott 2035b, plate number 22221. Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation.

Scott 2036, 20 USA - Sweden Treaty, plate number 1

Scott 2036 var, Sweden Treaty, misprinted (image too low), plate number 3

Scott 2036 var, Sweden Treaty, misperfed horizontally, plate number 3

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2037, 20 Civilian Conservation Corps, plate number 111111

Scott 2037a, 20 CCC, imperforate error, plate number 111111

Scott 2038, 20 Joseph Priestly, plate number A111111

Scott 2039, 20 Volunteers, plate number 3

Scott 2039a, 20¢ Volunteers, imperforate error, plate number 3

Scott 2040, 20 German Immigration, plate number 4

Scott 2040 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 3

Scott 2041, 20 Brooklyn Bridge, plate number 4

Scott 2041 var, plate number 4 showing "short transfer" at right

Either the ink was not fully applied, or the plate was not fully pressed to the sheet, and the cables at the right section of the bridge do not print completely.

The "short transfer at left" variety does not appear on a plate number single.

Scott 2042, 20 TVA, plate number 1121

Scott 2043, 20 Physical Fitness, plate number 1111

Scott 2044, 20 Scott Joplin, plate number 111111

Scott 2044a, 20¢ Scott Joplin, imperforate error, plate number 111111

Scott 2045, 20 Medal of Honor, plate number 1111

Scott 2045 var, 20¢ with red shifted down, plate number 5

Scott 2045 var, 20¢ with blue and gold shifted down, plate number 1111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2045a, 20 Medal of Freedom error, red (denomination and text) omitted, plate number 1111

Scott 2046, 20 Babe Ruth, plate number 3

Scott 2047, 20 Nathaniel Hawthorne, plate number 1111

    

    

Scott 2048, Discus thrower; Scott 2049, Pole Vaulter, used; Scott 2050, Archer; and Scott 2051, Boxers from 13¢ 1984 Summer Olympics block of 4 (Scott 2051a), plate number 1111

Scott 2049 var, 13¢ Pole Vaulter, local precancel, plate number 1111

Scott 2049 var, 13¢ Pole Vaulter, misperfed horizontally, plate number 1111

Image courtey of Stuart Katz

Scott 2050 var, 13¢ Archer, misperfed horizontally, plate number 1111

Scott 2050 var, misperfed horizontally and vertically, plate number 1111

Scott 2052, 20 Treaty of Paris, plate number 1111

Scott 2052 var, 20¢ Treaty of Paris, misperfed horizontally, plate number 1111

Scott 2052 var, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 1111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2053, 20 Civil Service, plate number 1

Scott 2054, 20 Metropolitan Opera, plate number 3

Scott 2054 var, 20¢ Metropolitan Opera, frame misprinted to right, plate number 2

Scott 2054 var, 20¢ Met, misperfed horizontally and vertically due to paper fold, plate number 2

    

   

Charles Steinmetz (Scott 2055), salmon plate number 8; Edwin Armstrong (Scott 2056), salmon plate number 4
Nikola Tesla (Scott 2057), black plate number 2; andPhilo T. Farnsworth (Scott 2058), black plate number 5
from 20¢ Inventors block of 4 (Scott 2058a)

Scott 2055 var, 20¢ Steinmetz, pre-print paper fold, plate number 9. When unfolded, the selvage area and much of the stamp below it are blank. The paper was folded when printed, then unfolded and gummed, so that the plate number and image now on the back were gummed with the rest of the sheet, then perforated. The stamp is illustrated with the fold reinstated in order to show the plate number.

Scott 2055 var, 20¢ Steinmetz, black omitted error, from Scott 2058b Inventors block of 4, plate number 4

Scott 2056 var, 20¢ Armstrong, black omitted error, from Scott 2058b Inventors block of 4, plate number 4

    

    

New York City Streetcar (Scott 2059);Montgomery Streetcar (Scott 2060); "Bobtail" (Scott 2061); St. Charles Streetcar (Scott 2062)
from 20¢ Streetcars issue (Scott 2062a)

Scott 2059 var, 20¢ New York City Streetcar, black shifted lower (so "Bobcat" label is from stamp above), plate number 1111

Scott 2059 var, black omitted error (engraved denomination and text)
from Scott 2062b Streetcars block of 4, plate number 1111

Scott 2060 var, 20¢ Montgomery Streetcar, black omitted error, from Scott 2062b Streetcars block of 4, plate number 2222

Scott 2061 var, 20¢ "Bobcat" Streetcar, black shifted lower (so New York City label is from stamp above), plate number 3

Scott 2063, 20 Raphael, Christmas 1983, plate number 21222

Scott 2063 var, 20¢ Raphael, misperfed vertically, plate number 11112

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2064, 20 Santa, Christmas 1983, plate number 22322

Scott 2064a, 20¢ Santa, imperforate error, plate number 22322

Scott 2065, 20 Martin Luther, plate number A11111

Scott 2065 var, 20¢ Martin Luther, misperfed horizontally, captured plate number A11111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2066, 20 Alaska Statehood, plate number A11111

Scott 2066 var, 20¢ Alaska Statehood, misperfed vertically, plate number A11111

Scott 2066 var, 20¢ Alaska Statehood, misperfed horizontally, plate number A11111

Scott 2066 var, 20¢ Alaska Statehood, misperfed horizontally, captured plate number A11111

    

    

Scott 2067, Figure Skaters; Scott 2068, Downhill Skier; Scott 2069, Cross Country Skier; and Scott 2070, 20 Hockey Player from 20¢ 1984 Winter Olympics block of 4 (Scott 2070a), plate number 1111

Scott 2071, 20 FDIC, plate number 222221

Scott 2071 var, 20¢ FDIC, misperfed vertically, plate number 122221

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2072, 20 Love, plate number 2

Scott 2072 var, 20 Love, misperfed vertically, plate number 2

Scott 2072a, 20 Love, imperforate vertically error, plate number 11111

Scott 2073, 20 Carter G. Woodson, plate number A111111

Scott 2073 var, 20¢ Carter G. Woodson, misperfed horizontally, plate number A111111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2073 var, 20 Carter G. Woodson, misperfed horizontally, plate number A111111

Scott 2074, 20 Soil and Water Conservation, plate number 122222

Scott 2074 var, 20¢ Soil and Water Conservation, misperfed vertically, plate number 122222

Scott 2075, 20 Credit Unions, plate number 222221

Scott 2075 var, 20¢ Credit Unions, misperfed vertically, plate number 222221

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

    

    

Scott 2076, Wild Pink; Scott 2077, Yellow Lady's Slipper; Scott 2078, Spreading Pagoda; and Scott 2079, Pacific Calypso from 20¢ Orchids block of 4 (Scott 2079a), various plate numbers

Scott 2080, 20 Hawaii statehood, plate number A11111

Scott 2081, 20 National Archives, plate number A122221

Scott 2081 var, 20¢ National Archives, misperfed vertically, plate number A122221

Scott 2082, Diving; Scott 2083 Track & Field; Scott 2084, Wrestling; Scott 2085, Kayaking, from 20¢ 1984 Summer Olympics block of 4 (Scott 2085a), various plate numbers

Scott 2084 var, 20¢ Wrestling, misperfed vertically, plate number 1131

Scott 2085 var, 20¢ Kayaking, misperfed vertically, plate number 1131

Scott 2085 var, imperforate vertically error, from Scott 2085b, plate number 1131

Only two blocks of four are known of this error. This single is photographically cropped from the only known plate block.

Scott 2086, 20 Louisiana World Exposition, plate number 11111

Scott 2086 var, 20¢ Louisiana Exposition, red ink stripe in margin, plate number 11111

Scott 2087, 20 Health Research, plate number A11111

Scott 2088, 20 Douglas Fairbanks, plate number 1111

Scott 2088 var, 20 Douglas Fairbanks, misperfed vertically, plate number 1

Scott 2089, 20 Jim Thorpe, plate number 10

Scott 2089 var, 20¢ Jim Thorpe, miscut horizontally resulting in extremely tall selvage, plate number 12

Scott 2089 var, 20¢ Jim Thorpe, misprinted to right, plate number 4

Scott 2089 var, 20¢ Jim Thorpe, complete offset on reverse, plate number 26

Scott 2090, 20 John McCormack, plate number 11111

Scott 2090 var, 20¢ John McCormack, misperfed vertically, plate number 11111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2091, 20 St. Lawrence Seaway, plate number A1111

Scott 2091 var, 20¢ St. Lawrence Seaway, tagging omitted error, plate number A1111

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation.

Scott 2092, 20 Preserving Wetlands, plate number 19

Scott 2092 var, 20¢ misperfed, captured plate number 25

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2092a, 20¢ imperforate vertically error, plate number 18

Scott 2093, 20 Roanoke Voyages, plate number A11111

Scott 2093 var, 20¢ Roanoke Voyages, misperfed horizontally, captured plate number A11111

Scott 2093 var, 20¢ Roanoke Voyages, misperfed horizontally, plate number A11111

Scott 2094, 20 Herman Melville, plate number 16

Scott 2094 var, 20¢ Herman Melville, misprinted low, captured plate number 15

Scott 2095, 20 Horace Moses, plate number 1

Scott 2096, 20 Smokey the Bear, plate number 11-14-14-14

Scott 2096e, 20¢ Smokey the Bear, tagging omitted error, plate number 5656

Scott 2097, 20 Roberto Clemente, plate number 111111

    

    

Scott 2098, Beagle and Boston Terrier; Scott 2099, Chesapeake Bay Retriever and Cocker Spaniel; Scott 2100, Alaskan Malamute and Collie; and Scott 2101, Coonhound and Foxhound, from 20¢ Purebred Dogs block of 4 (Scott 2101a), various plate numbers

Scott 2098 var, 20¢ Dogs, misperfed vertically, captured plate number 1111

Scott 2099 var, 20¢ Dogs, imperforate horizontally error, from Scott 2101b, plate number 1111

Image courtesy of The Philatelic Foundation.

Scott 2102, 20 Crime Prevention, plate number A1111

Scott 2102 var, 20¢ Crime Prevention, misperfed horizontally, plate number A1111

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2103, 20 Hispanic Americans, plate number 122211

Scott 2103 var, misperfed vertically, captured plate number 122211

Scott 2104, 20 Family Unity, plate number 22

Scott 2104 var, 20¢ Family Unity, misperfed vertically, plate number 22

Scott 2104a, 20¢ Family Unity, imperforate vertically error, plate number 22

Image courtesy of William L. Langs

Scott 2105, 20 Eleanor Roosevelt, plate number 4

Scott 2106, 20 A Nation of Readers, plate number 6

Scott 2107, 20 Fra Filippo Lippi Madonna, Christmas 1984, plate number 22222

Scott 2107 var, 20¢ Fra Filippo Lippi Madonna, misperfed horizontally, plate number 22222

Scott 2107 var, 20¢ Fra Filippo Lippi Madonna, misperfed vertically, plate number 11111

Scott 2107a, 20¢ Fra Filippo Lippi Madonna, imperforate error, plate number 22222

Scott 2108, 20 Crayon Santa, Christmas 1984, plate number 22222

Scott 2108 var, 20¢ Crayon Santa, misperfed vertically, plate number 22222

Scott 2108 var, 20¢ Crayon Santa, misperfed due to folodover, plate number 22222

Image courtesy of Stuart Katz

Scott 2109, 20 Vietnam Veterans Memorial, plate number 3

Scott 2109 var, 20¢, misperfed due to paper fold, plate number 10

 

Related links:

18¢ Commemoratives

The Great Americans series

The Transportation Coils series

22¢ Commemoratives

 

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