The American Plate Number Single Society
All sheet or pane issues have plate numbers in four corners (UL, UR, LL, LR) unless otherwise specified.
Denominations in parentheses are Forever stamps, if first class rate, or nominal rate, if service-inscribed. The first class rate remains 49¢ for 2015, although the airmail and additional ounce rates are still being reviewed and may change later in the year.
Coil stamps have plate numbers at the bottom center or bottom right of single stamps and appear at the interval specified.
Plate numbers and copyright markings for self-adhesive booklet stamps or ATM panes appear on a peelable strip within the pane.
Regular issues and Commemoratives
1¢ Tiffany Lamp pane reprint, 2008 date (Scott 3749A): S22222
For this reprint, the Copyright notice and PPD have been moved to the back, per current practice.
1¢ Bobcat, self-adhesive coil of 10,000 with 2015 date (Scott 4672a): P1111 every 27
(F) War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans (Scott 4952): No plate numbers
$1.00 Waves of Color (Scott 4953): P111 in UL and LR
$2.00 Waves of Color (Scott 4954): P111 in UL and LR
(F) Love Forever Hearts (Scott 4955-56): C11
(F) Year of the Ram (Scott 4957): no plate numbers
(F) Robert Robinson Taylor (Scott 4958): P1111 in LL and LR
(F) Weddings: Vintage Rose (Scott 4959): S11
70¢ Weddings: Vintage Tulip (Scott 4960): S11
Scott 4962, (10¢) Stars and Stripes pre-sort coil from strip of three, Scott 4963a): S111 every 27
The original printing was done by Sennett. In 2017, a reprint by its successor BCA used plate number B111.
(F) Water Lilies booklet (Scott 4964-67; block of four 4967a): S1111
(F) Martin Ramirez (Scott 4968-72; strip of five 4972a): S11111 in LL and LR (Scott 4972)
(F) Ferns coil of 3,000 (SSP), reprint with 2014 date, die cut 11 vertically (Scott 4973-77; strip of five 4977b): S1111 every 25, with the p# appearing on the Goldie's Wood Fern stamp, Scott 4975
The first 2014 printing has plate number C1111, appearing on the Autumn Fern stamp.
(F) Ferns coil of 10,000 (SSP), reprint with 2015 date, die cut 10.85 vertically (Scott 4973a-77a, strip of five 4977c): S1111 (blue/red/yellow/black) every 25, with the p# appearing on the Goldie's Wood Fern stamp, Scott 4975a
(F) From Me to You (Scott 4978): P11111 in UR
(F) Maya Angelou (Scott 4979): S111111 in LR
(F) Civil War, 1865 (Scott 4980-81): No plate numbers
(F) Gift of Friendship / Japanese cherry trees (Scott 4982-85): No plate numbers
(F) Special Olympics (Scott 4986): S111111 in LL and LR
(F) Help Find Missing Children (Scott 4987): P11111 in LL and LR
(F) Vietnam War Medal of Honor (Navy with 2015 date, Scott 4822b; Army with 2015 date, Scott 4823b; Air Force with 2015 date, Scott 4988; strip of 3 designs, Scott 4988a): S111111 in LL (Army) and LR (Air Force)
The assignment of minor catalogue numbers to Scott 4822 Navy Medal of Honor (2013 date) and 4822a (2014 date) and now 4822b (2015 date), and corresponding changes to Scott 4823 Army Medal of Honor, have caused some renumbering of strips and other minor numbers for 4822 and 4823. The Air Force Medal of Honor is a new design and thus receives a new major catalogue number.
(22¢) Emperor Penguins, additional ounce rate, die cut 10-3/4 (Scott 4989): S1111
(22¢) Emperor Penguins, additional ounce rate, coil of 100, die cut 11 vert. (Scott 4990): S1111 every 31
(35¢) Coastal Birds, postal card rate, die cut 11-1/4 x 11 (Red knot, Scott 4991; King eider, Scott 4992; Spoonbill, Scott 4993; Frigatebird, Scott 4994; block or vertical strip of 4, Scott 4994b): S1111
(35¢) Coastal Birds, postal card rate, coil of 100, die cut 9-1/2 vert. (Spoonbill, Scott 4995; Frigatebird, Scott 4996; Red knot, Scott 4997; King eider, Scott 4998; strip of 4, Scott 4998a): P1111 appearing on Red knot
(71¢) Eastern Tiger Swallowtail butterfly, non-machineable rate (happens to equal the 2-ounce rate currently) (Scott 4999): P11111
(71¢) Wedding Cake, 2-ounce rate (Scott 5000): S111111 in two corners, probably LL and LR
(71¢) Yes I Do, 2-ounce wedding stamp (Scott 5001): P11111
(71¢) Vintage Tulip, 2-ounce rate (Scott 5002): S11
(93¢) Flannery O'Connor, 3-ounce rate (Scott 5003; no die cuts 5003a): P111111
(F) Summer Harvest booklet (Scott 5004-07): P1111
(F) U.S. Coast Guard (Scott 5008; no die cut 5008a): S1111
(F) Elvis (Scott 5009): No plate numbers
(F) NYC2016 Stamp Expo (Scott 5010-5011; no die cut 5011b): P11 in LL and LR
(F) Ingrid Bergman (Scott 5012; no die cut 5012a): S1111 in UL and LL
(25¢) Spectrum Eagles coil, 2015 reprint, die cut 10-1/4V (Scott 5013-5018, strip of six 5018a): P1111, every 27, appearing on the red violet stamp (Scott 5016)
The plate number interval of 27 with six designs / colors is accomplished by repeating the Red - Orange - Green stamps before restarting the sequence of six again (Red - Orange - Green - Dark Green - Blue - Violet).
(F) Neon Celebrate, 2015 reprint (Scott 5019): S1111
(F) Paul Newman (Scott 5020): S1111 in LL and LR
(F) Charlie Brown Christmas, booklet of 20, ten designs (Scott 5021-5030): S1111
(F) Geometric Snowflakes, booklet of 20, four designs (Scott 5031-5034): S11111
(F) Purple Heart reprint with 2014 date, offset printing (Scott 5035): S111111.
Although the global airmail stamps of the last few years are intended to meet an airmail rate, they are valid for all types of mailings and there is no indication in the stamps' designs that they are primarily for airmail purposes. Therefore Scott assigns a regular catalog number rather than one with the traditional C prefix.
Hunting Permit stamps
$25 hunting permit stamp 2015-2016 (Scott RW82): P11111
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (Scott RW82A): no plate numbers
Rumored, possible or postponed:
(F) York (Lewis and Clark Expedition)
(F) Christmas Carols
(F) Christmas Contemporary
(F) Madonna and Child by Bachiacca
(F) James Brown, if they can ovecome copyright issues and other disagreements with Brown's estate and heirs
(F) Five Fishes
($1.20) Global Holiday
(F) Johnny Carson
(F) Steve Jobs
(F) Latino Baseball
(F) Solar awareness
(F) Distinguished Airmen
(F) Science Fiction Writers (five designs) which was postponed from the previously announced 2013 program, originally rumored for July 2014, but did not happen in 2015 so apparently now postponed again.
(F) Just Move! issue announced for 2013 but initially delayed to 2014, 2015 or later. Some redesign may be required as three of the originally planned stamps depicted activities considered unsafe by some organizations. In late 2014 it was announced that these stamps had not been destroyed but were still in storage, and that a new issue was likely in 2015 with different designs.
Postponed from the announced or rumored 2014 program:
(F) The Beatles
(F) Against the Odds: Memorial Day
(F) Piñatas (multiple designs)
(F) Dora the Explorer (multiple designs)
(F) Stop Bullying
(F) Hanna-Barbera cartoon characters (multiple designs)
(F) Sesame Street characters (multiple designs)
(F) Skin Health
(F) Cars (multiple designs)
(F) Elizabeth Taylor
(F) Graphic Design (pane of 12 designs)
(F) Eid (issued in 2016)
No "historical" extra-ounce stamp is planned for 2015. Previous rate changes saw the 20¢ Washington coil and sheet stamp, and the 21¢ Lincoln coil and sheet stamp. USPS has announced there will not be a 22¢ equivalent featuring Jefferson, Franklin or a similar histoical figure.
USPS has stated that there will be no more denominated airmail stamps. Scott Publishing has indicated that the new global airmail stamps will be considered regular definitive stamps, not as airmail issues.
As of 2013, Official stamps have been "officially" discontinued. Government agencies will use up existing stock, then continue the conversion to forever stamps, meters and other postage payment methods.
The plate number information appearing on this page has been contributed by APNSS members Jim Ragsdale, Jim Cochrane and Rick Burdsall.
A complete listing and valuation of plate numbers, positions and other marginal markings will appear in the next edition of the Hebert's Catalog of Plate Number Singles.
This page last updated October 15, 2017.
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