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 remained 49¢ for early 2016 but dropped to 47¢ in April. The postcard rate dropped from 35¢ to 34¢. The additional ounce rate remained at 21¢, but the change in the first ounce rate affected the value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps at 68¢ and 89¢. The global airmail rate dropped from $1.20 to $1.15.
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
(F) Quilled Paper Hearts (Scott 5036): S11111 at UR and LL for first printing, B11111 at UR and LL for reprint
A second printing was done in the same plant, featuring identical designs, colors, paper, die cuts and tagging. Since the reprint was after the name change from Sennett to Banknote Corporation of America (BCA), the reprint features a new plate number.
(F) Quilled Paper Hearts, die cutting omitted, from press sheet (Scott 5036a): S11111
An imperf error pane has been reported with plate number B11111. Since die-cutting-omitted press sheets were not issued for this plate number, it is a true error.
1¢ Apples coil (Scott 5037): P111111 every 27 stamps
5¢ Grapes coil (Scott 5038): P111111 every 27 stamps
10¢ Pears coil (Scott 5039): S111111 every 27 stamps
$6.45 La Cueva del Indio, priority mail rate (Scott 5040): P1111 at UL and LR
$22.95 Columbia River Gorge, priority mail express rate (Scott 5041): B1111 at UL and LR
(F) Botanical Art, booklet of 20, ten designs (Scott 5042-5051, block of 10 Scott 5051a, booklet of 20 Scott 5051c): P1111
(F) Botanical Art, booklet of 10, ten designs (Scott 5042-5051, booklet of 10 Scott 5051b): P1111, centered above or below a pair of stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100, die cut 11 vert (Scott 5052): S11111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100, die cut 9-1/2 vert (Scott 5053): P11111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, microprinting under flag (Scott 5054, from booklet of 10 Scott 5054a): S11111
(F) U.S. Flag, microprinting under flag (Scott 5054, from booklet of 20 5054b): S11111
(F) U.S. Flag, microprinting on white stripe, booklet of 20 (Scott 5055): P1111
(F) Richard Allen (Scott 5056): P11111 at LL and LR
This appears to be the last stamp with a plate number for which die-cutting-omitted (imperf) press sheets were intentionally issued (Scott 5056a).
(F) Year of the Monkey (Scott 5057): no plate numbers
($1.15) Moon global airmail (Scott 5058): B111111
(F) Sarah Vaughan (Scott 5059): no plate numbers
(F) Shirley Temple (Scott 5060): P11111 at UL and LL
(5¢) USA Star not-for-profit coil (Scott 5061): P111 every 27 stamps
(F) World Stamp Show souvenir sheets (2 panes of 12 stamps each, Scott 5062 and 5063): no plate numbers
(F) Repeal of the Stamp Act (Scott 5064): no plate numbers
(F) Service Cross Medals (four designs, Scott 5065 - 5068): no plate numbers
(F) Views of our Planets, 8 designs (Scott 5069 - 5076): P11111 at LL (Scott 5073) and LR (Scott 5076)
(F) Pluto Explored souvenir sheet of 4, 2 designs (Scott 5077 - 5078): no plate numbers
(F) Classics Forever World Stamp Expo souvenir sheet of 6 (Scott 5079a - 5079f): no plate numbers
(F) National Parks Centennial (Scott 5080a - 5080p): no plate numbers
(F) Colorful Celebrations booklet of 20, 10 designs (Scott 5081 - 5090): B11111
(F) Indiana Statehood (Scott 5091): P1111
(F) Eid Greetings (Scott 5092): V11111
(F) Soda Fountain Favorites (5 designs, Scott 5093 - 5097): B11111
(25¢) Amish Star Quilts first class pre-sort coil (2 designs, Scott 5098 - 5099): B11111 every 28 stamps
(F) Jaime Escalante (Scott 5100): B111111 at LL and LR
(F) Pickup Trucks booklet of 20 (4 designs, Scott 5101 - 5104): B11111
(89¢) Henry James 3-ounce rate (Scott 5105): B11111
(F) Pets, booklet of 20 different designs (Scott 5106 - 5125): P1111
(F) Songbirds (Scott 5126 - 5129): P1111
(F) Patriotic Spiral coil (Scott 5130): P1111 every 27 stamps
(F) Patriotic Spiral booklet of 10 (Scott 5131): P1111
(F) Star Trek, 4 designs (Scott 5132 - 5135): P11111111 in LL and LR
(68¢) Eastern Blue (Butterfly), non-machinable (Scott 5136): P1111
(F) Jack O'Lanterns booklet, 4 designs (Scott 5137 - 5140): B11111
(F) Kwanzaa (Scott 5141): B1111
(F) Diwali (Scott 5142): P1111
(F) Christmas 2016: Florentine Madonna and Child booklet of 20 (Scott 5143): P11111
(F) Christmas 2016: Nativity booklet of 20 (Scott 5144): P11111
(F) Christmas 2016: Holiday Windows booklet of 20, 4 designs (Scott 5145 - 5148): B1111
(F) Wonder Woman, 4 designs (Scott 5149 - 5152): B1111 at LL and LR
(F) Hanukkah menorah (Scott 5153): B11111
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 2016-2017 (Scott RW83): P1111
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (Scott RW83A): no plate numbers
As of 2013, Official stamps have been "officially" discontinued. Government agencies with stamps used up existing stock, then converted 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 December 26, 2016.
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