The American Plate Number Single Society
Preliminary stamp program for 2017. Details from all USPS announcements are tentative and subject to change.
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 47¢ briefly for early 2017, then rises to the previous rate of 49¢ starting on January 22, 2017. Other rates are unchanged: the postcard rate remains at 34¢ and the additional ounce rate is still 21¢. The value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps is 70¢ and 91¢, respectively. The global airmail rate remains $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
2¢ Washington offset, perf 11 (Scott 528B): Eric Chaulsett reported the discovery copy of plate number 12397, a used bottom PNS
$1.00 Candleholder precancel, Americana series (Scott 1610 var): 40310
(10¢) Stars and Stripes coil (Scott 4963a): B111 on reprints, due to name change of printer from Sennett to BCA
(F) Year of the Rooster (Scott 5154): no plate numbers
(F) Love Skywriting (Scott 5155): B1
$6.65 Lili'uokalani Gardens, priority mail, pane of 4 (Scott 5156): P1111 in UL & LR
$23.75 Gateway Arch, express mail, pane of 4 (Scott 5157): P1111 in UL & LR
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100 (Scott 5158): B1111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100 (Scott 5159): P1111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, booklet of 20, BCA (Scott 5160, booklet of 20 5160b, booklet of 10 5160a): B1111
(F) U.S. Flag, booklet of 20, Ashton-Potter (Scott 5161, booklet of 20 5161b, booklet of 10 5161a): P1111
(F) U.S. Flag, ATM pane of 18 (Scott 5162): P1111
According to a correction in the Postal Bulletin, the ATM format is not being provided to post offices. It will apparently only be available through ATM machines and through Stamp Fulfillment Services in Kansas City.
The total initial print run for the six announced formats of 2017 Flag stamps is 7.6 billion.
(34¢) Seashells (postcard rate), pane of 20 (Scott 5163-66): P111111
(34¢) Seashells (postcard rate), coil of 100 (Scott 5167-70): P111111 every 32 stamps
(F) Dorothy Height (Scott 5171): P1111
(5¢) USA Star coil, non-profit rate, coils of 3000 and 10,000 (Scott 5172): P111 every 27 stamps
(F) Oscar de la Renta, 11 designs: conflicting pre-release info: either P1111, or no plate numbers
(21¢) Uncle Sam hats pane of 20 (additional ounce rate): B1111111
(F) John F. Kennedy: B11 at UL and LL
5¢ Grapes pane of 20: P111111
10¢ Pears pane of 20: B111111
(F) Nebraska Statehood: P1111
(F) Mississippi Statehood: P1111
(70¢) Robert Panara (two-ounce rate): P1111 in two corners
(70¢) Corsage (two-ounce rate)
(F) Have a Ball!
(F) Henry David Thoreau
(F) Protect Pollinators, 5 designs
(70¢) California Dogface Butterfly (non-machinable rate)
(F) WPA Posters, 10 designs: P1111
(F) Sharks, 5 designs
(F) Flowers from the Garden, 4 designs, booklet of 20
(F) Sports balls, 8 designs
(F) Museum of African American Culture
(F) Delicioso, 5 designs
(F) Andrew Wyeth, 12 designs: no plate numbers
(F) Father Theodore Hesburgh
(F) "The Snowy Day"
(F) Christmas Carols
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.
(49¢ + 11¢) Breast Cancer Awareness, 2014 date (Scott B5): B111111, due to change of printer from Sennett to BCA
Hunting Permit stamps
$25 hunting permit stamp 2017-2018 (Scott RW84):
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (Scott RW84A): no plate numbers
Rumored, possible or postponed:
(F) York (Lewis and Clark Expedition)
(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
(F) Johnny Carson
(F) Steve Jobs
(F) Latino Baseball
(F) Peanuts comic strip
(F) Solar awareness
(F) Distinguished Airmen
(F) Science Fiction Writers (five designs), which was postponed from the previously announced 2013 program, was originally planned for July 2014, but did not happen then or in 2015 or 2016 so it is 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. That didn't happen, nor did it happen in 2016, so it remains to be seen what might come in 2017.
Postponed from the announced or rumored 2014, 2015 and 2016 programs:
(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)
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 March 27, 2017.
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