The American Plate Number Single Society
Preliminary stamp program for 2018. 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 remained 49¢ briefly for early 2018, then rose to 50¢ starting on January 21, 2018. The postcard rate also went up a penny, from 34¢ to 35¢. The additional ouce rate is unchanged at 21¢. The value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps is 71¢ and 92¢, respectively. The global airmail rate, which is not subject to the same regulations as domestic postal rates, remains unchanged at $1.15.
Coil stamps have plate numbers at the bottom center 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. Copyright, PPD, ZIP code, math aids and other markings have appeared on the back of most regular issues for several years.
Regular issues and Commemoratives
(F) Year of the Dog (Scott 5254): no plate numbers
(F) Love Flourishes (Scott 5255): B11111
2¢ Meyer Lemon, coils of 10,000 (Scott 5256): B11111 every 28 stamps
$6.70 Byodo-In Temple priority mail (Scott 5257): P1111 in UL and LR
$24.70 Sleeping Bear Dunes express mail (Scott 5258): P1111 in UL and LR
(F) Lena Horne (Scott 5259): B11111 in LL & LR corners
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100, Ashton-Potter (Scott 5260): P111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100, BCA (Scott 5261): B111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, booklet of 20, Ashton-Potter (Scott 5262, from booklet 5262a): P111
(F) U.S. Flag, booklet of 20, BCA (Scott 5263, from booklet 5263a): B111
(F) Bioluminescent Life, 10 designs (Scott 5264-5273): no plate numbers
(F) Illinois Statehood (Scott 5274): B1111111
(F) Mister Rogers (Scott 5275): P111111 in LL and LR
(F) STEM Education (Scott 5276-5279; vertical strip of 4 Scott 5279a): P1111 in LL and LR (with Scott 5279)
(F) Peace Rose booklet of 20 (Scott 5280): P1111
(F) 100th Anniversary of Airl Mail (blue stamp, Scott 5281): P1 in LL and LR
(F) Sally Ride (Scott 5283): P11111 in LL and LR
(F) Flag Act of 1818 (Scott 5284): P1111 in LL and LR
Scott 5287 and 5288 from (F) Frozen Treats, 10 designs (Scott 5285-5294): P1111
$1 Statue of Freedom, pane of 10 (Scott 5295): B111 in UL and LR
$2 Statue of Freedom, pane of 10 (Scott 5296): B111 in UL and LR
$5 Statue of Freedom, pane of 4 (Scott 5297): B111 in UL and LR
Scott 5298q and 5298t from (F) O Beautiful pane of 20 (Scott 5298): P11111 in LL and LR
(F) Scooby Doo (Scott 5299): P11111 in LR and LR
(F) World War I: Turning the Tide (Scott 5300): P1111111 in LL and LR
Dove (Scott 5305) and Bird Cage (Scott 5304) from (F) Art of Magic, 5 designs: B111111111 in LL and LR
(F) Art of Magic: Rabbit in Hat, souvenir sheet of 3 (Scott 5306): no plate numbers
An error pane is known with die cutting omitted.
Blue dragon (Scott 5209) and Green dragon (Scott 5207) from (F) Dragons, 4 designs (Scott 5210a): B1111 in LL and LR
An error pane is known with both misregistered die cuts as well as die cutting omitted.
(F) 100th Anniversary of Air Mail (red stamp) (expected to be assigned Scott 5282): P1 in LL and LR
($1.15) Global airmail, Poinsettia (Scott 5311): B11111
(F) John Lennon (Scott 5312 - 5315): no plate numbers
(F) First Responders (Scot 5316): P1111
Scott 5317 and 5318 from (F) Birds in Winter (booklet of 20 Scott 5320b): B11111
Scott 5326 and 5330 from (F) Hot Wheels (block of 10 designs Scott 5330a): B11111 at LL and LR
(F) Madonna and Child by Bachiacca (Scott 5331): B11111
(F) Kwanzaa (Scott 5332): B1111
(F) Coca-Cola Santas, 4 designs: P11111
(F) Coca-Cola Santa souvenir sheet of 1: no plate numbers?
(F) Hanukkah: B11111 in LL and LR
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. We display images of these stamps at the end of the Modern Airmails web page, but with the non-airmal catalogue number that is assigned to them.
(49¢ + 11¢), later (50¢ + 10¢) Alzheimers (Scott B6): B111111
Hunting Permit stamps
$25 self-adhesive hunting permit stamp 2018-2019 (Scott RW85): P1111
There is no water-activated hunting permit stamp this year. Instead, the self-adhesive version has been issued in the traditional pane of 20.
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (Scott RW85A): no plate numbers
$100 85th Anniversary of Duck Stamps self-adhesive souvenir sheet (expected to be Scott RW85B): P1111 in LR only
The LR position of the regular self-adhesive stamp has a white border, while the LR position of the souvenir sheet has a gray border.
Rumored, possible or postponed:
Another new semi-postal stamp, subject not announced
(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, 2016 or 2017, 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 or 2017, and it seems doubtful that it would be issued under the current administration.
Postponed from the announced or rumored 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017 programs:
(F) The Beatles (individual John Lennon stamp issued in late 2018)
(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 (copyright / licensing issues are apparently holding this up)
(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 October 21, 2018.
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