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: P111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, coil of 100, BCA: B111 every 31 stamps
(F) U.S. Flag, booklet of 20, Ashton-Potter: P111
(F) U.S. Flag, booklet of 20, BCA: B111
(F) Bioluminescent Life, 10 designs (Scott 5263-5272): no plate numbers
(F) Illinois Statehood (Scott 5273): B1111111
(F) Mister Rogers: P111111 in two corners
(F) STEM Education, 4 designs
(F) Sally Ride
(F) Flag Act of 1818
(F) Frozen Treats, 10 designs
(F) O Beautiful, pane of 20 stamps
(F) World War I
(F) Dragons, 4 designs
(F) Birds in Winter, booklet of 20, 4 designs
(F) John Lennon: no plate numbers
(F) Art of Magic, 5 designs
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¢), later (50¢ + 10¢) Alzheimers (Scott B6)
Hunting Permit stamps
$25 hunting permit stamp 2018-2019 (Scott RW85):
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (Scott RW85A): no plate numbers
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
(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 31, 2018.
Opinions expressed by authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the APNSS, its officers or members.