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Scott C13, plate number 20079
 

2019

Preliminary stamp program for 2019. 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 50¢ briefly for early 2019, but rose to 55¢ on January 27, 2019. The postcard rate remained unchanged at 35¢. However, the charge for extra ounces decreased from 21¢ to 15¢, so a 2 ounce letter went from 71¢ to 70¢, and a 3 ounce letter dropped from 92¢ to 85¢. The value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps was now 70¢ and 85¢, respectively. The global airmail rate, which is not subject to the same regulations as domestic postal rates, remained unchanged at $1.15.

Priority mail went from $7.20 to $7.90 for the small Flat Rate box; $13.65 to $14.35 for the medium Flat Rate box; and $18.90 to $19.95 for the large Flat Rate box. USPS issued new stamps for the small and large rates, as in past years. There was also a special APO/FPO large Flat Rate box, which went from $17.40 to $18.45 (retaining the same $1.50 discount from the non-APO/FPO rate.

Other priority mail rates: an increase from $6.70 to $7.35 for the regular Flat Rate envelope (and for which a stamp was issued); from $7.00 to $7.65 for the large Flat Rate envelope; and $7.25 to $8.00 for the padded Flat Rate envelope.

Priority Mail Express rates: $25.50 for a Flat Rate envelope (and for which a stamp was issued); $25.70 for legal sized Flat Rate envelope; and $26.20 for padded Flat Rate envelope.

Coil stamps have plate numbers at the bottom center of single stamps and appear in the coil 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, Pane Position Diagrams (PPD), ZIP code, math aids and other markings have appeared on the back of most regular issues for several years.

Here is the 2019 stamp program.

Regular issues and Commemoratives

    

1¢ Tiffany Lamp pane of 20, 2008 date (Scott 3749A): S11111 and S22222

The design is identical to the original 2008 panes of 20.

2¢ Lemons, coil of 3000 (Scott 5256): B11111 every 28

The design is identical to the original 2018 coil of 10,000. The only difference is in the back numbers: 4 digits for 2019 3k coil; 5 digits for the 2018 original 10k coil.

3¢ Strawberries coil of 3000 (Scott 5201): P1111 every 27 stamps

The design is identical to the original 2017 coil of 10,000. The only difference is in the back numbers: 4 digits for 2019 3k coil; 5 digits for the 2017 original 10k coil.

5¢ Grapes, coil of 3000 (Scott 5038): P111111 every 27

The design is identical to the original 2016 coil of 10,000. The only difference is in the back numbers: 4 digits for 2019 3k coil; 5 digits for the 2016 original 10k coil.

10¢ Pears, coil of 3000 (Scott 5039): B111111 every 27

The design is identical to the original 2016 coil of 10,000. The only difference is in the back numbers: 4 digits for 2019 3k coil; 5 digits for the 2016 original 10k coil.

(F) Heart Blossom (Love) (Scott 5339): B11111

(F) Year of the Boar (Scott 5340): no plate numbers

(F) Uncle Sam's Hat coil of 100 (Scott 5341): B1111111 every 31 stamps

(F) Flag coil of 100, block tagged, die cut 9.5 (Scott 5342): P1111 every 31 stamps

(F) Flag coil of 100, overall tagged, die cut 11 (Scott 5343): B1111 every 31 stamps

(F) Flag booklet of 20, microprinting UL of flag (Scott 5344): P1111

(F) Flag booklet of 20, microprinting right of 6th red stripe (Scott 5345): B1111

(70¢) California Dogface (butterfly) machineable surcharge rate (Scott 5346): B111111

$7.35 Joshua Tree priority mail (Scott 5347): P1111 in UL & LR

$25.50 Bethesda Fountain Express mail (Scott 5348): P1111 in UL & LR

(F) Gregory Hines (Scott 5349): P1111 in LL & LR

    

Two purple/yellow centers (Scott 5355), Single purple/pale center (Scott 5357)
from (F) Cactus Flowers booklet of 20 (Scott 5359b): B11111

(F) Alabama statehood (Scott 5360): B11111

(F) Star Ribbon pane (Scott 5361): B111

(F) Star Ribbon coil (Scott 5362), coils of 3000 and 10,000: B111 every 27 stamps

    

Elkhorn Coral & Angelfish (Scott 5363), and Brain Coral and Moray Eel (Scott 5364)
from (F) 35¢ Coral Reefs pane of 20 (Scott 5363-66; block/strip of 4 Scott 5366a): P111111

Scott 5369, Elkhorn Coral & Angelfish, from (F) 35¢ Coral Reefs coil of 100 (Scott 5367-70; strip of 5 Scott 5370a): P111111 every 32 stamps

(F) Marvin Gaye (Scott 5371): no plate numbers

    

Deming, NM mural (Scott 5376), and Rockville, MD mural (Scott 5374)
from (F) Post Office Murals, pane of 10 (Scott 5372-76): P111111 in LL & LR

(F) Maureen "Little Mo" Connolly Brinker (Scott 5377): B1111 in LL & LR

    

"Jupiter" Locomotive (Scott 5378) and No. 119 Locomotive (Scott 5380) from
(F) Transcontinental Railroad, 3 designs
: B1111 in LL & LR

Clarion River (Scott 5381l), from (F) Wild and Scenic Rivers (Scott 5381): B11111 in LR only

    

Scott 5387, "Blue Green" and Scott 5391 "Gaza" from (F) Ellsworth Kelly pane of 20
10 designs
(Scott 5382-5391; block of 10 Scott 5391a): B11111 in LL & LR

(F) U.S.S. Missouri (Scott 5392): B11111 in UL & UR

(F) George H.W. Bush (Scott 5393): B11111

Elmo (Scott 5394m), from (F) Sesame Street, 16 designs (Scott 5394a-p): P1111 in LL only

    

Scott 5396, Northern Leopard F4og, and Scott 5398, Squirrel Tree Frog,
from (F) Frogs (Scott 5395-5398; booklet of 20, Scott 5398b)
: B1111

    

Moon (Scott 5400) and Astronaut (Scott 5399)
from (F) Moon Landing pane of 24 (Scott 5400a)
: B1111 in LL & LR

    

Watermelons (Scott 5401) and Candy Apples (Scott 5404)
from (F) State and County Fairs (Scott 5404a): P1111 in LL & LR

    

German Shepherd (Scott 5405) and Labrador Retriever (Scott 5406)
from (F) Military Working Dogs booklet of 20 (Scott 5408b): B11111

(F) Woodstock (Scott 5409): B111 in LL & LR

    

Scott 5412 and Scott 5413 from
(F) T. Rex (Scott 5413a)
: B1111 in LL & LR

(F) 85¢ Walt Whitman three-ounce rate (Scott 5414): P11111

    

Winterberry, Scott 5415; and Juniper Berry, Scott 5416
from (F) Winter Berries booklet of 20 (Scott 5418b): P1111

(F) Purple Heart Medal 2019 (Scott 5419): B111111

For additional Purple Heart varieties, see the Spotlight on Purple Heart page

Bats (Scott 5423) from (F) Spooky Silhouettes (Scott 5423a): P111111 in LL & LR

    

Ivy wreath (Scott 5424); and Pine Cone wreath (Scott 5425)
from (F) Holiday Wreaths booklet (Scott 5427b):
B11111

(F) 70¢ two-ounce rate

(F) Madonna Christmas stamp

(F) Hanukkah stamp?

(F) Kwanzaa stamp?

 

Airmail issues

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.

 

Semipostal stamps

(55¢ + 15¢) Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (expected to be assigned Scott B7)

 

Hunting Permit stamps

$25 self-adhesive hunting permit stamp 2019-2020 (Scott RW86): P1111

$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (Scott RW86A): no plate numbers

 

Rumored, possible or postponed: 

Another new semi-postal stamp, subject not announced

(F) Baskets

(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, 2017 or 2018, so it is apparently now postponed again. There are apparently issues with obtaining the rights from the heirs or estates.

(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, 2017 or 2018, and it seems doubtful that it would be issued under the current administration.

Postponed from the announced or rumored 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 programs:

(F) The Beatles (although an individual John Lennon stamp was 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) 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.

 

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This page last updated October 30, 2019.

 

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