The American Plate Number Single Society
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 from 71¢ to 70¢, and a 3 ounce letter dropped from 92¢ to 85¢. The value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps is now 70¢ and 85¢, respectively. The global airmail rate, which is not subject to the same regulations as domestic postal rates, remains unchanged at $1.15.
Priority mail goes 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 is expected to issue new stamps for the small and large rates, as in past years. There is also a special APO/FPO large Flat Rate box, which goes 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; 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; $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 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.
The 2019 stamp program has not yet been announced but it has been promised by Thanksgiving. Following are standard issues that are expected or are traditional every year.
Regular issues and Commemoratives
(F) Year of the XXX: no plate numbers
(F) Flag-themed rate change stamps in booklet and coil formats
15¢ additional ounce rate
(F) 70¢ two-ounce rate
(F) 85¢ three-ounce rate
Priority mail Express
(F) Alabama statehood
(F) Madonna Christmas stamp
(F) Contemporary Christmas stamp
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.
Hunting Permit stamps
$25 self-adhesive hunting permit stamp 2019-2020 (expected to be assigned Scott RW86)
$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) 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 25, 2018.
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