The American Plate Number Single Society
Preliminary stamp program for 2020. 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 55¢ for early 2020. The charge for extra ounces remained at 15¢. The value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps remained at 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 remained at $7.90 for the small Flat Rate box; $14.35 for the medium Flat Rate box; and $19.95 for the large Flat Rate box. The special rate for APO/FPO large Flat Rate box remained at $18.45 (retaining the same $1.50 discount from the non-APO/FPO rate.
Other priority mail rates: $7.75 for the regular Flat Rate envelope; from $7.65 for the large Flat Rate envelope; and $8.00 for the padded Flat Rate envelope.
Priority Mail Express rates: $26.35 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 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 2020 stamp program.
A reprint of the BCA Flag coil from 2019 (Scott 5343) was reported in January 2020, with plate number B2222. Scott does not assign a different catalogue number if there are no apparent production differences (tagging, die cutting, design, small date).
(F) Year of the Rat (Scott 5428): B111111 in LL and LR only
$7.75 Big Bend National Park priority mail (Scott 5429): P1111 in UL and LR only
$26.35 Grand Island Ice Caves express mail (Scott 5430): P1111 in UL and LR only
(F) Made of Hearts (Scott 5431): P1111
(F) Gwen Ifill, Black Heritage (Scott 5432): B111111 in LL and LR only
(10¢) Presorted Star, coils of 3000 and 10,000 (Scott 5433): B1111 every 27 stamps
(F) Let's Celebrate (Scott 5434): B11111
(F) Wild Orchids booklet of 20 (10 designs): B1111 at L and R
(F) Wild Orchids coils of 3,000 and 10,000 (10 designs): B1111 every 27 stamps
(F) Arnold Palmer: P1111 in LL and LR only
(F) Maine statehood: P1111
(F) Contemporary Boutonniere: P11111
(70¢) Corsage, two ounce rate: P11111
(F) Earth Day booklet of 20: B1111
($1.20) (?) Global Chrysanthemum, good for 1 ounce globally
(F) American Gardens booklet of 20 (10 designs)
(F) Harlem Renaissance (4 designs)
(F) Great Outdoors (5 designs)
(F) Hip Hop (4 designs)
(F) Fruits and Vegetables booklet of 20 (10 designs): p# at L and R
(F) Thank You booklet of 20 (4 designs): p# at L and R
(F) 19th Amendment
(F) Drug Free USA
(F) Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor
(F) Kwanzaa 2020
(F) Hanukkah 2020
(F) 70¢ two-ounce rate announced but not issued in 2019?
(F) Traditional / 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 2020-2021 (expected to be assigned Scott RW87)
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (expected to be assigned Scott RW87A): 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, 2017, 2018 or 2019, 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, 2018 or 2019, and the idea seems to have been shelved.
Postponed from the announced or rumored 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 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 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 7, 2020.
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