The American Plate Number Single Society
Preliminary stamp program for 2024. 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 second price hike of 2023 took effect on July 9, 2023. The first class rate of 66¢ was valid into early 2024. Extra ounces remained at 24¢, with value of "forever" 2-ounce and 3-ounce stamps at 90¢ for 2 ounces and $1.14 for 3 ounces. Postcard rate was 51¢. Global airmal rate, $1.50. Semi-postal stamps were sold at 85¢, serving 66¢ in postage with a 19¢ charitable donation of about 28.8%.
USPS raised the first class rate to 68¢ effective January 21, 2024. The postcard rate increased from 51¢ to 53¢. International letters, also known as the Global airmail rate, increased from $1.50 to $1.55 per ounce (or for the first two ounces, for mail to Canada). Semi-postal stamps continued to be sold at 85¢, serving 68¢ in postage with a 17¢ charitable donation of exactly 20%.
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.
As it does every year, USPS moved the tiny date appearing on new stamp designs. For 2024, it appeared horizontally in the lower right corner.
Regular issues and commemoratives
(F) Year of the Dragon (preliminary Scott 5826, imperf 5826a): probably B111111 in LL and LR
Effective January 21, the (F) Forever rate was raised from 66¢ to 68¢.
(F) U.S. Flags, four designs, booklet of 20
Additional formats may be announced
(F) Constance Baker Motley
$1 Floral Geometry
$9.65 Pillars of Creation (priority mail rate)
$28.65 Cosmic Cliffs (express mail rate)
1¢ Fringed Tulip, pane of 20
1¢ Fringed Tulip coil of 10,000
2¢ Daffodils, pane of 20
2¢ Daffodils coil of 10,000
3¢ Peonies, pane of 20
3¢ Peonies coil of 10,000
5¢ Red Tulips, pane of 20
5¢ Red Tulips coil of 10,000
10¢ Poppies and Coneflowers, pane of 20
10¢ Poppies and Coneflowers coil of 10,000
(F) Save Manatees
(F) Underground Railroad, 10 designs
(25¢) Radiant Star, presorted standard coil
(F) Celebration Blooms "wedding stamp"
(2 oz) Wedding Blooms, 2 ounce rate
(F) Garden Delights booklet of 20, four designs
(3 oz) Saul Bellow, 3 ounce rate
(F) Pinback Buttons, 10 designs
(F) Protect Sea Turtles pane of 18, six designs
(F) Shaker Design, 12 designs
(F) Horses, five designs
(F) Bluegrass Music
(F) First Continental Congress
(F) Autumn Colors, 10 designs
(F) Christmas - Madonna
(F) Winter Whimsey, four Snowflake designs, booklet of 20
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 2024-2025, from pane of 20 (preliminary Scott RW91)
$25 Hunting Permit self-adhesive pane of 1 (preliminary Scott RW91A): no plate numbers
Official stamps were "officially" discontinued in 2013. The handful of federal government agencies with remaining stock used up their existing stamps, 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 October 26, 2023.
Opinions expressed by authors are their own and do not necessarily reflect those of the APNSS, its officers or members.