United States — Beginning in 2002, the U.S. Postal Service issued 37¢ Flag stamps in a variety of formats produced by a number of different printers (Scott 3629F-3637).
The design by Terrence W. McCaffery features a close-up of the American flag rippling in the breeze.
As mint stamps, most are still minimally valued in the Scott catalog at roughly double face value. But one is a real winner.
The Ashton Potter-produced stamp with gauge 9½ vertical serpentine die cuts, “USA” microprinted in the top red stripe of the flag, and “2005” date at bottom left (Scott 3633B) is valued at $5.50 for a mint single in the 2014 Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers. This is a remarkable increase in value of roughly 1,400 percent in just nine years.
I tipped this stamp in the Aug. 18, 2008, Stamp Market Tips column, and it is surprisingly hard to find.
Dealers are still looking to add it to their stocks, and collectors continue to seek it for their collections. If you can find it offered, it is a good buy at the full Scott catalog value, but you might have to look for a while to find it.
A Linn’s editor found this week’s recommended stamps on ZillionsOfStamps.com at the following prices:
United States, 3633B — $7 pair, mint never-hinged, very fine; $3.25-$3.50 single, mint never-hinged VF;
Libya, 1692 — not found.
Tip of the week
Libya — Libya is a predominantly Muslim country in North Africa on the Mediterranean Sea, west of Egypt; north of Sudan, Chad and Niger; and east of Algeria and Tunisia. The population is primarily Arab and Arab-Berber with Berber, Tuareg and Touboo minorities. The country has been in a state of flux since longtime dictator Muammar Gaddafi was overthrown and killed in 2011 after a brutal 42-year reign. On Sept. 11, 2012, the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans were murdered in a terrorist attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Libya had a robust stamp-issuing policy under Gaddafi as many souvenir sheets, some with interesting topical subjects, were produced. On March 29, 2006, Libya issued a six-stamp souvenir sheet commemorating the total solar eclipse that occurred in Libya on that date (Scott 1692). The stamps in the souvenir sheet are loaded with popular topics, including the solar eclipse, camels and a cactus.
The 2015 Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalogue values the souvenir sheet in mint never-hinged condition at $11 with the value in italics, indicating that pricing information is scanty. This souvenir sheet is not easy to find and is well worth the full Scott catalog value for collectors who are interested in one or more of the topics that it features. — H.G.
July 01, 2015 10:28 AMIn the Spotlight on Philately column this month, Ken Lawrence presents a lengthy and fascinating history of the United States 30¢ orange Benjamin Franklin stamp of 1917 with gauge 10 perforations on unwatermarked paper. Read More ›
June 30, 2015 05:14 PMSince the abhorrent murder of nine African-American churchgoers by a white supremacist in Charleston, S.C. on June 17, calls have spread across the United States for symbols of the old Confederacy to be removed from public places. Read More ›
June 25, 2015 03:34 PMThe hardcover edition of the 2015 United States Postal Card Catalog arrived on my desk in mid-June. The catalog is published by the United Postal Stationery Society, of which I am a longtime member. Read More ›
June 17, 2015 04:15 PMDuring its most recent board meeting, held by telephone June 10, the American Philatelic Society board of directors approved the Institute for Analytical Philately as an APS affiliate. Read More ›
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News editorial director Donna Houseman discusses the announcement that Scott catalogs is assigning Scott number 5000 for United States stamps.
Watch as Scott catalog senior editor Marty Frankevicz discusses a new Spanish stamp commemorating the first international congress on bullfighting as cultural heritage.
Chad Snee reports on the National Postal Museum reception for the display of the British Guiana 1¢ Magenta stamp.
Watch as Linn’s Stamp News associate editor Michael Baadke reports on the recent U.S. postage rate changes and the 10 new stamps being issued this week.
It is always a treat to get to see stamp dealers’ own collections.
In the recently concluded Linn’s United States Stamp Popularity Poll, the Circus Posters set of eight stamps was chosen as the overall favorite issue of 2014.
Dispersal of the splendid Daniel B. Curtis collection continued March 25, with Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries gaveling items from United States back-of-the-book and possessions.
The 175th anniversary of the first postage stamp, Great Britain's Penny Black, is May 6, but the stamp was placed on sale May 1, 1840, for mailers to use beginning on May 6, the designated issue date.