2004 U.S. Stamp Program

December 31, 2005 09:40 PM

  • The U.S. Postal Service issued this Sea Coast stamp on June 11, 2004.

January 2, Pacific Coral Reefs. Ten 37¢ commemorative stamps in pane of 10 (Scott 3831) depicting plants and animals native to Pacific coral reefs: emperor angelfish (3831a); humphead wrasse (b); bumphead parrotfish (c); black-spotted puffer (d); hawksbill turtle (e); pink anemonefish (f); snowflake moray eel (g); lionfish (h); triton's trumpet (i); oriental sweetlips (j); AV; Honolulu, HI 96820; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Dec. 29, 2003, page 1; USPS item No. 457140 (pane).

January 13, Year of the Monkey Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, Happy New Year series, pane of 20; SSP; San Francisco, CA 94188; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Oct. 20, 2003, page 53; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Jan. 5, page 1; USPS item No. 455320 (block of four); 455340 (pane); Scott 3832.

January 14, Candy Hearts Love. Single 37¢ special stamp, pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); AV; Revere, MA 02151; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Oct. 20, 2003, page 22; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Jan. 12, page 1; USPS item No. 672840 (pane); Scott 3833.

January 20, Paul Robeson. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, Black Heritage series, pane of 20; SSP; Princeton, NJ 08540; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Oct. 20, 2003, page 22; Nov. 24, 2003, page 39; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Jan. 19, page 1; USPS item No. 455420 (block of four); 455440 (pane); Scott 3834.

January 30, Snowy Egret. Single 37¢ definitive stamp, same design as coil stamp of 2003, pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); AP; Norfolk, VA 23501; Linn's, Dec. 15, 2003, page 8; Jan. 26, page 1; USPS item No. 672640 (pane); Scott 3830.

Late January, Flag. Single 37¢ definitive coil stamp, same design as coil stamps of 2002-03 but with "2004" year date, coils of 3,000 and 10,000; SSP; Linn's, Feb. 16, page 13; USPS item No. 780331 (plate-number strip of 25, coil of 10,000); 780231 (plate-number strip of 25, coil of 3,000); Scott 3632C.

March 2, Dr. Seuss. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; SSP; La Jolla, CA 92038; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Nov. 10, 2003, page 3; Nov. 17, 2003, page 48; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; March 1, page 1; USPS item No. 455520 (block of four); 455540 (pane); Scott 3835.

March 4, Garden Blossoms. Single 37¢ special stamp (Scott 3836, AP) and single 60¢ special stamp (Scott 3837, SSP), both panes of 20; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; March 1, page 1; USPS item No. 673540 (pane of 37¢ stamps); 566220 (block of four 60¢ stamps); 566240 (pane of 60¢ stamps).

March 5, Chippendale Chair. Single 4¢ definitive stamp, American Design series, pane of 20; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Feb. 9, page 1; March 1, page 1; USPS item No. 110420 (block of four); 110440 (pane); 110462 (FDC at 79¢); Scott 3750.

March 25, Columbia University. Single 23¢ postal card for university's 250th anniversary; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; April 19, page 16; USPS item No. 221540 (card at 25¢); Scott UX405.

March, Snowy Egret. Single 37¢ definitive coil stamp, same design as coil of 2003 but with "2004" year date, coil of 100; AP; no first-day city; Linn's, April 12, page 8; Nov. 22, page 53; USPS item No. 782241 (coil of 100); Scott 3829A.

April 1, U.S. Air Force Academy. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp for 50th anniversary of academy, pane of 20; SSP; Colorado Springs, CO 80903; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; March 29, page 1; USPS item No. 455620 (block of four); 455640 (pane); Scott 3838.

April 6, Sea Coast. Single nondenominated (5¢) definitive coil stamp with serpentine die cuts on all four edges, coil of 3,000 and 10,000, same stamp as the one issued in June 2003 in coil of 10,000; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's, April 19, page 2; USPS item No. 782730 (plate-number strip of 25 from coil of 3,000); 782762 (FDC at 80¢, no FDC was offered in 2003); 781432 (plate-number strip of 25 from coil of 10,000); no Scott number assigned.

April 13, Henry Mancini. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; SSP; Los Angeles, CA 90052; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Sept. 1, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; April 12, page 1; USPS item No. 455820 (block of four); 455840 (pane of 20); Scott 3839.

May 4, American Choreographers. Four 37¢ commemorative stamps for Martha Graham (Scott 3840), Alvin Ailey (3841), Agnes de Mille (3842) and George Balanchine (3843); pane of 20; AP; Newark, NJ 07102; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; April 26, page 1; May 3, page 50; USPS item No. 456020 (block of four); 456040 (pane).

May 12, American Eagle. Ten nondenominated (25¢) water-activated definitive coil stamps (gray background and gold eagle, Scott 3844; gold and green, 3845; red and gold, 3846; gold and blue, 3847; dark blue and gold, 3848; gold and gray, 3849; green and gold, 3850; gold and dark blue, 3851; blue and gold, 3852; gold and red, 3853), same designs and color combinations as coil stamps of 2003 but with "2004" year date, coil of 3,000; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's, May 3, page 8; May 17, page 42; USPS item No. 782520 (strip of five); 782530 (plate-number strip of 25).

May 14, Lewis and Clark. Two 37¢ commemorative stamps (one depicting Lewis, Scott 3855, the other Clark, 3856) in two panes of 10 bound into booklet with additional text and images (Scott BK297); AP; single 37¢ commemorative stamp depicting Lewis and Clark (Scott 3854), pane of 20; SSP; Orofino, ID 83544; Hartford, IL 62048; Sioux City, IA 51106; Atchison, KS 66002; St. Charles, MO 63301; Great Falls, MT 59405; Omaha, NE 68102; Washburn, ND 58577; Astoria, OR 97103; Pierre, SD 57501; Ilwaco, WA 98624;Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; April 26, page 15; May 10, pages 1 and 8; USPS item No. 882600 (booklet at $8.95); 455920 (block of four from pane of 20); 455940 (pane of 20).

May 18, Isamu Noguchi. Five 37¢ commemorative stamps depicting artwork (Akari 25N, Scott 3857; Margaret La Farge Osborn, 3858; Black Sun, 3859; Mother and Child, 3860; Figure, 3861) of Japanese-American sculptor, pane of 20; AP; Long Island City, NY 11101; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; May 17, page 1; USPS item No. 456120 (strip of five); 456140 (pane).

May 29, National World War II Memorial. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; April 26, page 1; May 24, page 1; USPS item No. 456220 (block of four); 456240 (pane); Scott 3862.

June 9, Summer Olympic Games. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AP; Philadelphia, PA 19104; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Feb. 16, page 1; June 7, page 1; USPS item No. 456320 (block of four); 456340 (pane); Scott 3863.

June 10, Harriton House. Single 23¢ postal card for 300th anniversary of the early American domestic house; Bryn Mawr, PA 19010; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; June 7, page 2; USPS item No. 221640 (card at 25¢); Scott UX406.

June 11, Sea Coast. Single nondenominated (5¢) water-activated definitive coil stamp, same design as coil of 2003 but with "2004" year date, coil of 3,000 and 10,000; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's, May 3, page 8; June 7, page 51; USPS item No. 782620 (strip of five from coil of 3,000); 782630 (plate-number strip of 25); 782021 (strip of five from coil of 10,000); 782031 (plate-number strip of 25); Scott 3864.

June 23, The Art of Disney. Four 37¢ commemorative stamps (Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Scott 3865; Bambi and Thumper, 3866; Mufasa and Simba, 3867; and Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio, 3868) honoring art of animator Walt Disney; pane of 20, four letter sheets (Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, Scott U653; Bambi and Thumper, U654; Mufasa and Simba, U655; and Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio, U656) and four 23¢ picture postal cards (Bambi and Thumper, Scott UX407; Mufasa and Simba, UX408; Goofy, Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, UX409; and Jiminy Cricket and Pinocchio, UX410); all three BCA; Anaheim, CA 92803; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Jan. 19, page 1; May 3, page 1; June 21, page 1; USPS item No. 566720 (block of four); 566740 (pane); 566766 (set of 20 picture postal cards at $9.75); 566794 (pad of 12 letter sheets at $14.95).

June 25, American Toleware Single 5¢ definitive stamp featuring same design as coil stamp of 2002 but with "2004" year date, pane of 20; SSP; Santa Clara, CA 95050;Linn's, Feb. 23, page 8; June 21, page 2; USPS item No. 100520 (block of four); 100540 (pane); 100562 (FDC at 80¢); Scott 3750A.

June 30, USS Constellation. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp for 150th anniversary of Civil War vessel, pane of 20; AP; Baltimore, MD 21233; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; June 28, page 1; USPS item No. 456720 (block of four); 456740 (pane); 456761 (FDC at 75¢); Scott 3869.

July 1, Redheads. Two $15 federal migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior; water-activated pane of 20 (single stamp, Scott RW71) and self-adhesive pane of one (RW71A), both BCA; Washington, DC; Linn's, Dec. 8, 2003, page 1; June 28, page 2; USPS item No. 302910 (single water-activated stamp); 302840 (self-adhesive pane).

July 12, R. Buckminster Fuller. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AP; Stanford, CA 94305; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; July 5, page 1; USPS item No. 456420 (block of four); 456440 (pane); Scott 3870.

July 14, Wilma Rudolph. Two 23¢ definitive stamps, Distinguished Americans series, pane of 20 (Scott 3422), pane of 10 (convertible booklet format) and vending booklet of 10 (both 3436), all three AP; Sacramento, CA 95813; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; April 19, page 35; July 12, page 1; USPS item No. 108420 (block of four from pane of 20); 108440 (pane of 20); 673040 (pane of 10); 672940 (vending booklet of 10).

July 23, James Baldwin. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, Literary Arts series, pane of 20; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Nov. 24, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; July 19, page 1; USPS item No. 456620 (block of four); 456640 (pane); Scott 3871.

Late July, Flag. Single 37¢ definitive stamp, same design as stamp of 2002 but with "2004" year date, double-sided pane of 20; AV; Linn's, Aug. 9, page 8; USPS item No. 670841 (pane); Scott 3636D.

Aug. 12, Martin Johnson Heade. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp picturing Giant Magnolias on a Blue Velvet Cloth, double-sided pane of 20; SSP; Sacramento, CA 95813;Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Aug. 2, page 1; USPS item No. 673140 (pane); Scott 3872.

Aug. 20, Navajo Necklace. Single 2¢ definitive stamp picturing Navajo Indian necklace, American Design series, pane of 20; AV; Indianapolis, IN 46206; Linn's, Feb. 2, page 8; Feb. 16, page 1; Aug. 16, page 1; USPS item No. 107220 (block of four); 107240 (pane); Scott 3749.

August 21, Art of the American Indian. Ten 37¢ commemorative stamps in pane of 10 (Scott 3873) showing artwork of various American Indian tribes: Mimbres bowl (3873a); Kutenai parfleche (b); Tlingit sculptures (c); Ho-Chunk bag (d); Seminole doll (e); Mississippian effigy (f); Acoma pot (g); Navajo weaving (h); Seneca carving (i); Luiseno basket (j); AV; and 10 23¢ picture postal cards: Mimbres bowl (UX411); Kutenai parfleche (UX412); Tlingit sculptures (UX413); Ho-Chunk bag (UX414); Seminole doll (UX415); Mississippian effigy (UX416); Acoma pot (UX417); Navajo weaving (UX418); Seneca carving (UX419); Luiseno basket (UX420); BCA; Santa Fe, NM 87501; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Aug. 16, page 1; USPS item No. 457340 (pane); 457366 (set of 20 picture postal cards at $9.75).

August?, Sea Coast. Single nondenominated (5¢) definitive coil stamp, same design as coil of 2002 but with "2003" year date, coil of 10,000; AP; no first-day ceremony; Linn's, Nov. 1, page 10; USPS item No. 781434 (plate-number strip of 25); Scott 3874.

Late August?, Sea Coast. Single nondenominated (5¢) definitive coil stamp, same design as coil of 2002 but with "2004" year date, coil of 10,000; SSP; no first-day ceremony; Linn's, Sept. 20, page 2; USPS item No. 781433 (plate-number strip of 25); Scott 3875.

Sept. 9 John Wayne. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, Legends of Hollywood series,pane 20; SSP; Los Angeles, CA 90052; Linn's, Nov. 26, 2001, page 1; Feb. 23, page 1; March 1, page 13; Sept. 6, page 1; USPS item No. 455720 (block of four); 455740 (pane); 455761 (FDC at 75¢); 455784 (uncut press sheet at $44.40); Scott 3876.

Sept. 13, Atlas Statue. Single nondenominated (10¢) coil stamp, same design as stamps of 2001 and 2003, coil of 3,000; AV; Washington, DC 20066; Linn's, Aug. 23 page 26; Sept. 13, page 15; USPS item No. 701130 (plate-number strip of 25); no Scott number assigned.

September 29, Sickle Cell Anemia. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp, pane of 20; AV; Atlanta, GA 30304; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1: Sept. 27, page 1; USPS item No. 456920 (block of four); 456940 (pane); 456961 (FDC at 75¢); Scott 3877.

October 4, Cloudscapes. Fifteen 37¢ commemorative stamps in pane of 15 (Scott 3878) featuring various cloud formations: cirrus radiatus (3878a); cirrostratus fibratus (b); cirrocumulus undulatus (c); cumulonimbus mammatus (d); cumulonimbus incus (e); altocumulus stratiformis (f); altostratus translucidus (g); altocumulus undulatus (h); altocumulus castellanus (i); altocumulus lenticularis (j); stratocumulus undulatus (k); stratus opacus (l); cumulus humilis (m); cumulus congestus (n); cumulonimbus with tornado (o); AV; and 15 23¢ picture postal cards: cirrus radiatus (UX421); cirrostratus fibratus (UX422); cirrocumulus undulatus (UX423); cumulonimbus mammatus (UX424); cumulonimbus incus (UX425); altocumulus stratiformis (UX426); altostratus translucidus (UX427); altocumulus undulatus (UX428); altocumulus castellanus (UX429); altocumulus lenticularis (UX430); stratocumulus undulatus (UX431); stratus opacus (UX432); cumulus humilis (UX433); cumulus congestus (UX434); cumulonimbus with tornado (UX435); BCA; Milton, MA 02186; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Oct. 4, page 1; USPS item No. 456840 (pane); 456866 (set of 20 picture postal cards at $9.75).

Oct. 14, Madonna and Child. Single 37¢ special stamp featuring painting by Lorenzo Monaco, double-sided pane of 20; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Oct. 11, page 1; USPS item No. 673440 (pane); 673461 (FDC at 75¢); Scott 3879.

Oct. 15, Dreidel Hanukkah. Single 37¢ special stamp, Holiday Celebrations series, pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Oct. 11, page 1; USPS item No. 566620 (block of four); 566640 (pane); 566661 (FDC at 75¢); Scott 3880.

Oct. 16, Seven Days of Kwanzaa. Single 37¢ special stamp, Holiday Celebrations series, pane of 20; AP; Chicago, IL 60607; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Oct. 11, page 1; USPS item No. 566520 (block of four); 566540 (pane); 566561 (FDC at 75¢); Scott 3881.

Oct. 24, Moss Hart. Single 37¢ commemorative stamp for Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, pane of 20; AV; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Oct. 25, page 1; USPS item No. 457020 (block of four); 457040 (pane); 457061 (FDC at 75¢); Scott 3882.

October?. Lion Statue. Single nondenominated (10¢) definitive coil stamp, same design as coil stamp of 2000 but with "2003" year date, coil of 10,000; SSP; no first-day ceremony; Linn's, Nov. 1, page 2; USPS item No. 791831 (plate-number strip of 25); Scott 3447a.

Nov. 16, Holiday Ornaments. Twelve 37¢ special stamps showing glass Santa Claus Christmas-tree ornaments, pane of 20 (purple Santa, Scott 3883; green Santa, 3884; blue Santa, 3885; red Santa, 3886), double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format, 3886b, five each 3883-86), vending booklet of 20 (purple Santa, 3887; green Santa, 3888; blue Santa, 3889; red Santa, 3890), all three SSP; and ATM pane of 18 (green Santa, 3891; purple Santa, 3892; red Santa, 3893; blue Santa, 3894), AV; New York, NY 10199; Linn's, Aug. 25, 2003, page 1; Dec. 15, 2003, page 1; Aug. 23, page 19; Nov. 15, page 1; USPS item No. 566420 (block of four from pane of 20); 566440 (pane of 20); 566463 (FDC bearing all four stamps at $3); 673240 (double-sided pane of 20); 673263 (set of four FDCs at $3); 673340 (vending booklet of 20); 566940 (ATM pane of 18) 566963 (set of four FDCs at $3).

 

*Asterisks precede entries with new or changed information. New/changed information is presented in bold italics.

Stamp printing contractors are identified in the listings using the following abbreviations: AP (Ashton Potter USA Ltd.), CCL (CCL Label Inc.) and SSP (Sennett Security Products). Printing contractors for some earlier issues include AV (Avery Dennison), BEP (Bureau of Engraving and Printing), BCA (Banknote Corp. of America), GL (Guilford Gravure), and SS (Sterling Sommer).

Details of each issue listed in this program are given in the cited issues of Linn’s. Stamps are self-adhesive unless otherwise noted.

Mount Nos. refer to the appropriate ScottMount item number.

 

HOW TO ORDER STAMPS OR COVERS

Mail orders for mint stamps, uncut press sheets, postal stationery, and the Postal Service's uncacheted first-day covers (FDCs) should be sent to Stamp Fulfillment Services, Box 419636, Kansas City, MO 64141-6636. Postal Service supplied first-day covers are available only in certain formats. They usually cost the face value of the stamps affixed plus 24¢ per cover. The prices of some items, including first-day-canceled stationery, may vary. Orders should use USPS item numbers.

Stamp Fulfillment Services accepts credit card orders by telephone (800-782-6724) or fax (816-545-1212). Orders may be placed from countries other than the United States by calling 816-545-1000. An additional $5.20 shipping fee is added to standard shipping and handling charges for orders to be mailed to a foreign address.

New issues should be ordered no more than two weeks in advance of the date of issue.

Mail, phone or fax orders have a flat service charge of $1.30 for orders up to $50 if they include only prepackaged items, such as the minimum purchase of a block of four sheet stamps or a pane of definitive stamps. A fee of $2.10 is added for custom orders.

A detailed sales catalog called USA Philatelic lists the prepackaged formats. It is free on request from Information Fulfillment, Dept. 6270, U.S. Postal Service, Box 419014, Kansas City, MO 64141-6014. USA Philatelic listings include formats and USPS item numbers other than those listed here.

 

HOW TO ORDER FIRST-DAY CANCELS

The grace period for collectors to send covers for first-day cancels ends 60 days after a stamp’s issue date, unless stated otherwise in the listing.

Within the grace period, buy the stamp (or stationery item) at your local post office or philatelic center, affix it to an addressed envelope (postage must make up at least the first-class rate) and send under cover to Customer-Affixed Envelopes, Postmaster, (Name of City, State and ZIP code-9991 or the ZIP+4 code given). No remittance is required.

Most collectors use stamped, addressed return carrier envelopes or peelable return address labels that can be removed after the U.S. Postal Service returns the cover.

Plate numbers. Multistamp issues require as a minimum a plate block with every stamp design represented at least once. Plate block formats are listed by Amos Media Co. in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.

Stamp Fulfillment Services requires the purchase of a minimum number of stamps to obtain plate number markings. For stamps with face values of 1¢ to 50¢ the minimum purchase is a full pane.

For stamps with face values of 51¢ to $1.20 the minimum purchase is either a full pane or block per the catalog listing. For stamps with face values of $1.21 and up the minimum purchase is a block of four stamps. Plate numbers on most coil stamps may be obtained with a minimum purchase of 25 stamps. Stamp Fulfillment Services does not guarantee specific plate numbers.

If you collect U.S. new issues, you should own Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbooks. The 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2010 yearbooks are sold individually. The 1989, 2007, 2008 and 2009 yearbooks are sold out. For additional information, or to order, visit www.amosadvantage.com, or telephone Amos Media Co. at 800-572-6885.