2015 U.S. Stamp Program

December 15, 2015 11:00 AM

  • World Stamp Show-NY 2016 commemorative forever stamps in red and blue were released Aug. 20, 2015.

Jan. 8, War of 1812: Battle of New Orleans. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; CCL; Chalmette, LA 70043; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 5, page 12; USPS item No. 589104 (pane), 589116 (FDC at 93¢), 589121 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 589106 (press sheet with die cuts at $49), 589108 (press sheet without die cuts at $49); mount No. 927; Scott 4952.

Jan. 12, Patriotic Waves. One $1 definitive stamp; pane of 10; AP; Kansas City, MO 64144. Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 12, page 1; USPS item No. 117404 (pane), 117416 (FDC at $1.44), 117421 (digital color postmark FDC at $2.15), 117406 (press sheet with die cuts at $140), 117408 (press sheet without die cuts at $140); Scott 4953.

Jan. 12, Bank Swallow. One (49¢) forever stamped envelope; 12 envelope formats; AP; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8; USPS item No. 210098 (variety pack of 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $14.88); 210017 (variety pack of FDCs with 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $17.76).

Jan. 12, Folk Art Eagle. One (49¢) forever stamped envelope; 12 envelope formats; AP; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8, USPS item No. 210098 (variety pack of 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $14.88); 210017 (variety pack of FDCs with 12 Bank Swallow and 12 Folk Art Eagle envelopes at $17.76).

Jan. 12, Glade Creek Grist Mill. One $5.75 Priority Mail stamped envelope; pack of five, 10 or 25; Kansas City, MO 64144; USPS item No. 213505 (pack of five at $28.75), 213516 (first-day cover at $6.19); Linn’s Feb. 23, page 13; Scott U689.

Jan. 22, Forever Hearts. Two (49¢) special forever stamps: white design on red background (Scott 4955), red design on white background (4956); pane of 20; CCL; Richmond, VA 23232; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 19, page 6; USPS item No. 588504 (pane), 588516 (set of two FDCs at $1.86), 588521 (set of two digital color postmark FDCs at $3.28), 588506 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 588508 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80).

Jan. 30, Patriotic Waves. One $2 definitive stamp; pane of 10; AP; Norcross, GA 30071; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Jan. 26, page 10; USPS item No. 117504 (pane), 117516 (FDC at $2.44), 117521 (digital color postmark FDC at $3.15), 117506 (press sheet with die cuts at $200), 117508 (press sheet without die cuts at $200); Scott 4954.

Feb. 7, Year of the Ram. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 12; SSP; San Francisco, CA 94188; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Feb. 2, page 10; USPS item No. 588904 (pane), 588916 (FDC at 93¢), 588921 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 588906 (press sheet with die cuts at $70.56), 588908 (press sheet without die cuts at $70.56); Scott 4957.

Feb. 12, Robert Robinson Taylor. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; Black Heritage series; pane of 20; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8; Feb. 9, page 10; USPS item No. 472904 (pane), 472916 (FDC at 93¢), 472921 (digital color postmark at $1.64), 472906 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 472908 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 4958.

Feb. 14, Vintage Rose. One nondenominated (49¢) special forever stamp; Weddings series; pane of 20; SSP; Riverside, CA 92501; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Feb. 9, page 12; USPS item No. 587704 (pane), 587716 (FDC at 93¢), 587721 (digital color postmark at $1.64), 587706 (press sheet with die cuts at $117.60), 587708 (press sheet without die cuts at $117.60); Scott 4959.

Feb. 14, Vintage Tulip. One 70¢ 2-ounce rate special stamp; Weddings series; pane of 20; SSP; Riverside, CA 92501; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1, Feb. 9, page 12; USPS item No. 587804 (pane), 587816 (FDC at $1.14), 587821 (digital color postmark at $1.85), 587806 (press sheet with die cuts at $168), 587808 (press sheet without die cuts at $168); Scott 4960.

Feb. 21, Bobcat. One 1¢ stamp; coil of 10,000; AP; Mesa, AZ 85201; Linn’s Dec. 29, 2014, page 12; Feb. 16, page 10; USPS item No. 786904 (coil of 10,000); 786905 (strip of 100); 786916 (FDC at 94¢); Scott 4672a.

Feb. 27, Stars and Stripes. Three nondenominated (10¢) definitive stamps for presorted standard mail: flag stripes at left and stars at right (Scott 4961), stars and one white stripe (4962), stars at left with stripes at right (4963); coils of 3,000 and 10,000; SSP; Grapevine, TX 76051; Linn’s Jan. 12, page 8; Feb. 23, page 10; USPS item No. 783104 (coil of 3,000); 783103 (strip of 25 from coil of 3,000); 783204 (coil of 10,000); 783203 (strip of 25 from coil of 10,000); 783216 (set of three FDCs at $3).

March 20, Water Lilies. Four (49¢) definitive forever stamps: pale pink water lily (Scott 4964), red lily (4965), purple lily (4966), white lily (4967); double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); SSP; Cleveland, OH 44101; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; March 16, page 6; USPS item No. 689904 (pane), 689916 (FDC set of four at $3.72), 689906 (press sheet with die cuts at $117.60), 689908 (press sheet without die cuts at $117.60).

March 26, Martin Ramirez. Five (49¢) commemorative forever stamps: horse and rider with trees (Scott 4968), man riding donkey (4969), trains on inclined tracks (4970), deer (4971), tunnel with cars and buses (4972); pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s March 23, page 12; USPS item No. 472704 (pane), 472716 (FDC set of five at $4.65), 472706 (press sheet with die cuts at $117.60), 472708 (press sheet without die cuts at $117.60).

March 27, Ferns. Ten (49¢) forever stamps; coils of 3,000 with 2015 year date: Soft Shield Fern (Scott 4973a), Autumn Fern (4974a), Goldie’s Wood Fern (4975a), Painted Fern (4976a), Fortune’s Holly Fern (4977a); and coils of 10,000 with 2014 year date: Soft Shield Fern (Scott 4973), Autumn Fern (4974), Goldie’s Wood Fern (4975), Painted Fern (4976), Fortune’s Holly Fern (4977); SSP; Kansas City, MO 64144; Linn’s, March 9, page 12; March 30, page 12; USPS item No. 786704 (coil of 3,000), 786703 (strip of 25 from coil of 3,000), 786716 (set of five FDCs from coil of 3,000 at $4.65), 777304 (coil of 10,000), 777335 (strip of 25 from coil of 10,000), 777317 (set of five FDCs from coil of 10,000).

April 1, From Me To You. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; AP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; March 30, page 10; USPS item No. 473004 (pane), 473016 (FDC at 93¢), 473021 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473006 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 473008 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 4978.

April 7, Maya Angelou. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 12; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s March 23, page 8; USPS item No. 472604 (pane), 472616 (FDC at 93¢), 472621 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 472606 (press sheet with die cuts at $47.04), 472608 (press sheet without die cuts at $47.04); Scott 4979.

April 9, Civil War 1865. Two (49¢) commemorative forever stamps: Battle of Five Forks (Scott 4980), Lee’s surrender at Appomattox (4981); double-sided pane of 12, SSP; Appomattox, VA 24522; Linn’s April 6, page 10; USPS item No. 589304 (pane), 589316 (set of two FDCs at $1.86), 589321 (set of two digital color postmark FDCs at $3.28), 589306 (press sheet with die cuts at $35.28), sold out (press sheet without die cuts at $35.28).

April 10, Gifts of Friendship Dogwood and Cherry Blossom. Four (49¢) forever stamps; pane of 12 (five each of two designs, plus one each of two other designs): Lincoln Memorial (Scott 4982), U.S. Capitol (4983), Japanese Diet (4984), Clock Tower (4985); joint issue with Japan; AP; Washington, DC 20090; Linn’s April 6, page 1; USPS item No. 589804 (pane), 589816 (set of four FDCs at $3.72), 589821 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $6.56), 589817 (set of two joint FDCs at $5.95), 589806 (press sheet with die cuts at $35.28), sold out (press sheet without die cuts at $35.28), 801211 (Japan half-sheet of four at $2.95), 589822 (Japan canceled half-sheet of four at $5.45).

April 17, Water Lilies. Two nondenominated (49¢) forever stamped envelopes: dark pink flower (Scott U690), white flower (U691); No. 10 size in pack of 10 with seals; AP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s April 13, page 16; USPS item No. 882101 (pack of 10 at $9.95), 882103 (set of two FDCs at $1.48).

May 9, Special Olympics World Games. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Irvine, CA 92619; Linn’s May 4, page 8. USPS item No. 472804 (pane), 472816 (FDC at 93¢), 472821 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 472806 (press sheet with die cuts at $39.20), 472808 (press sheet without die cuts at $39.20); Scott 4986.

May 18, Forget-me-not Missing Children. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 20; AP; Anaheim, CA 92803. Linn’s May 11, page 1; USPS item No. 473104 (pane), 473116 (FDC at 93¢), 473121 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473106 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 473108 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 4987.

May 18, Forget-me-not Missing Children. One nondenominated (49¢) forever stamped envelope; No. 10 size in pack of 10 with seals; AP; Anaheim, CA 92803; Linn’s May 11, page 1; USPS item No. 882102 (pack of 10 at $9.95), 882104 (FDC at 74¢); Scott U692.

May 25, Medal of Honor: Vietnam War. Three (49¢) commemorative forever stamps; prestige folio of 24; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s May 25, page 12; USPS item No. 589704 (pane), 589706 (press sheet with die cuts at $35.28), 589708 (press sheet without die cuts at $35.28), 589716 (set of three FDCs at $2.79), 589721 (set of three digital color postmark FDCs at $4.92); Scott 4988.

June 1, Emperor Penguins. Two (22¢) additional ounce definitive stamps; pane of 20, coil of 100; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 117704 (pane), 117716 (FDC at $1.15), 117721 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86), 117706 (press sheet with die cuts at $70), 117708 (press sheet without die cuts at $70), 786204 (coil of 100); Scott 4989 (pane), 4990 (coil).

June 1, Coastal Birds. Eight (35¢) postcard rate definitive stamps: Red Knot (Scott 4991 pane, 4997 coil), King Eider (4992 pane, 4998 coil), Spoonbill (4993 pane, 4995 coil), Frigatebird (4994 pane, 4996 coil); pane of 20, SSP; coil of 100, AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 117604 (pane), 117616 (set of four FDCs at $4.56), 117621 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $7.40), 117606 (press sheet with die cuts at $70), 117608 (press sheet without die cuts at $70), 783504 (coil of 100).

June 1, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail. One (71¢) nonmachineable definitive stamp; Butterfly series; pane of 20; AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 117804 (pane), 117816 (FDC at $1.15), 117821 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86), 117806 (press sheet with die cuts at $85.20), 117808 (press sheet without die cuts at $85.20); Scott 4999.

June 1, Wedding Cake. One (71¢) 2-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 589604 (pane), 589616 (FDC at $1.15), 589621 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86); Scott 5000.

June 1, Yes I Do. One (71¢) 2-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; AP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 589404 (pane), 589416 (FDC at $1.15), 589421 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86); Scott 5001.

June 1, Vintage Tulip. One (71¢) 2-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s June 8, page 8; USPS item No. 589504 (pane), 589516 (FDC at $1.15), 589521 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.86); Scott 5002.

June 5, Flannery O’Connor. One (93¢) 3-ounce rate stamp; pane of 20; AP; McLean, VA 22101; Linn’s June 8, page 11; USPS item No. 118904 (pane), 118916 (FDC at $1.37), 118921 (digital color postmark FDC at $2.08), 118906 (press sheet with die cuts at $111.60), 118908 (press sheet without die cuts at $111.60); Scott 5003.

June 26, Ruddy Ducks. Two $25 federal migratory waterfowl hunting and conservation stamps issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, water-activated pane of 20 (Scott RW82) and self-adhesive pane of one (Scott RW82A); AP; Memphis, TN; Linn’s June 22, page 23; USPS item No. 335204 (pane of 20), 335304 (pane of one), 335206 (pane of 20 press sheet at $1,950), 335306 (pane of one press sheet at $585).

July 11, Summer Harvest. Four (49¢) definitive forever stamps: watermelons (Scott 5004), sweet corn (5005), cantaloupes (5006) and tomatoes (5007); double-sided pane of 20 (convertible booklet format); AP; Sacramento, CA 95813; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; July 6, page 1; USPS item No. 690004 (pane), 690016 (FDC set of four at $3.72), 690021 (digital color postmark FDC at $6.56), 690006 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40), 690008 (press sheet without die cuts at $78.40).

July 31, Fanciful Flowers. One (35¢) forever postal card (Scott UX646) and (70¢) double reply postal card (UY53); AP; Clackamas, OR 97015; Linn’s June 22, page 10; July 27, page 10; USPS item No. 222104 (single at 39¢), 228104 (double at 78¢), 228400 (uncut sheet of 40 single cards at $15.60).

Aug. 4, U.S. Coast Guard. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; SSP; Washington, DC 20066; Linn’s Nov. 24, 2014, page 1; Aug. 3, page 1; USPS item No. 473204 (pane), 473216 (FDC at 93¢), 473221 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473206 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 473208 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80); Scott 5008.

Aug. 12, Elvis Presley. One (49¢) commemorative forever stamp, pane of 16; Music Icons series; AP; Memphis, TN 38101; Linn’s June 22, page 1; Aug. 3, page 8; Aug. 10, page 11; USPS item No. 589004 (pane), 589016 (FDC at 93¢), 589021 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 589006 (press sheet with die cuts at $70.56), 589008 (press sheet without die cuts at $70.56); Scott 5009.

Aug. 20, World Stamp Show-NY 2016. Two (49¢) commemorative forever stamps in red (Scott 5010) and blue (5011); pane of 20; AP; Grand Rapids, MI 49599; Linn’s May 11, page 1; Aug. 10, page 1; USPS item No. 589904 (pane), 589916 (set of two FDCs at $1.86), 589921 (set of two digital color postmark FDCs at $3.28), 589906 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 589908 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80).

Aug. 20, Ingrid Bergman. One nondenominated (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; pane of 20; Legends of Hollywood series; joint issue with Sweden; SSP; Los Angeles, CA 90052; Linn’s July 13, page 1; Aug. 10, page 12; USPS item No. 473304 (pane), 473316 (FDC at 93¢), 473321 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64), 473306 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20), 473308 (press sheet without die cuts at $88.20); Scott 5012.

Sept. 2, Spectrum Eagle. Six nondenominated (25¢) presorted first-class coil stamps: green (Scott 5013), blue green (5014), blue (5015), red violet (5016), brown orange (5017), yellow orange (5018); in a roll of 10,000; AP; Eagleville, MO 64442; Linn’s Sept. 14, page 20; USPS item No. 788531 (strip of 25 at $6.25), 788517 (set of six FDCs for $5.64).

Sept. 9, Neon Celebrate. One nondenominated (49¢) special stamp in a pane of 20; SSP; Kansas City, MO 64108; Linn’s Sept. 28, page 12; USPS item No. 586204 (pane), 586216 (first-day cover at 93¢); Scott 5019.

Sept. 18, Paul Newman. One nondenominated (49¢) commemorative forever stamp; SSP; Cleveland, OH 44101; Linn’s July 27, page 14; Sept. 14, page 21; USPS item No. 473404 (pane), 473416 (FDC at 93¢), 473421 (digital color postmark FDC at $1.64) 473406 (press sheet with die cuts at $88.20), 473408 (press sheet without die cuts at $88.20); Scott 5020.

Oct. 1, A Charlie Brown Christmas. Ten nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps: Charlie Brown carrying tree (Scott 5021), Charlie with Pigpen and snowman (5022), Snoopy and four children skating (5023), Charlie with Snoopy and 12 children (5024), Linus kneeling alone with tree (5025), Charlie looking in mailbox (5026), Charlie and Linus behind brick wall (5027), Charlie with Linus and tree (5028), Charlie with Snoopy decorating doghouse (5029), Charlie hanging ornament on tree (5030), in a double-sided pane of 20; SSP; Santa Rosa, CA 95403; Linn’s Sept. 28, page 1; USPS item No. 680204 (pane), 680216 (set of 10 FDCs at $9.30), 680221 (set of 10 digital color postmark FDCs at $16.40), 680206 (press sheet with die cuts at $78.40), 680208 (press sheet without die cuts at $78.40).

Oct. 23, Geometric Snowflakes. Four nondenominated (49¢) forever stamps: purple and lilac (Scott 5031), dark blue and blue (5032), dark green and green (5033), crimson and pink (5034), in a double-sided pane of 20; SSP; New York, NY 10199; Linn’s Oct. 12, page 12; USPS item No. 680404 (pane), 680416 (set of four FDCs at $3.72), 680421 (set of four digital color postmark FDCs at $6.56), 680406 (press sheet with die cuts at $58.80), 680408 (press sheet without die cuts at $58.80).

October, Purple Heart. One nondenominated (49¢) forever stamp in a pane of 20; SSP; no issue date or city designated; Linn’s Dec. 21, page 18; Scott 5035.

*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 7247, Philadelphia, PA 19101-9014. 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.