By Joe O'Donnell
1. U.S. Scott 5000
Scott Catalogue editors have assigned U.S. Scott 5000, though its identity won't be revealed online until July 4.
Linn's Stamp News Editorial Director Donna Houseman discussed the upcoming announcement in today's Monday Morning Brief, a few days after Scott cataloguer Marty Frankevicz looked back at past "milestone" stamps and downplayed their significance.
"It’s not much different than going to the bakery and getting the '00' numbered ticket from the machine. You get served right after customer 99 and life goes on," Frankevicz writes.
Maybe so, but it'll still be fun to see which stamp gets the zero-filled designation.
Care to take a guess at what No. 5000 will be? Tell us on our Linn's Stamp News Facebook page.
2. Finding the holy grail
David Alderfer: "The 1882 £5 orange Queen Victoria high value (Scott 93) is known to many collectors who specialize in Great Britain as the holy grail of British stamps.
3. Battle of Britain
"Great Britain’s Royal Mail remembers the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain on a souvenir sheet of six stamps to be issued July 16."
4. Border stamps
"Two $2.50 stamps saluting parks that span the United States-Canadian borders and unite our peoples are among the five face-different July 3 designs in Canada’s UNESCO World Heritage Sites series."
5. Hot topics
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