US Stamps

Tagged 2003 Eagle and Shield strip of 10 is elusive

Aug 2, 2023, 8 AM
The strip of 10 United States 2003 nondenominated (25¢) Eagle and Shield horizontal coil stamps (Scott 3801c) with phosphorescent tagging is surprisingly elusive and a good buy at up to $20. One of the 10 stamps is shown.

Stamp Market Tips by Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Postal Service issued 10 nondenominated (25¢) Eagle and Shield horizontal coil stamps (Scott 3792-3801).

The stamps were designed by Tom Engeman and printed by the American Packaging Corp. for Sennett Security Products. The stamps are untagged and have gauge 11¾ vertical serpentine die cuts.

The stamps were also issued on paper with phosphorescent tagging (Scott 3792a-3801a).

The Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values an untagged strip of 10 (Scott 3801b) in mint condition at $5. A tagged strip of 10 (Scott 3801c) is listed but not valued.

The untagged strip of 10 is common and readily available. The tagged strip of 10 is surprisingly elusive. As a result, we can’t find much pricing information on it; evidently neither can the Scott catalog editors.

If you see the tagged strip of 10 on offer, we think it is a good buy at up to $20. But check carefully to make sure it has the phosphorescent tagging.

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