US Stamps

U.S. 2018 O Beautiful pane of 20 in demand

Apr 24, 2024, 9 AM
One of the most attractive United States stamp issues in recent years, the 2018 O Beautiful pane of 20 stamps (Scott 5298) is in demand and worth buying.

Stamp Market Tips by Henry Gitner and Rick Miller

One of the most beautiful United States stamp issues of recent years is the pane of 20 nondenominated (50¢) O Beautiful forever stamps (Scott 5298) issued July 4, 2018.

The title of the pane is a reference to the opening lyrics of America, the Beautiful: “O beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain.”

Issued in celebration of Independence Day, the stamps depict scenic landscapes in California, Nevada, Washington, Kansas, Wisconsin, Oregon, Utah, Colorado, Hawaii, Florida and Maine.

Designed by Ethel Kessler, the colorful stamps were printed by Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. in sheets of 120, which were divided into six panes of 20 for sale at post offices.

The tagged self-adhesive stamps have gauge 10½ serpentine die cuts. Full press sheets of 120 without die cuts were also sold to the public.

The Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers values a mint pane of 20 at $35 against a current postage value of $13.60. This beautiful mint pane of 20 is in demand and is a good buy at $25 to $30.

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