The U.S. Postal Service began issuing the H-rate make-up stamp, with a one-cent value, in November 1998 in anticipation of the postage increase that took place in January 1999. The Postal Service required the addition of a make-up stamp to the previously issued 32-cent first-class letter stamp to send a letter.
The H-rate make-up stamp features a picture of a weather vane topped with a rooster. The stamp includes the words "The 'H' Rate make-up stamp" across the top of the stamp and has "USA" to the right, above the rooster's tail.
The Postal Service began using nondenominational stamps in 1975 due to an uncertainty concerning the time or the value of the increase it anticipated before the end of the year. It printed the A-rate stamp for an increase in 1978. Along with the "A" through "H" series of first-class postage stamps, the Postal Service printed and sold make-up stamps instead of large numbers of low denomination stamps beginning with the F rate in 1991.
In 2006, the Postal Service began printing "Forever Stamps" to eliminate the need for make-up stamps. The Postal Service sells these stamps at the current first class rate. The value of the stamp increases with the postal rate. In 2013, the Postal Service began issuing a "Global Forever Stamp" for use with international letters weighing up to 1 ounce.Learn More
As of 2014, collectible U.S. Betty Boop stamps are worth between $5 and $35 on average. A single stamp featuring the image of Betty Boop is valued in the range of $5 to $10. Stamp sheets featuring her image are commonly valued from $6 and up. Betty Boop stamps originating in foreign countries such as Granada, Antigua, Dominica, Gambia and Guyana are valued between $3 and $45 per sheet.Full Answer >
The Penny Black stamp was printed from 11 different plates, although plate 1 was overhauled due to wear, with the earlier plate referred to as 1a and the replacement referred to as 1b. Few black penny stamps were printed using plate 11, which was primarily used for red stamps.Full Answer >
The best way for someone to start a stamp collection is to pick what sort of stamps he wants to collect. There are certain classifications of stamps a person can start collecting from the mail, or by going to various stores or post offices.Full Answer >
To find out if a stamp collection is worth money, compare the stamps in the collection to others that have sold recently. Check online auction sites like eBay to find comparable stamps in the collection, making sure the stamps are in the same condition as those sold.Full Answer >