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.Continue Reading
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 about Stamps
Final valuation of stamps should be done by experts, since very fine details can make drastic differences in the value of a stamp. However, there are methods for consumers to use to evaluate approximate stamp value.Full Answer >
The Federal Duck Stamp Office recommends finding a reputable stamp dealer online or in the Yellow Pages to find the value of duck stamps. While it promotes collecting stamps, it does not give out collectible prices. Michael Jaffe Stamps offers a detailed federal duck stamp price guide at DuckStamps.comFull Answer >
According to Mystic Stamp Company, the 1984 Harry S. Truman 20-cent stamp has a used value of $0.15, with mint copies worth up $0.90. While popular among collectors, the stamp showing the 33rd president is readily available and not considered a rare find.Full Answer >
To determine the value of an Elvis Presley stamp, first determine its country of origin and age. The collectible value of a stamp also depends on the condition of the stamp. Mint-condition stamps are generally more valuable than those in poor condition.Full Answer >