Favorite US Stamp?

Discussion in 'United States Stamps' started by Randi, Mar 7, 2015.

  1. Randi

    Randi New Member

    I realize everyone has multiple stamps they love but what is the first few that come to mind that are your favorite? These have to be mine. I love the representing different, countries, states, and species. Then the USAGOGREEN stamp is because I am an environmental freak who is all about protecting our environment. I think it is cool that they made some for that very reason!


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  2. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Being from Texas and a retired Marine, I'd say these two are in my top favorites. I love the color of the Texas Centennial stamp.

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  3. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

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  4. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    A really beautiful stamp. First that I've seen.
    I own a couple of Persian and Afgan carpets, definitely see where it got it's nickname from.
     
  5. Randi

    Randi New Member

    Love the Iwo Jima stamp Gunny! It is beautiful and I think green really fits it for some reason. Hockstrasse that is a very impressive stamp! I love how it resembles a Persian rug, but this is my first time seeing a 500 dollar stamp! I had to read it twice because I didn't believe it. I had no clue they even made them worth that much at any point. Just the thought of my 500 dollars turning into a tiny, thin, little piece of paper is nerve racking.
     
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  6. James-2489

    James-2489 Well-Known Member

    Iwo Jima. 23 February 1945 a historic day
    James
     
  7. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    The stamp although denominated $500 is worth over 20X that. A revenue stamp denominated $10,000, issued in 1950 and 1950, is worth less than 1/100 that (mostly owing to the fact it has a "cut cancel").
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  8. Randi

    Randi New Member

    Son of a biscuit! So you are talking, right now, that the $500 is worth $10,000? How did you come to on that stamp? Stamps that are printed in that large amount to me just seem crazy, but I guess the world was different back then. I couldn't get the link you posted to open so what do you mean by "cut cancel"? Why is it only worth 1/100th of that?
     
  9. Hochstrasse

    Hochstrasse Moderator Moderator

    I don't own either stamp, but I do have many revenues. These two stamps were typically tax stamps paid by businesses and corporations in the course of doing business, the $10,000 stamp was a stock transfer stamp and would have been applied to a document for the sale of stock that amounted to the number of shares that would have warranted that level of taxation and the "Persian Carpet" was a large value revenue arising out of the American Civil War and would have served any number of purposes arising from high value taxations resulting from the Tax Act of 1862.

    The "cut cancel" is exactly that. The stamp is cut with small slices in parallel cuts after it is applied to the document. I kind of imagine it as an early form of "embossing" which today is common on official documents. The cuts do not affect the entire stamp and collectors often back the cuts with a stamp hinge to make the stamp "sturdier". The $10,000 stamp with ordinary cancel is worth 10x what a "cut cancel" is worth, a catalog value of closer to $1,000.
     
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  10. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Those revenue stamps look really good. :)
     
  11. daniel.camacho.144

    daniel.camacho.144 New Member

    I don't know much about stamps other than I have a bunch of old stamps and I just like them.
     
  12. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Nice to know you have bunch of stamps. :)
    You can learn more about stamps through the various discussions here.
     
  13. daniel.camacho.144

    daniel.camacho.144 New Member

    I'm gonna try and learn. I know I read a bunch earlier and was lost with all the acronyms.
     
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  14. zararina

    zararina Simply Me! :D

    Just saw this stamp online, I really like US Forever stamps. :)
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  15. littleriverphil

    littleriverphil Active Member

    My favorite stamp would be the very first 3 cent Agriculture, O3. Bought it through a mail sale out of Flordia, all the listing said was ..O3 used f-vf. I'll have to give you a very brief history of the production of this stamp.
    In May of 1873, it was decided to produce series of stamps for each governmental Department, these stamps were to be issued July 1, 1873.
    Continental Bank Note Company met those conditions and the stamp agent delivered the required stamps to the Post Office in time for the PO to distrbute the stamps to each department.
    This is that first O3, which only could have been used in the last 6 months of 1873.

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  16. Gunny

    Gunny Retired Jarhead Moderator

    Nice. I have the O2 & O6 in the Agriculture Dept series, but don't have that one.
     
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