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39 Lady Liberty and Flag issues

A number of 39 Lady Liberty and Flag stamps appeared in late 2005 in anticipation of the January 2006 rate change.  More have been issued in 2006.  Some are difficult to distinguish.  Knowing the plate number helps.  Here they all are in one place.  Examples are shown when available.

The following printers were used on the various 39 Lady Liberty and Flag issues:

  • P - Ashton-Potter USA (APU)
  • S - Sennett Security Printers (SSP)
  • V - Avery-Dennison (AV)

Non-denominated (39) issues

Since the late 1970's, non-denominated stamps have been prepared in advance of rate changes.  Letters were used to designate non-denominated stamps from 15 (A) through 33 (H).  The 34 rate change stamps were not designated with a letter, possibly to avoid referring to them as "I-rate" stamps.  If a letter had been used for the 37 stamps, it would have been J, and K would have applied to the 39 rate.

 

Sheet stamps

 

Scott 3965, (39) Lady Liberty water-activated pane of 100, 2006 date.  Printed by Ashton-Potter USA (APU).  UR position only.

Plate numbers used:  P1111

 

Coil stamps

 

Scott 3967, (39) Lady Liberty water-activated coil from rolls of 100 and 3000, 2006 date.  Printed by Sennett Security Printers (SSP).

Plate numbers used:  S1111 every 14 stamps

 

Scott 3968, (39) Lady Liberty self-adhesive, gravure, die cut 8.5, 2006 date.  Printed by Avery Dennison (AV).

Plate numbers used:  V1111 every 11 stamps

 

Scott 3969, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag, self-adhesive, gravure, die cut 10.2, 2006 date from rolls of 100.  Printed by SSP.

Plate numbers used:  S1111 every 14 stamps

A variety with a die cutting error has been reported with plate number S1111.

 

Scott 3970, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive, offset, die cut 9.8, 2006 date.  Printed by APU.

Plate numbers used:  P1111, P2222 every 31 stamps

 

 

Booklet stamps

 

Scott 3966, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive pane of 20, 2006 date, die cut 11-1/4 x 11 on 4 sides, "USPS" microprinting, offset.  Printed by APU.

Pane of 20, Scott 3966a

Plate numbers used:  P1111

An imperforate error pane of 20 (no die cutting on either side) has been reported with plate number P1111 and is expected to be assigned Scott 3966b.

Scott 3966 var (formerly Scott 3971), (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive convertible booklet of 20, 2006 date, "USPS" microprinting, offset, die cut 11-1/4 x 11 but with one or two straight edges.  Printed by APU.

Booklet pane of 20, Scott 3966a (formerly Scott 3971a)

Plate numbers used:  P1111

 

Scott 3972, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive convertible booklet of 20, 2006 date, gravure, die cut 11-1/4 x 10-3/4.  Printed by AV.

Booklet pane of 20, Scott 3972a

Plate numbers used:  V1111

 

Scott 3973, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive convertible booklet of 20, 2006 date, gravure, die cut 11-1/4 x 11.  Printed by SSP.

Booklet pane of 20, Scott 3973a

Plate numbers used:  S1111

 

Scott 3974, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive vending booklet of 20, 2006 date, offset, die cut 11-1/4 x 11.  Printed by SSP.

Booklet pane of 20, Scott 3974a

Plate numbers used:  S1111 appears on the booklet itself; no plate numbers on the stamps or selvage.

 

Scott 3975, (39) Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive ATM pane of 18, 2006 date, die cut 8.  Printed by AV.

ATM pane of 18, Scott 3975a

Plate numbers used:  V1111

 

 

39 issues with denomination

Sheet stamps

 

Scott 3978, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive pane of 20, 2006 date, die cut 11-1/4 x 11 on four sides, offset with "USPS" microprinting.  Printed by APU.

Plate numbers used:  P1111

Note:  The same catalog number is assigned to the Ashton-Potter booklet stamps in both formats (double-sided booklet of 20 and convertible booklet of 10).  They are die cut 11-1/4 x 11 on 2 or 3 sides.

 

Coil stamps

Scott 3979, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag water-activated coil, 2006 date, gravure, perf 10 vertically; from rolls of 100, 3,000 and 10,000.  Printed by SSP.

Plate numbers used:  S1111 every 14 stamps

 

Scott 3980, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive stamp, 2006 date, gravure, die cut 11, rounded corners, from rolls of 100, 3,000 and 10,000.  Printed by AV.

Plate numbers used:  V1111 every 11 stamps (coil of 100); V1111 every 10 stamps (coils of 3,000 and 10,000)

 

Scott 3981, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive coil, 2006 date, offset with "USPS" microprinting, die cut 9.5 vertically; from rolls of 100.  Printed by APU.  Except for the plate number, these are identical to the coil stamps produced by SSP.

Plate numbers used:  P1111 every 31 stamps

 

Scott 3981, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive stamp, 2006 date, gravure, serpentine die cut 9.5 vertically; from rolls of 100, 3,000 and 10,000.  Printed by SSP.  Except for the plate number, these are identical to the coil stamps produced by APU.

Plate numbers used:  S1111 every 14 stamps

 

These have also been produced in a variation where the coils were stuck together in "sticks."

Plate numbers used:  S1111 every 14 stamps

 

Scott 3981a, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive stamp, 2006 date, gravure, die cutting omitted error.

 

Scott 3982, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive coil stamp, 2006 date, serpentine die cut 10 vertically.  Printed by SSP.

Plate numbers used:  S1111 every 14 stamps.

 

Scott 3983, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive coil stamp, 2006 date, photogravure without microprinting, coils of 100, serpentine die cut 8-1/2 vertically.  Printed by AV.

Plate numbers used:  V1111 every 11 stamps

 

 

 

Booklet stamps

 

Scott 3978, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive booklet, 2006 date, die cut 11-1/4 x 11 on 2 or 3 sides.  Printed by Ashton-Potter USA (APU)

Convertible booklet of 10, Scott 3978a

Plate numbers used:  P1111, P2222

Double-sided convertible booklet of 20, Scott 3978b

Plate numbers used:  P1111

 

Scott 3985, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive booklet stamp, 2006 date, photogravure without microprinting, serpentine die cut 11-1/4 x 10-3/4 on 2 or 3 sides.  Printed by AV.

Double-sided convertible booklet of 20, Scott 3985a

Plate numbers used:  V1111

 

Scott 39xx, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag self-adhesive vending booklet stamp, 2006 date, photogravure without microprinting, serpentine die cut 11 on 2 or 3 sides.  Printed by AV.

Vending booklet of 20, Scott 39xxa

Plate numbers used:  V1111

 

 

Scott 39xx, 39 Lady Liberty and Flag ATM panel, 2006 date.  Printed by xx.

Plate numbers used: 

 

 

 

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