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MARCH 2017

** NEW ** March 27: The March iss of Plate Numbers is in the mail to all members. The closing date for the mail auction is April 10.

** NEW ** March 27: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

** NEW ** March 6: The pages for plate number singles of Revenue stamps have been redone, with additional examples illustrated. Check out the Revenues, Documentary, Proprietary, and Stock Transfer and Other pages.

FEBRUARY 2017

February 19: Special Delivery issues redone, with color varieties and misperf examples added. Details on the SpecDel page.

February 6: New Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

February 6: The name change of longtime stamp printer Sennett to BCA has caused some recent reprints to be issued with new plate numbers. There's a new plate number for the Breast Cancer Awareness semipostal, Scott B5, and for the Stars and Stripes bulk rate presort coil, Scott 4963a (with the plate number appearing on Scott 4962). Details on the 2017 page.

JANUARY 2017

January 29: New plate numbers, additional information about upcoming 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

January 22: Postage rates go back up, restored to the previous Forever rate of 49¢ for a one-ounce first-class letter.

January 19: The ending date for the auction in the January issue of Plate Numbers has been extended to January 25.

January 8: Plate Numbers issue #1 for 2017 in the mail to all APNSS members. Members who subscribe to an electronic version can check their email inbox for the latest issue. The ending date for the auction is January 20.

January 8: New plate number reported for 2¢ Washington offset perf 11, Scott 528B. APNSS member Eric Chaulsett sent a scan of the discovery copy, a used bottom PNS of plate number 12397. This plate number had previously been listed as "unreported" in Durland and Hebert's.

January 8: New plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about upcoming 2017 issues. Details on the 2017 page.

January 8: Plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about final 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

NOVEMBER 2016

November 6: New plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

OCTOBER 2016

The October issue of Plate Numbers, the APNSS newsletter, is in the mail to all members. Be sure to check out the APNSS auction. Closing date is October 22. Note: Closing date extended to November 5.

October 6: New plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

SEPTEMBER 2016

September 17: New plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

JULY 2016

The July issue of Plate Numbers, the APNSS newsletter, is in the mail to all members. Be sure to check out the APNSS auction. Closing date is August 22.

JUNE 2016

June 15: New plate numbers, new Scott catalogue numbers assigned, additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

APRIL 2016

The April issue of Plate Numbers, the APNSS newsletter, is in the mail to all members. Be sure to check out the APNSS auction.

MARCH 2016

March 13: Additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

March 10: Scott catalogue numbers assigned for January and some February issues. Details on the 2016 page.

FEBRUARY 2016

February 16: Additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

February 16: We are seeing the return of plate number prefix "B" for stamps printed by Banknote Corporation of America (BCA), which owns Sennett Security Printers (SSP). However, upcoming coil, booklet and regular stamps continue to have the "S" prefix as well.

February 5: Eric Chaulsett reported two new plate number discoveries from lots he purchased from the Nogle collection. They are: a used R single of Scott 408 p#5916, and a used T plate strip of 3 of Scott 409 p#6062. They will be listed in the next edition of the Hebert's Catalogue..

JANUARY 2016

January 9: New plate number single examples and upgraded images for Private Printer Prefixes. Details on the Examples page.

January 9: New plate number single examples, corrections and upgraded images for the Special Handling issues of 1925, 1928 and 1955. Details on the Examples page. Thanks to Bob Rufe for sharing his expertise on these issues and some plate number single images.

January 9: New plate number single examples and upgraded images for the 1913 Parcel Post issues. Details on the Examples page.

January 9: Additional Scott catalog numbers assigned for final 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

January 9: SPOTLIGHT page updated for the most recent Purple Heart issue. Details on the Examples page.

January 9: Additional information about upcoming 2016 issues. Details on the 2016 page.

DECEMBER 2015

December 23: The latest issue of Plate Numbers is now in the mail to our members. Members who subscribe to an electronic version can check their email in box. The closing date for the auction is January 15, 2016.

Ballots for APNSS elections for officers and directors are in the mail to all paid-up members. We are electing president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, plus three At Large board members.

NOVEMBER 2015

November 26: New plate number single examples and upgraded images for the National Bank Note issues. Details on the Examples page.

November 25: There are reports of a new Purple Heart variety: self adhesive pane of 20 with 2014 date but printed by Sennett with plate number S111111. Please confirm reports if you have a copy. Details on the 2015 page.

November 25: New SPOTLIGHT page created for the various Purple Heart issues. Details on the Examples page.

November 15: Additional Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

November 5: Proposed issues for 2016 announced. Details on the 2016 page.

OCTOBER 2015

October 7: Additional Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

SEPTEMBER 2015

September 7: Additional Scott catalog numbers reported for recent 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

September 5: The latest issue of Plate Numbers is now in the mail to our members. Members who subscribe to an electronic version can check their email in box.

September 4: The reissued Spectrum Eagles coil is now in collector hands. One dealer purchased a coil of 10,000 and describes the plate number sequence as follows: Yes, the plate number interval is 27, and it always appears on a red stamp. How is this possible with six differnt designs, Red - Orange - Green - Dark Green - Blue - Violet? Away from the plate number strip, they have inserted three extra Red, Orange and Green stamps. Those who collect plate number strips will probably save a strip of 7 (Dark Green - Blue - Violet - RED - Orange - Green - Dark Green. Those of us who collect plate number singles will be happy with the slightly more frequent occurrence of the stamp with the plate number than the 2012 version

September 1: CCL will no longer be printing U.S. stamps, the result of a USPS decision to reduce the number of security printing vendors from three to two. CCL printed a number of issues between 2012 and 2015 and used the "C" prefix for their plate numbers. Since there were no issues or concerns with the quality of their work, I predict we'll see them printing stamps again in the future.

AUGUST 2015

August 29: Additional plate numbers reported for recent 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

JULY 2015

July 12: Additional plate numbers and Scott catalogue numbers reported for recent 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

JUNE 2015

June 13: Additional plate numbers reported for upcoming 2015 rate change issues. Details on the 2015 page.

MAY 2015

May 28: Additional plate numbers reported for upcoming 2015 rate change issues. Details on the 2015 page.

May 26: USPS offers a reprint of the 1¢ Tiffany Lamp pane of 20, 2008 date, with new plate number S22222. The original printing in 2008 had plate number S11111, plus PPD, Copyright notice and other marginal markings on the front. The reprint has PPD and Copyright notice moved to the back, in keeping with current practice for new issues. Details on the 2015 page.

May 20: Some issues to meet the upcoming rate changes for post cards, additional ounce, 2-ounce, 3-ounce and global airmail rates announced. The one-ounce first class rate remains unchanged at 49¢. Postcards go up to one cent to 35¢, additional ounce goes up one cent to 22¢ (so 2 ounces now 71¢, 3 ounces now 93¢), non-machinable surcharge goes up one cent to 22¢ (meaning 71¢ for one ounce non-machinable, coincidentally same as 2 ounce rate). Details on the 2015 page.

May 15: Additional plate numbers reported for new 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

APRIL 2015

April 16: The latest issue of Plate Numbers can be found in your inbox, for members who are email subscribers. For those who still get printed copies, they are on the way in the mail.

April 15: APNSS member Larry Johnson sent an example of the Spectrum Eagle coil with plate number V11112. This new number was first reported in August 2014 but until Larry's photo I had not seen a copy. Check out your incoming "junk" mail to see if you get a copy. The plate number is on the purple/red/orange stamp, Scott 4588.

MARCH 2015

March 15: Additional plate numbers reported for new 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

FEBRUARY 2015

February 22: Additional plate numbers reported for new 2015 issues. Details on the 2015 page.

February 22: Some corrections to the die cut gauges and microprinting on the Star Spangled Banner booklet stamps. Details on the 2014 page.

February 8: Stamp program for 2015 announced, new plate numbers reported and Scott catalog numbers assigned. Details on the 2015 page.

February 8: New plate numbers reported and Scott catalog numbers assigned. Details on the 2014 page.

JANUARY 2015

January 8: New plate numbers reported and Scott catalog numbers assigned. Final details for 2014 on the 2014 page.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Always:  Pre-orders being taken for 2017 edition of Hebert's Catalog of Plate Number Singles

Now:  Renew your APNSS dues if your mailing label expiration date says April 2017 or earlier.

APNSS membership application forms will be available at the MSDA show in Prospect Heights, Illinois, a northwest suburb of Chicago. This show is frequently attended by several dealers with good stock of classic and modern plate number material.

January 2017:  Plate Numbers issue #1 for 2017.

March 2017 (planned):  Plate Numbers issue #2 for 2017.

 

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