Get an Instant Rate Change Stamp Collection
Rate Change stamps are in interesting area of collecting. They were issued to fulfill postal needs between when postage rates changed and when new stamps reflecting the new rate could be released. Over the years there have been dozens of rate change stamps issues, some with very similar designs in multiple formats. But I have good news – you can get an instant collection of 144 rate change stamps in one convenient step. No hunting different formats – you’ll get them all at once.
The History of Rate Change Stamps
The first rate change stamps were Christmas stamps. Because postage rates for late 1975 were uncertain, both Christmas stamps were issued with no denomination; they were the first non-denominated US stamps.
As postal costs increased, the USPS began to increase their rates for the various classes of mail. Before becoming effective, however, these rate increases had to be submitted to the Postal Rate Commission for approval. Often, the PRC would take as much as a year conducting studies and compiling data before accepting or rejecting the changes. If the rate increase was approved, the Postal Service then had to rush to design and produce the new stamps.
In 1975, after the rate had changed from 10¢ to 13¢, the Postal Service printed a new non-denominated stamp so it would be ready and waiting for the next rate change. A letter of the alphabet was used to represent the unknown rate, so the stamps could meet customer demand until new definitives bearing the actual rate were printed. When the rate increased in 1978 from 13¢ to 15¢, the first letter rate change stamps bearing the A denomination were put into use. Alphabet rate change stamps continued into the late 1990s, with denomination of A through H. After that, rate change stamps were labeled “First Class” in place of those letters.
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