1998 33¢ H-Rate Hat
Booklet Pane of 18
Issue Date: November 9, 1998
City: Troy, NY
Printed By: Avery Dennison
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine die cut 9.9
This ATM-vended booklet pane of 18 features H-rate self-adhesive stamps.
Due to pending postal rate increases in 1998, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of non-denominational stamps that feature “Uncle Sam’s hat.” This stamp can be distinguished from its look-alikes by its 9.9 serpentine die cut perforations and the corners of the stamp. The new postal rate was set at 33¢.
The first day ceremonies took place in Troy, New York, the birthplace of “Uncle Sam,” a nickname for meat packer Samuel Wilson. He supplied meat to the Army during the War of 1812 in barrels stamped with U.S., which the soldiers joked stood for Uncle Sam.