Own Three Scarce and Beautifully Engraved Panama-Pacific Stamps
The Panama-Pacific stamps of 1913-15 have such an interesting story. They were issued to promote a world’s fair. They were produced with two different size perforations. Plus, they were some of the longest-selling US commemoratives. Now’s your chance to own three scarce Panama-Pacific stamps (US #400, 403 and 404) with small imperfections that save you hundreds off Mystic’s U.S. Stamp Catalog prices.
Stamps Promoted the Grand Panama-Pacific Exposition
In 1913, the US Post Office issued a set of four stamps to promote the upcoming 1915 Panama-Pacific Exposition. The expo was a world’s fair that celebrated the discovery of the Pacific Ocean and completion of the Panama Canal. The Panama-Pacific Series remained current for nearly three years – longer than any other commemoratives!
US #400 – Scarcer than the Price Suggests
The 10¢ Discovery of San Francisco Bay stamp was actually issued three times! The original stamp, #400, was issued in 1913 in a pale orange yellow color. Shortly after the stamp’s issue, it was determined its color was too light. Plans were made to change it to a darker shade. On August 25, 1913 – just over seven months after it went on sale – #400 was removed from sale and all remaining quantities were destroyed. A deeper orange version was issued in its place, and designated #400A. Because so many #400 stamps were destroyed, it can be difficult to find today. As for the third version of this stamp...
Post Office Responds to Customer Complaints
When the Panama-Pacific stamps were first issued in 1913, they had 12 perforations per two centimeters. However, people began to complain that the stamps were too brittle, and sheets fell apart easily. The Post Office listened to these concerns and decided to start issuing stamps with 10 perforations per two centimeters. The Panama-Pacific stamps were some of the first to be issued with the new perforations. However, collectors at the time weren’t aware of the change, so the newer issues were largely ignored and are hard to find today. Because collectors had already purchased the first two versions, US #404 went largely unnoticed and is the most valuable stamp in the series.
US #403 is considered by some to be one of the most attractive stamps ever!
Some collectors even think its superior to the 5¢ stamp from the Pan-American series – despite the two-color printing of the latter stamp.
Act now to get the scarce and affordable US #400, 403 and 404 Pan-Pacific stamps into your collection. These stamps have small imperfections that don’t detract from their beauty or collectability, but save you hundreds off Mystic’s U.S. Stamp Catalog prices.