2014 $19.99 USS Arizona Memorial Imperforate
It was a date that will live in infamy – the day Japan launched its attack on America, forcing our neutral nation into war. And it was the most infamous day in the USS Arizona’s history.
On the morning of December 7, 1941, the crew of the Arizona went about their daily duties. But shortly before 8:00 a.m., Japanese planes appeared overhead and began bombarding Pearl Harbor. Less than two hours later, the attack was over. The Arizona had been struck four times and had sunk. The ship lost 1,177 of its crew – about half the lives lost that day.
Salvage efforts began almost immediately. What was recovered was reused on other ships to support the war effort. However, the hull and two gun turrets sat submerged in 40 feet of water. Following the war, a committee began lobbying to create a monument above the Arizona’s remains. After President Dwight D. Eisenhower established the site as a national memorial in 1958, public and private donations were used to finance it. Among the fundraising efforts was a benefit concert by Elvis Presley that collected over $50,000. The memorial was finally dedicated in 1962.
Up to nine quarts of oil continue to leak from the Arizona each day. Visitors have come to call this murky water surrounding the memorial “black tears” or “tears of the Arizona.”
Dan Cosgrove created the illustration for the stamp.
$19.99 USS Arizona Memorial, Issued to pay the Priority Mail Express rate.
Issue Date: March 13, 2014
City: Honolulu, HI
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Lithographed in sheets of 90 with 9 panes of 10 per sheet
The USS Arizona Memorial stamp is the 13th in the American Landmarks series. The series began in 2008 with the Mount Rushmore Priority Mail stamp.
Scarce Modern Imperforates
The modern imperforate stamps are one of the hottest stories around. In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service released some issues as press sheets. The sheets with die cut perforations were issued in limited quantities.
To the surprise of many collectors, officials then issued a small number of press sheets without perforations. The uncut sheets were only available in Kansas City, Missouri, yet most sold out immediately. In an instant, the imperforate stamp sheets became modern rarities. For example, only 75,000 Baseball All-Star se-tenant sheets were issued compared to 118,000 Bugs Bunny sheets with the 10th stamp imperforate.
In a controversial move, the editors of Scott Catalogue announced they would not list or give numbers to these stamps because they did not fit Scott guidelines. This decision was strongly debated since the imperforate stamps are valid for postage. They eventually decided to give the stamps minor numbers and have continued issuing imperforates in the years since.
Because they were issued in such limited quantities, these scarce modern imperforates can be difficult to find. Luckily Mystic purchased a small number of each imperforate stamp issued so you can add these modern rarities to your collection. Be one of the lucky few – order today.