Transportation Series

A ground-breaking stamp was quietly issued on May 18, 1981. For the first time in U.S. history, a coil stamp featured its own unique design rather than simply copying that of the current definitive stamp. Fifty more coil stamps would be issued over the course of the next 15 years, each picturing a different mode of transportation.

The various denominations provided face values to exactly match the rates for several categories of Third Class mail (bulk rate and quanity-discounted mail). As the rates changed, new stamps with new values were added. Never before had a stamp series included so many fractional cent values.

Most of the stamps in the Transportation Series were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing, although a few were printed by private contractors. All but a few of the later stamps were produced by engraved intaglio. Differences in precancels, tagging, paper and gum provide a large number of varieties.

1897
1897A
1898
1898A

1899
1900
1901
1902
1903
1904
1905
1906
1907
1908
2123
2124
2125
2126
2127
2128
2129
2130
2131
2132
2133
2134
2135
2136
2225
2226
2228
2252

U.S. #2225 features the same design as U.S. #1897. This re-engraved version has a larger numeral “1”, while the central design was made smaller. The “USA” came after the value instead of preceding it, and the cent mark entirely disappeared.  On the Locomotive stamp, the numeral “2” was enlarged to twice its original size.  The cent sign was eliminated and the “USA” was moved behind the numerical value, changing the “USA 2¢” to “2 USA.”  The Stagecoach design retained the cent sign and kept the “USA” in front of the denomination.  However, the stagecoach design and lettering were made smaller.

2253
2254
2255
2256
2257
2258
2259
2260
2261
2262
2263
2264
2265
2266
2451
2452
2452B
2452D
2453
2454

Although a reissue of the gravure coil stamp of 1992, this 5¢ Circus Wagon stamp bears several distinct design changes. While the original stamp’s denomination used a zero to indicate that it was a cent value, the new stamp uses a cent sign. Like the other 1995 stamps, this issue also has the year printed at the bottom of its design. A plate number appears on the front of every 14th stamp, while “counting” numbers, another new addition, appear on the back of every 10th stamp.

2457
2458
2463
2464
2466
2468

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