September 5, 2005

The "H" Rate make-up stamp

This has got to be one of life's little annoyances. How much is an "H" stamp worth and how much is the "H" Rate make-up stamp worth? Who can remember? For an interesting read, checkout Paul Rubin's note on the whole debaucle. He writes:

The current 1¢ stamp is green with a rooster and is labeled “The ‘H’ Rate make-up stamp.”
That's good to know. Now, is it still worth a cent? You can learn more about the alphabetical stamp at an intriguing site called "Alphabetilately". I found the answer to my questions there:
Stamp Value Date of rate change
A 15 cents 5/29/78
B 18 cents 3/22/81
C 20 cents 11/1/81 (!)
D 22 cents 2/17/85
E 25 cents 4/3/88
F 29 cents 2/3/91
... F makeup rate 4 cents  
G 32 cents 1/1/95
... G makeup rate 3 cents  
H 33 cents 1/10/99
... H makeup rate 1 cent  
(no I stamp) 34 cents 1/7/01
A postcard, by the way, costs 23 cents to mail.

Posted by torque at September 5, 2005 10:31 AM | TrackBack


Thanks for posting this. I was cleaning, don't ask me why, and found some H stamps with the new rate increase I was wondering how to use them.

Posted by: Gary at January 3, 2006 9:53 AM

I was wondering what this H Rate stamp was worth. Even the post office told me the wrong amount! I'm going to put them all on one letter and get rid of them!
Thanks for the info.

Posted by: Meg at February 21, 2006 12:32 PM

Thanks Tim so much for posting this information. These Alphabet Stamps are totally crazy!
Thanks Again, Mimi

Posted by: Mimi 7 at April 10, 2006 7:29 PM

Thank you so much!! now I can get rid of this stamps

Posted by: Carolina at August 14, 2006 10:59 AM

Good job!

Posted by: Markus at December 13, 2006 1:13 AM
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