1998 32¢ + 8¢ Breast Cancer Research Semi-Postal
US #B1 pictures the mythical “goddess of the hunt” – a symbol of strength.

On July 29, 1998, the USPS issued its first Semipostal stamp to fund breast cancer research.

Semipostal stamps are issued to serve a double purpose. Priced higher than regular postage, they pay the current postal rate, but they also contribute a portion of their cost to a charitable cause.

2014 49¢ & 11¢ Breast Cancer Research
US #B5 – The 2014 Breast Cancer Research Stamp

The world’s first semipostals were issued in 1897 by New South Wales, a British colony that is now part of Australia. A surcharge over the regular postal rate was added to stamps commemorating Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee. The revenue generated by this additional fee was used to build the Queen Victoria Home for Consumptives, for victims of tuberculosis. Those first Semipostals carried a surcharge equal to twelve times the normal postal value!

On August 13, 1997, President Bill Clinton signed the Stamp Out Breast Cancer Act, which directed the Postal Service to create a special first class postage stamp. This issue could be priced at 25 percent above regular first class rates. As the first US Semipostal stamp, the Breast Cancer Research issue cost 40 cents while carrying a postage value of 32 cents. Of the extra eight cents, 70 percent went to the National Institute of Health, and 30 percent funded medical research by the Department of Defense.

1998 32¢ + 8¢ Breast Cancer Research Semi-Postal Combination First Day Cover
US #B1 – Combination First Day Cover

Between its original issue date in 1998 and June 2014, the Breast Cancer Research stamp raised over $78.9 million. The stamp was reissued in 2014 with a postage value of 49¢ and a surcharge of 11¢. As of this year, both stamps have raised over $95.8 million for breast cancer research.

Breast Cancer Awareness Stamps & FDCs
Item #M10476 – Collection of Breast Cancer Awareness stamps and First Day Covers
1998-2019 U.S. Semi-Postal Stamps, plus FREE 2014 Imperforate Semi-Postal, 8 stamps
US #B1/B7 – Complete Set of US Semipostals, including FREE imperforate Breast Cancer Research stamp

Click the images below to read about other US Semipostals and to add them to your collection.

US #B2 – Heroes of 2001 – over $10.5 million raised

US #B3 – Stop Family Violence – over $3.1 million raised

US #B4 – Save Vanishing Species – over $7.4 million raised

2017 49¢ & 11¢ Semipostal - Alzheimer's Research
US #B6 – Alzheimer’s Research – $1.4 million raised

2019 55¢ & 10¢ Healing PTSD Semi-Postal
US #B7 – Healing PTSD – $1.8 million raised
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