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H Rate Change Stamps – and a Modern Rarity!

Due to pending postal rate increases in 1998, the U.S. Postal Service issued a set of non-denominational stamps that feature “Uncle Sam’s hat.” The new postal rate was set at 33¢.  Seven different varieties were produced… and one surprise that surfaced later!

U.S. #3260 H Rate Change
U.S. #3260
H Rate Change

US #3264 H Rate Change Coil
US #3264
H Rate Change Coil
US #3265 H Rate Change Coil Square Corners, die cut 9.9
US #3265
H Rate Change Coil
Square Corners, die cut 9.9
US #3266 H Rate Change Coil Rounded corners, die cut 9.9
US #3266
H Rate Change Coil
Rounded corners, die cut 9.9
US #3267 H Rate Change booklet Die cut 9.9
US #3267
H Rate Change booklet
Die cut 9.9
US #3268 H Rate Change booklet Die cut 11.2 x 11.1
US #3268
H Rate Change booklet
Die cut 11.2 x 11.1
US #3269 H Rate Change booklet Die cut 8
US #3269
H Rate Change booklet
Die cut 8
Unissued H Rate Change Postcard Rate
Unissued H Rate Change
Postcard Rate

The “Yellow Hat” stamps were withdrawn before the new rate went into effect and never issued.  They were supposed to be destroyed – yet a few of them turned up in the fall of 1999 in postally used condition!  Only an estimated 230 H Rate stamps have been found to date – each a highly desirable modern rarity!

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  1. We have some H stamps which don’t have a date in the bottom left corner. There is just a short line there. How much are they worth?

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