The number of stamps to a sheet varies, depending
upon the size of the stamps. Sheets of ordinary postage
stamps and postage-due stamps consist of 100 stamps
per sheet. Stamps such as commemorative stamps and
certain other various denominations usually consist of
50 stamps per sheet or other amounts per sheet as
announced in the Postal Bulletin.
Books of stamps are sold for protection and
convenience. The stamps are self-adhesive and are
protected to prevent the stamps from sticking together.
When ordering books of stamps, refer to Module R of
the DMM for current available denominations.
Stamps are issued in coils for use by customers
who find this method more convenient to use than
loose stamps, sheets, or books of stamps. MPOs stock
100-stamp coils. Postage at the First-Class letter rate,
stamped card rate, and ordinary postage in several of
the lower denominations are available in coils. Stock
only those denominations in coils that your customers
request. Also, never open coils because they must be
sold intact for the total stamp value. Stamp dispensers
to hold coils of 100 stamps may be purchased by postal
customers from MPOs.
KINDS OF STAMPS
The Postal Operations Manual (POM) divides
postal adhesive-backed stamps into three basic types,
according to the purpose for which they are intended.
The types are as follows:
· Regular (Definitive) stamps
· Commemorative stamps
· Special stamps
Some information on each of these stamps appears
below, including the purpose and forms of issue.
The largest quantity of stamps in your fixed credit
account will be in regular stamps. Regular stamps are
issued in denominations ranging from $.01 to $5.
There is also an Express Mail stamp that currently is in
the denomination of $11.75.
shorebased post offices stock Express Mail stamps.
You will not need all the different denominations
available and should only stock those denominations
that fit the needs of your postal customers. However,
you should keep a varied amount of higher value
stamps on hand for parcels that you accept for mailing.
Regular stamps may be used to pay for
registration, certified mail, insurance fees, and special
handling. In fact, they may be used for any mailing
charge. They should be kept in constant supply for
ordinary postal needs.
Commemorative stamps are issued in observance
of historical events, to honor noted persons, and to
emphasize topics of national importance or interest.
Each issue is printed in limited quantities to be sold for
a limited period of time. Commemorative stamps do
not replace regular stamps but are sold upon request,
New commemorative stamp issues are announced
by notices in the Postal Bulletin. These notices should
be displayed in post office lobbies for customers to see.
Each MPO should have commemoratives on hand.
Special stamps supplement each years regular
issue. They include the Love and Holiday stamps.
Each year the USPS announces by notices in the Postal
Bulletin the availability and sale dates of holiday
stamps. MPOs should order these stamps early.
Q8-1. Uncanceled United States postage stamps
may be used for postage if they were printed
after what year?
Postage stamps of foreign countries may not
be used as postage for U.S. domestic mail.
List the four different forms of adhesive
postage stamps available for purchase.
What is the maximum number of regular
postage stamps that make up a sheet?
What is the purpose of selling postage stamps
in book form?
How many postage stamps make up a coil?
Postal Clerks should not open coils because
they should be sold intact for the total stamp