Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Jamestown Triangular Stamp

In May 2007, the U.S. Postal Service introduced a triangular stamp honoring the quadricentennial, or four-hundred year anniversary, of the founding of Jamestown by English colonists. The settlement at Jamestown predated the more famous Plymouth Colony by thirteen years, yet many people incorrectly believe that the Pilgrims of Plymouth were the first settlers in America.

The stamp depicts the 1949 painting Susan Constant, Godspeed and Discovery by Griffith Baily Coale. The title refers to the names of the three ships that made the arduous 5-month journey from England under the leadership of Capt. Christopher Newport.

The United States Postal Service has issued triangular stamps only one other time -- for the Pacific '97 International Stamp Show. This set was composed of two triangular stamps, a red one depicting a stagecoach and a blue stamp showing a tall ship.

There is some anecdotal evidence that the Jamestown stamp issue may appreciate in value. The USPS sold out of the stamp sheet of 20 41-cent stamps quickly, and the $8.20 face value sheet is already selling for about $10 plus shipping on auction sites. Not bad for a stamp that was only issued 6 months ago (at the time of this writing).

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