The Value of the Stamp

1015 Scotts - US Postage Stamps

3¢ Deep blue and carmine
INTERNATIONAL RED CROSS ISSUE
Rotary Press Printing - Perf. 11 x 10 ½
Scott #1016 - 1952
Current Value = less than $1

Used stamps are worth less than 25 cents

Statistics and Facts


Issued:
New York, NY - November 21st, 1952

1015  First Day Cover United States Postage stamps

First day cover

Plate Size: Sheets of 200 (4 panes of 50) on electric eye plates.

1016 pane Scotts - US Postage Stamps
Pane of 50

Printer: The Bureau of Printing and Engraving

Watermark: USPS, single lined

Quantity Issued: 136,220,000

What you should look for

1016 block Scotts - US Postage Stamps

Look for blocks of four or six,
MNH with the plate number as shown above.
Do not bother investing in graded stamps as they
only depreciate for this year.

1016 xmas cover - Scotts - US Postage Stamps

Above is a Christmas cover, this was the days before the Post Office realised that selling Christmas stamp was another profit opportunity. After the first Christmas stamp in 1963, the Post office issued so many that any Christmas stamp is usually worth much less than other issues of that year.

The above cover is a Dorothy Knapp cover, as can be seen in the lower right. She hand painted all her covers and they are now quite collectable and much sought after by those cover collectors. The above example sold for $500.

 

The Inspiration for the Design

1016-Red Cross Committee Geneva 1863 Scotts - US Postage Stamps


The founding committee of the Red Cross, Geneva, 1863

The stamp is simply one big mistake. the stamp would have been better off just celebrating the International Red Cross and left it at that. But to celebrate it on the 88th anniversary? Well that was the mistake, the stamp declares in big bold letters that the Red Cross was founded in 1864. Yet, back in 1952 it was well documented (you only had to ask the Red Cross) that the International Red Cross was founded in 1863, in Geneva, Switzerland. On the true anniversary of the founding of the International Red Cross, in 1963, the Bureau got it right and put the correct date on the stamp, see examples below.

1015 US Postage Stamps
The 1952 stamp showing the incorrect date of 1864

1239 Red Cross Scotts - US Postage Stamps
The 1963 stamp showing the correct date of 1863

Varieties to look for

There are no varities of #1016


The Essay's and Proofs

1016 1a Proof  Stamps
1016-1Pa
Die proof on india
Die sunk on card

VARIOUS ESSAY DESIGNS FOR #1016

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