identify and learn about US stamps

The 1847usa section of Stamp Smarter will help you identify and learn about US stamps. Much of this content was originally developed by Bob Allen; we owe a great deal of gratitude for his original efforts and allowing it to stay published.

Although 1847usa is an identification site and does not provide stamp values, you are probably wondering how much your stamp is worth. The first stop for most collectors is to look up the value in the Scott Catalogue, see LINN'S STAMP NEWS for more. Bear in mind that the values provided are prices dealers ask for nicely centered sound stamps. Stamps with small flaws or less than ideal centering will sell for much less. Recent editions have added a supplement that provides values by grade. The PSE PRICE GUIDE is an online guide that provides values by condition and centering. The POWER SEARCH at Robert A. Siegel Auction Galleries is an excellent tool for identification and auction realizations. The PHILATELIC FOUNDATION, which issues the PFC certificate, is generously sharing its certificate archive with the philatelic community.

visual FINDER

VISUAL indentifier for CLASSICS

  • Quick, Easy, and Intutive
  • 1847-1922 Regular Issues

Annual Finder

Finder By Year

  • Simple, Logical
  • 1847 - 1971 Regular Issues

Definitive Finder

FINDER FOR U.S. DefinitiveS

  • Organzied By Series
  • 1847 - 1971 Regular Issues

BOB FINDER

FINDER FOR U.S. BACK OF BOOK

  • Airmails, Special Delivery, Officials
  • Postage Dues, Parcel Posts

Wash/Frank Finder

Finder For Wasington/Franklins

  • identify Washington/Franklin stamps
  • 1908-1922 Regular Issues

POP-Up Finder

FINDER FOR U.S. DefinitiveS

  • Organzied By Series
  • 1847 - 1971 Regular Issues