and Postal History Primer
Types of Stamps - Souvenir Sheets
Types of Stamps -
Souvenir Sheets consist
of one or more stamps printed for a specific event or purpose. The margins
usually contain an inscription and/or design describing the purpose of the
issue as shown on the Endangered Species
Souvenir Sheet issued on October 2, 1996 - Scott Catalog #3105. Single
Stamps from this souvenir sheet are numbered 3105a to 3105o.
A souvenir sheet might contain only one stamp as in
the Landing on the Moon
souvenir sheet which has a single $11.75 stamp and covered the express mail
rate in 2000.
NOTE: It would
probably be more correct to refer to Souvenir Sheets as
An actual full sheet
of stamps contains from 200 to 400 stamps and generally
consists of 4 to 6 panes
of 50 to 100 stamps each. A full sheet comes right off the printing press
and is not available from your local post office, but can be purchased at
the USPS Philatelic Center in Kansas City, Missouri. Panes can be purchased
at any Post Office branch, however they are commonly referred to as sheets.