Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps From
The United States of America


Official Name: The United States of America
National Name: The United States of America
Alternate Names: America; United States; U.S.; U.S.A.
Monetary Units: 1 dollar (U.S.$) = 100 cents (c).
Location: North America; bordered by Canada (north); North Atlantic Ocean (east); Gulf of Mexico, Mexico (south); North Pacific Ocean (west).
Mineral Resources: Coal, copper, lead, molybdenum, phosphates, uranium, bauxite, gold, iron, mercury, nickel, potash, silver, tungsten, zinc, petroleum.



United States Scott 1146
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 1146
4 cents
18 Feb 1960

Illustration of snowflake.



United States Scott 1538 United States Scott 1539
Quartz (var. Agate; Petrified Wood)
United States
Scott 1538
10 cents
Tourmaline; Quartz
United States
Scott 1539
10 cents
 
United States Scott 1540 United States Scott 1541
Quartz (var. Amethyst)
United States
Scott 1540
10 cents
Rhodochrosite
United States
Scott 1541
10 cents

This set of 4 stamps was issued on 13 Jun 1974.
The petrified wood shown on Scott 1538 is sawed and polished.
The remaining stamps show natural, unpolished mineral specimens.



United States Scott 2700 United States Scott 2701
Azurite
United States
Scott 2700
29 cents
Copper
United States
Scott 2701
29 cents
 
United States Scott 2702 United States Scott 2703
Variscite
United States
Scott 2702
29 cents
Wulfenite
United States
Scott 2703
29 cents

This set of 4 stamps was issued on 17 Sep 1992.
All stamps show natural mineral specimens.
Scott 2700 shows an unpolished cross-section of an azurite nodule.
Scott 2702 shows a polished cross-section of a variscite nodule.
Scott 2701 and 2703 show natural, unpolished mineral specimens.



United States Scott 3750 United States Scott 3751 United States Scott 3752
Turquoise
United States
Scott 3750
2 cents
20 August 2004
Turquoise
United States
Scott 3751
2 cents
8 December 2005
Turquoise
United States
Scott 3752
2 cents
8 December 2005

These stamps show a turquoise and silver "squash-blossom" Navajo necklace.
Although the three stamps appear superficially identical, they have distinct differences.
Click HERE for a discussion of the differences among the three stamp varieties.



United States Scott 4101 United States Scott 4102 United States Scott 4101-4104 pane
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4101
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4102
39 cents
 
United States Scott 4103 United States Scott 4104
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4103
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4104
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4104a (4101-4104)
Pane of 20 stamps

This set of 4 stamps shows photomicrographs of snowflakes (ice crystals) and was issued on 5 Oct 2006
as single-sided panes of 20 stamps containing 5 instances of each stamp.
Attributes of the die-cut edges are used to distinguish individual stamps in the Scott 4101-4104 set from Scott 4105-4116:
1) All four edges of every individual stamp in the Scott 4101-4104 set are serpentine die-cut; and
2) The die-cut gauge is 11¼ by 11, which produces 12 die-cut peaks/valleys horizontally and 13 peaks/valleys vertically.
Additionally, the baseline of "2006" is significantly lower than the baseline of "USA 39" on Scott 4104-4104.



United States Scott 4105 United States Scott 4106 United States Scott 4105-4108 booklet outside
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4105
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4106
39 cents
 
United States Scott 4107 United States Scott 4108 United States Scott 4105-4108 booklet inside
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4107
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4108
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4108a (4105-4108)
Booklet of 20 stamps - outside (top) and inside (bottom)

This set of 4 stamps shows photomicrographs of snowflakes (ice crystals) and was issued on 5 Oct 2006
as double-sided booklets of 20 stamps containing 5 instances of each stamp.
Attributes of the die-cut edges are used to distinguish individual stamps in the Scott 4105-4108 set:
1) Every individual stamp in the Scott 4105-4108 set has one or two straight, die-cut edges; and
2) The serpentine die-cut gauge is 11¼ by 11½, which produces 12 die-cut peaks/valleys horizontally and 14 peaks/valleys vertically.
Additionally, the baseline of "2006" is approximately the same the baseline of "USA 39" on Scott 4105-4108.



United States Scott 4109 United States Scott 4110 United States Scott 4109-4112 booklet outside United States Scott 4109-4112 booklet inside
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4109
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4110
39 cents
 
United States Scott 4111 United States Scott 4112
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4111
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4112
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4112a (4109-4112)
Booklet of 20 stamps - outside (left) and inside (right)
(shown significantly reduced)

This set of 4 stamps shows photomicrographs of snowflakes (ice crystals) and was issued on 5 Oct 2006
as single-sided booklets of 20 stamps containing 5 instances of each stamp.
Attributes of the die-cut edges are used to distinguish individual stamps in the Scott 4109-4112 set:
1) Every individual stamp in the Scott 4109-4112 set has one or two straight, die-cut edges; and
2) The serpentine die-cut gauge is 11¼ by 11, which produces 12 die-cut peaks/valleys horizontally and 13 peaks/valleys vertically.
Additionally, the baseline of "2006" is approximately the same the baseline of "USA 39" on Scott 4109-4112.



United States Scott 4113 United States Scott 4114 United States Scott 4113-4116 pane front United States Scott 4113-4116 pane back
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4113
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4114
39 cents
 
United States Scott 4115 United States Scott 4116
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4115
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4116
39 cents
Ice (Snowflake)
United States
Scott 4116a (4113-4116)
ATM pane of 18 stamps - front (left) and back (right)
(shown significantly reduced)

This set of 4 stamps shows photomicrographs of snowflakes (ice crystals) and was issued on 5 Oct 2006
as single-sided ATM panes of 18 stamps containing 5 instances of Scott 4113 and 4114, and 4 instances of Scott 4115 and 4116.
Attributes of the die-cut edges are used to distinguish individual stamps in the Scott 4113-4116 set:
1) Every individual stamp in the Scott 4113-4116 set has zero, one, or two straight, die-cut edges; and
2) The serpentine die-cut gauge is 8 by 8, which produces 7 or 8 die-cut peaks/valleys horizontally and 8 or 9 peaks/valleys vertically.
Additionally, the baseline of "2006" is approximately the same the baseline of "USA 39" on Scott 4109-4112.



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