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Plate Number Coil Pages
Plate Number Coil Pages (or "PNC Pages") are Souvenir Pages or Cancellation Pages that have a coil stamp with a plate number affixed to the Page and cancelled on the First Day of Issue. The coil stamp is generally the stamp being issued on the Page, but can also be an additional coil stamp affixed only to increase the total value of postage on the Page to meet or exceed the current first class postage rate. Both types of Pages are desirable to collectors of these items.
Multiple plate numbers are printed for some coil stamp issues when there are different printings of the stamp. Collectors of PNC Pages attempt to collect multiple Pages showing all of the available plate numbers known to exist. Some collectors are also interested in the position of the stamp that has the plate number when there are multiple stamps affixed to the Page. A plate number on the first stamp of a strip is referred to as "position 1" (or "pos 1"), the second stamp of a strip or pair is referred to as "position 2", etc. While it is perfectly acceptable to build a collection with one Page for each plate number printed, advanced collectors want to have one Page for each plate number printed in each position in the strip of stamps, and specialists want those multiple Pages for each watermark on the Page!
The ASPPP maintains a spreadsheet checklist of PNC Pages that you can download that shows every possible plate number and position that could exist on Pages, as well as a column to identify those PNC Pages that are known to exist in collectors hands. We ask for the assistance of all Page collectors to examine your own collections and report to us if you have a Page that has NOT been known to exist. Finds like these are of signigicant interest to PNC Page collectors, and often turn up years later. There is a form at the bottom of this webpage to submit PNC Page finds. Any corrections or additional information can also be emailed to PNCPages@asppp.org.
This is an example showing the rows for the 3-cent Hardcar PNC Page 83-09. The Handcar coil stamp was printed with plate numbers 2, 3 and 4. A strip of 2 stamps was affixed to the Souvenir Page, so each Plate Number could appear in position 1 or position 2. The "X" in the position 1 and 2 cells (boxes) allows you to quickly see what positions are possible for each plate number (the remaining positions are blacked-out for this Page since they can't possibly exist on a strip of 2 coil stamps.) The "K" column is "Known" to exist in all positions except for Plate Number 2 in position 1, which has a red-filled cell without an "X". Could your collection be hiding that last possible 3-cent Handcar PNC Page?
To download the current ASPPP Microsoft Excel spreadsheet list of all possible PNC Pages, fill in the fields below and click "submit":
We hope you find this spreadsheet useful. It lists all PNC Pages that could exist through March 2019, last updated with discoveries found through March 29, 2020.
It will be updated again as new Pages are produced or new information is received.
To report a new find or any errors, corrections or additions, fill in the fields below and click "submit report":