When Was the First Forever Stamp Issued?


Forever Stamp Liberty BellThe first Forever Stamp, which depicted the Liberty Bell, was placed on sale on April 12, 2007. A first day of issue ceremony was held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. By 2011, all first-class one ounce stamps became forever stamps with the exception of some stamps that were sold in coils of 500, 3,000, and 10,000. 

Forever Stamps can be used to mail a one-ounce letter regardless of when the stamps are purchased or used and no matter how prices may change in the future; hence the name. They are are always sold at the regular First-Class Mail rate prevailing at the time of sale. For example, the Gregory Hines Forever Stamp, first placed on sale on January 28, 2019, was sold at a price of 55 cents.


What is the Value of a Forever Stamp?

According to the US Postal Service, “The value of the Forever Stamp is the domestic First-Class Mail letter price in effect on the day of use.”


Can I Use a Forever Stamp on International Mail?

Yes, but . . .

You can can use Forever Stamps for international mail, but since all international prices are higher than domestic prices, you’ll need to attach additional postage.


Do People Collect Forever Stamps?

Gregory Hines Forever StampThe short answer is that, of course, lots of people collect lots of different things, so naturally some people do collect Forever Stamps, though generally they are not as popular with stamp collectors as non-Forever Stamps.