Types of Stamps

Commemoratives – (for example – Black Heritage/Presidents)

  • Stamps that honor anniversaries, important people, or special events.

  • Sometimes issued in sets of stamps.

  • Larger than definitives

  • Printed in smaller quantities

Definitives – (for example – Flags/Butterflies)

  • Regular issues of postage stamps, usually sold over long periods of time.

  • No special purpose for the stamp except to pay postage.

  • Smaller stamps

  • Often printed in very high quantity – billions 

Source The Magical World of Stamp Collecting. 2018, ATA