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Commemorative Stamp Committee 2012

Commemorative Stamp Committee This Committee of the American Federation of Mineralogical Societies is responsible for the efforts to obtain stamps featuring subjects of interest such as minerals, fossils, gems and general geology. The Committee has been active for years and submits an annual report at the AFMS annual meeting.

Our current efforts are directed to trying to convince the United States Postal Service to produce stamps showing Birthstones. No stamps featuring gems have ever appeared on US commemorative stamps although there have been some beautiful ones produced by other countries. (There is a definitive $0.02 US stamp showing Turquoise Indian Jewelry in circulation now, not as a result of our efforts.) The mechanism is to encourage both AFMS members and the public at large to send requests to the Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (CSAC) of the United States Postal Service (USPS.) It is very difficult to succeed in getting any desired stamp. Only about one out of a thousand requests are approved. It took 10 years of lobbying efforts to get the first set of Mineral Stamps in 1974 and 18 years to get the second set in 1992! The USPS has rules by which CSAC, operates. They recommend adoption of stamp subjects, although the Postmaster General has final say. Rules say there will be no repeat subjects in 10 years.

Our message continues to be the same:

Regions: Keep promoting Birthstones on Stamps in your Federation. Publicize in your newsletter, urging member clubs to participate.

Clubs: Keep promoting Birthstones on Stamps. Publicize in your newsletter.

Useful materials are available:

A promotional flier has the USPS CSAC address and may be used to solicit individuals to support our efforts.

A petition form is useful for groups to sign. All AFMS Clubs are strongly encouraged to make copies of them. Use them at your club meetings, at your shows, and to groups your members might encounter such as when presenting talks at schools, to Boy or Girl Scouts, or at Nature Centers etc.

Use the Teacher - Student Information Page in working with Children. (It is also good for adults.)

A tent card for use with the fliers at your shows can also be used.

�Free, Take One� and �Sign Here� masters are available for you to use.

Non AFMS members are also requested to support the campaign. Although many of you may have previously written, do it again so we flood the USPS with requests.

Wendell C. Mohr,
Chair Commemorative Stamp Committee
Updated May 20, 2012


Commemorative Stamp Exhibit with Lauren Williams, AFMS President, at Promotional Exhibit at the July 2011 AFMS Convention in Syracuse NY.   AFMS Birthstones on Stamps Display for a Show 2012.

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bulletBirthstone Stamp Promotion Flyer 2012 (PDF 97k) Updated 05/28/2012
bulletBirthstone Poster 2012 (PDF 947k) Updated 05/28/2012
bulletKey To Birthstones (PDF 38k) Added 10/19/2008
bulletTent Sign for Petition 2012 (PDF 51k) Updated 05/28/2012
bullet Teacher, Student Information 2012 (764kb) Updated 05/28/2012
bullet Commemorative Stamp Committee Report May 20, 2012 (PDF 304k)
bullet Citizen's Stamp Advisory Committee May 20, 2012 (PDF 29k)
bulletPetition 2012 (PDF 115k) Updated 05/28/2012
bulletFREE TAKE ONE Sign (PDF 14k) Added 05/28/2012
bulletSign Here (PDF 11.6k) Added 05/28/2012
bullet Foreign Countries with Gemstone Stamps (PDF 28.7k) Added 05/28/2012

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Other Stamp Related Sites:

bulletPhilatelic Mineralogy - Gem, Rock, and Mineral Postage Stamps From Around the World

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