(w/o "APC") April 2004 Scott CVP54-55
Service Designation under Bar Code
photo of an APC Vending Machine)
APC Stamp (w/ "APC")
November 2004 Scott CVP56-68
Postal Service Designation Under Value
Use of Second APC Design 19 November 2004
56 #4 Winter 2004/2005)
(w/vertical serial number) October 2006
The APC was introduction in April of 2004. Stamps could be purchased
as singles or groups of five. The stamp is dated with the "Date of
Sale" but may be used anytime and anywhere in the US, much like a traditional postage stamp.
In November 2004 (19 November may have been the First
Day) the letters "APC" began to
appear vertically near the pink strip and the format changed. On this
day printing options changed to allow only single
stamp printing. This change also is reported to have initiated the
Minimum Postage Fee discussed below. The first two letters of the
number below the barcode usually indicates the type of postal service
In October 2006
the serial number moved to a vertical position to the right of the
stamp. This may only appear when the full mailing label is printed.
stamp can be printed with or without a designation of the type of postal
Values printed can follow strictly the
service type and weight of item and this is how Scott catalogs them.
Stamps can be printed in any amount
desired to accommodate items that already have stamps but need more
(click each image to view an enlargement)
APC stamps and Receipts
During the 11 Cent Fee Period
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|APC Fee Period
Starting on 19 November, 2004 the APC's in US Post Offices were set to charge a
Minimum Postage Fee for First Class Mail (FCM) for the first oz.
The APC would print a 50 cent stamp for the 37 cent postage plus the 13
cent fee. If the FCM item was over one oz the fee was not
charged. Also, if the item was over one oz and the customer
indicated that there were stamps on the envelope/parcel but more postage
was needed, then the APC would print amounts smaller than 50 cents and
no fee would be charged. Some collectors used this as a way to
trick the APC to print values smaller than 50 cents.
Thus, from 19 November 2004 until 8 January, 2006 while the FCM rate
was 37 cents, the fee was 13 cents. After 8 January when the FCM rate
became 39 cents and until 4 March 2006 the fee was 11 cents. The
fee was discontinued ca 4 March 2006 after collectors and users complained.
While a 50 cent stamp from this period most likely paid a fee, the best
way to demonstrate this is with the receipt.