VINTAGE UNUSED POSTAGE STAMP SHEET 1974 10 CENT MINERAL HERITAGE
Ideal for framing, collecting or using as valid postage!
On June 13, 1974, the US issued its first stamps in a diamond shape, honoring our Mineral Heritage.
The idea for the Mineral Heritage stamps came from rock enthusiast Lillian Scheffers Turner. She first discovered her love of minerals at a 1961 gem and mineral show where she saw “nature in the rough” and became “a rock hound.”
Three years later, Turner was in charge of special events at a national gem and mineral show in Washington. While there, someone asked, “Why don’t we have a mineral stamp?” That simple question inspired her to launch a 10-year campaign to get America’s first mineral stamps created.
Over the next 10 years, Turner became well known around Capitol Hill, where she received support for her idea. She also typed up countless letters to postal officials, which ultimately paid off. Eventually, the postal service agreed to produce the stamps and worked with the Smithsonian’s Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals to find bright and colorful minerals that would really stand out on stamps. Turner also informed them that one of their initial choices had to be removed because it wasn’t a mineral that could be found in the United States.
These exciting new diamond-shaped stamps, the first in US history, were then issued on June 13, 1974, at the National Gem and Mineral Show in Lincoln, Nebraska. The stamps pictured petrified wood from the Petrified Forest in Arizona, tourmaline from San Diego County, California, rhodochrosite from the Sweet Home Mine in Colorado, and amethyst from Due West, South Carolina. The Mineral Heritage stamps were voted the most popular of all the stamps issued that year.
This exclusive mint sheet was released over 45 years ago and is suitable for
- valid US postage
- junk journals
- special occasion postage
- collection building
- DIY crafts
or other uses – let your imagination guide you. The face value of the stamps in the mint sheet is $3.60 and they are listed as Scott Catalog 1538-41
36 total stamps
Face Value: 10 cents
Date of Issue: 1974
We recommend using this glue to attach the postage stamps. We have tasted them and they aren’t pleasant. ;)