What is the BENJAMIN FRANKLIN 1 Cent Green Stamp?
The majority of 1¢ green Benjamin Franklin stamps are widespread and priced at lower than $1, but two rotary press varieties that look similar to the usual flat-plate editions are uncommon and valued at thousands of dollars.
An extraordinary instance of the distinction in catalog worth for a widespread American stamp design is the many 1¢ Benjamin Franklin stamps issued in 1923 (A155 in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps & Covers). In 2018, nearly 300 inquiries concerning this specific design have been made, be it via email, phone, Quick ID, or by formal submissions to the American Philatelic Expertizing Service (APEX). Each individual searching for this stamp has the same hope of finding a valuable version that can be sold for prices in the low six figures. Though it is true that there are still unidentified rarities in albums and stock books, it is also true that genuine rarities are scarce because of their lack of availability. It goes without saying that most of those looking for a huge payoff actually have regular stamps.