How Much is a U.s. 3-cent Postage Stamp Worth?

Most US 3-cent stamps are worth less than $50, and they usually sell for between 65 and 90 percent of their face value. The only exceptions are rare stamps, like a 3-cent stamp from 1851 that shows a side view of George Washington.

If a rare 3-cent stamp is in perfect condition, it can sell for anywhere from $40 to thousands of dollars. In 2014, old 3-cent stamps are often sold for less than their face value.

This is because the U.S. post office makes a lot of 3-cent stamps. Numerous 3-cent stamps are available to collectors. Some people buy old 3-cent stamps for postage because they can be used to mail letters.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.

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