Gems of American Philately

National Postal Museum
2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE
Washington, DC

Level 2, William H. Gross Gallery Floor Plan

Examine 13 of the rarest and most highly valued gems in the world of philately, including the most famous US stamp of all, the 1918 Inverted Jenny. A video explains why the Inverted Jenny and other stamps are philatelic gems. Each of these items tells a story about a significant milestone in US history—from a surviving stamp proof of the 1765 Stamp Act stamp that so infuriated the American colonists to a lunar mail cover postmarked on the Moon by astronaut Dave Scott in 1971.