postage stamp sold for more than its face value, with a portion of the difference between face value and sale price donated to a specified charitable activity. The first semi-postal (Breast Cancer Awareness) appeared in 1998. Scott numbers begin with B.
A stamp sold at a price greater than postal value, with the additional charge dedicated for a special purpose. Usually recognized by the presence of two (often different) values, separated by a "+'' sign, on a single stamp.
Stamps with an additional charge to raise money for charity. Cat. Designation: "B"
Stamps have been used to collect funds for charities by selling a particular stamp with a fee in excess of the basic postal value which is diverted to the charity. This method has been used frequently in Europe and only recently in the United States. The first United States semi-postal was the Breast Cancer stamp of 1998.
A semi-postal stamp or semipostal stamp is a postage stamp issued to raise money for some purpose (such as a charitable cause) and thus sold over and above the cost of postage. Typically the stamp shows two denominations separated by a plus sign, but in many cases the only denomination shown is for the postage rate, and the postal customer simply pays the higher price when purchasing the stamps.