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<49¢> Red, White and Blue Flags (4 Designs)
(CCL Label, Inc.)
Self Adhesive Coil of 10,000
Scott # 4894 Flag with FIVE Full stars - First Full Image
Scott # 4895 Flag with THREE Full stars - Second Image
Scott # 4896 Flag with FOUR Full stars - Third Image - The Plate Numbers, C11 and C12, are on this stamp.
Scott # 4897 Flag with TWO Full stars - Last Full Imagemage
Scott # 4897a Strip of four stamps
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - American Flags
Issue Date & City April 25, 2014, San Francisco, CA 94188
Nationwide Sale April 25, 2014
Designer Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Typographer Greg Berger, Manassas, VA
Art Director Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
Modeler CCL Label, Inc.
Engraver WRE
To Press / Initial Quantity Spring 2013 - 150 Million
Coil Size 10,000
Printer CCL Label, Inc.
Press Type Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)
Process Gravure
Where Printed Clinton, SC
Where Processed AVR, Clinton, SC
Plate Size & Interval 320 stamps per revolution / plate # every32 stamps.
Paper Type Nonphosphored, USPS Type III, Phosphor Tagged Overall
Adhesive Type Self Adhesive
Tagging Type Phosphor Tagged Overall
Die Cut Gauge 10.9 Vertically - 12 x 12 Valley/Peak
Colors Red, Blue
Image Size (w x h) 0.73 x 0.84 in. / 18.54 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.87 x 0.98 in. / 22.09 x 24.89 mm
Back Numbers Back numbers occur every 10 stamps along the roll.
Earliest Known Use April 25, 2014
USPS Order Numbers 776504 Full Coil of 10,000 - $4900.00
776503 Folded strip of 25 - $12.25
776505 Unfolded, Boxed strip of 100 - $49.00
776516 First Day Cover - Set of 4 - $3.72

Official Announcement On April 25, 2014, in San Francisco, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Red, White, and Blue (Forever® priced at 49 cents) definitive stamps, in four designs, in pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coils of 10,000 (Item 776500).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide April 25, 2014.

To accommodate business use, the Postal Service&trade will issue four Red, White, and Blue self-adhesive Forever stamps in large coils of 10,000. Inspired by 20th-century American ephemera, each stamp features a modern interpretation of a flying flag, complete with wavy stripes and five-pointed stars. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Note The date, 2014, is in the lower left corner of the stamp.
Note Plate C12 was found in mid November, 2014.
Coil Label  
Distribution: Item 776500, Red, White, and Blue (Forever stamp priced at 49 cents) PSA Coil of 10,000
The Dulles, Virginia SDC will receive the entire distribution quantity for this PSA Coil of 10,000 stamps. Distributions for coils of 10,000 are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 10 coils.
Initial Supply to Post Offices
There will be no automatic distribution of these items to Post Offices™. Post Offices will be notified when these stamps are available to order through eBuy2.
How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
Red, White, and Blue
Retail Manager
220 Park Road
Burlingame, CA 94010
After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by June 24, 2014.
How to Order First-Day Covers
The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
Philatelic Products
There are two philatelic products for this stamp issue:
  • 776516*, First-Day Cover set of 4, $3.72.
  • 776521*, Digital Color Postmark set of 4, $6.56.
Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.