Image courtesy of Jill Ambrose

1¢ Bobcat
(Ashton Potter)
Self Adhesive Coil of 3,000
Scott # 4672 Plate # P1111, P2222
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Flora and Fauna
Issue Date & City June 1, 2012, San Marcos TX 78666
Nationwide Sale June 1, 2012                                          
Designer Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV
Art Director Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV
Artist Nancy Stahl, New York, NY
Modeler Joe Sheeran
To Press / Initial Quantity Spring 2012 / (3,000 coils) 30 Million stamps
Coil Size 3,000
Printer Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Press Muller Martini, A76
Process Offset with Microprinting "USPS"
Where Printed Williamsville, NY
Where Processed Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Plate Size & Interval 594 stamps per revolution / Plate # every 27 stamps
Paper Type Nonphosphored, USPS Type III
Adhesive Type Pressure Sensitive
Tagging Type Nonphosphored
Die Cut Gauge Serpentine Die Cuts - 13 x 13 PP Vertically
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
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. / 22.10 x 24.89 mm
Back Numbers Every 10 stamps. 2, 3 or 4 digit black numbers top and bottom.  Every 270 stamps, the back number will fall on the same stamp with a plate number.
Earliest Known Use June 1, 2012                              
USPS Order Numbers 789140 Full Coil of 3,000 - $30.00
789130 Strip of 25 with plate number from 3,000 coil - $.25
789162 First Day Cover - $0.89  (Bobcat and 44c U.S. Flag Stamp)
Official Announcement      On June 1, 2012, in San Marcos, Texas, the Postal Service™ will issue a 1-cent Bobcat definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 3,000 stamps (Item 789100).
     The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 1, 2012.
     The U.S. Postal Service® will issue a 1-cent stamp featuring a bobcat (Lynx rufus), a member of the feline family found across America. The stamp art is a highly stylized, digital image of a bobcat with golden eyes, pink nose, and fur in shades of brown. Nancy Stahl illustrated the stamp, under the direction of Carl T. Herrman.
Security The microprinted "USPS" is on the ear of the Bobcat.
Note The 2012 date is in the bottom right hand selvage of the stamp, and is placed vertically. Stamps with plate P2222 were found in August, 2014.

Distribution: Item 789100, One-cent Bobcat Definitive PSA Coil of 3,000 Stamps ($30.00 value)
Stamp distribution offices (SDOs)/stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of this stamp issue. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 789100 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring these stamps must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute this stamp to Post Offices before May 18, 2012.

Sales Policy
All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.

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:
Bobcat Stamp
301 N. Guadalupe Street
San Marcos, TX 78666-9998
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. All orders must be postmarked by August 1, 2012.

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 is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:
n 789162*, First Day Cover (1 Bobcat, 1- $0.44 U.S. Flag), $0.89.
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.

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