Scan courtesy of Jill Ambrose

1¢ Bobcat
(Sennett Security Products)
Water Activated Coil of 10,000
Scott # 4802 Plate # S111111
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Flora and Fauna
Issue Date & City August 9, 2013, APS Stamp Show, Milwaukee, WI
Nationwide Sale August 9, 2013
Designer Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV
Art Director Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV
Typographer Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV
Artist Nancy Stahl, New York, NY
Modeler Donald Woo
To Press / Initial Quantity Spring 2013 - 100 Million stamps
Coil Size 10,000
Printer Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products (SSP)
Press Alprinta, 74
Process Offset with Microprinting “USPS”
Where Printed Browns Summit, NC
Where Processed Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Plate Size & Interval 682 stamps per revolution / Plate # every 31 stamps
Paper Type Nonphosphored, USPS Type III
Adhesive Type Water Activated
Tagging Type Nonphosphored
Perf Gauge 9.8 Vertically
Colors Tan, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Brown
Image Size (w x h) 0.72 x 0.81 in. / 18.29 x 20.57 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.87 x 0.96 in. / 22.10 x 24.38 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use August 9, 2013
USPS Order Numbers 789204 Full Coil of 3,000 - $30.00
789205 Unfolded strip of 100 from 3,000 coil - $.25
789216 First Day Cover - $0.91 - Bobcat and Patriotic Star stamp
Official Announcement On August 9, 2013, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ will issue a one-cent Bobcat definitive stamp in one design in a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 10,000 stamps (Item 789200).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 9, 2013.

In 2012, the United States Postal Service® first issued the one-cent Bobcat stamp in pressure-sensitive adhesive coils of 3,000. Bobcats (Lynx rufus) are members of the feline family found across America. The stamp art is a highly stylized, digital image of a bobcat with golden eyes, a 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 in the upper right corner of the Bobcat's leg.
Note The 2013 date is in the upper left hand corner in the selvage, and is placed vertically

Distribution: Item 789200, $100.00 One-cent Bobcat Definitive WAG Coil of 10,000 Stamps

Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Bobcat stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 20 coils.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and SDCs will NOT make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. Post Offices participating in the SEAM Stamp Auto Replenishment Pilot (Seattle, Portland, Alaska, and Salt Lake City districts) will be automatically replenished based on their current inventory of Item 786400, Tiffany Lamp one-cent definitive WAG coil of 10,000. If pilot sites need Item 789200, Bobcat one-cent definitive WAG coil of 10,000 to meet special customer requests, they must place an order in eBuy2 and choose “expedited” as the shipping method. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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 
Main Office Window Unit
PO Box 5066
Milwaukee, WI 53201-5066

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 October 9, 2013.

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 available for this stamp issue:

n 789216*, First-Day Cover (Bobcat + Patriotic Star), $0.91.

n 789221*, Digital Color Postmark (Bobcat + Patriotic Star), $1.62.

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.