Rendering by Ron Blanks from USPS Media Image
|Scott # 4998a||Plate # P1111|
|Series||USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Flora and Fauna|
|Issue Date & City||June 1, 2015, Kansas City, MO 64108|
|Nationwide Sale||June 1, 2015|
|Designer||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Art Director||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Typographer||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Artist||Tyler Lang, Portland, OR|
|To Press / Initial Quantity||Spring 2015 / 600 Million stamps|
|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||768 stamps per revolution / Plate # every ?? stamps|
|Paper Type||Nonphosphored, USPS Type III|
|Adhesive Type||Pressure Sensitive|
|Tagging Type||Phosphor Tag applied|
|Die Cut Gauge||Serpentine Die Cuts - 13 x 13 PP Vertically ????|
|Colors||Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow|
|Image Size (w x h)||0.70 x 0.84 in. / 17.88 x 21.34 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h)||0.84 x 0.98 in. / 21.43 x 24.89 mm|
|Earliest Known Use||June 1, 2015|
|USPS Order Numbers||
783504 Full Coil of 100 -
On June 1, 2015, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Coastal Birds Postcard Rate stamps (non-denominated priced at 35 cents), in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 100 stamps (Item 783500) produced by Ashton Potter, and also a pane of 20 stamps (Item 117600) produced by Sennett Security Printers.
The stamps will go on sale nationwide June 1, 2015.
With the release of the Coastal Birds postcard stamps, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates four eye-catching birds: the red knot (Calidris canutus), king eider (Somateria spectabilis), roseate spoonbill (Platalea ajaja), and magnificent frigatebird (Fregata magnificens). The stamps feature highly stylized, digital portraits of each bird. The word “POSTCARD” on the stamps indicates their usage value. Like Forever® stamps, these stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them. The initial price and value for these stamps is 35 cents. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps with artwork by Tyler Lang.
To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit https://www.usps.com/stamps/.
|Security||The microprinted "USPS" is at ????|
|Note||The 2015 date is in the upper right hand corner of the margin, and is placed vertically.|
Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on May 25, 2015, through SFS Web.
Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales.
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 http://https://store.usps.com/store/, 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:
35¢ Coastal Birds Stamps
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001
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 July 31, 2015.
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 https://store.usps.com/store/, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014
There are two philatelic products for the Coastal Birds PSA coil of 100 stamps issue:
783516*, First-Day Cover, 2 of same bird (set of 4), on each, $4.56.
783521*, Digital Color Postmark, 2 of same bird (set of 4), $7.40.
There are seven philatelic products for the Coastal Birds pane of 20 stamps issue:
117606, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $70.00 (print quantity 250).
117608, Press Sheet without Die-cut, $70.00 (print quantity 500).
117610*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $14.95.
117616*, First-Day Cover, 2 of same bird (set of 4), $4.56.
117621*, Digital Color Postmark, 2 of same bird (set of 4), $7.40.
117631*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.
117632*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, random 2 of same bird, $2.20.
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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Updated June 1, 2015