US Stamps

By Jay Bigalke

Star-Spangled Banner stamp varieties issued March 3

February 17, 2014 08:05 AM

  • Several new varieties of the United States nondenominated forever (49¢) Star-Spangled Banner forever stamp will be issued March 3 in Washington, D.C.

New varieties of the United States Star-Spangled Banner forever stamp will be issued March 3 in Washington, D.C.
A first-day ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10:30 a.m. in the Kenneth E. Behring Center of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., N.W.
The original 200-year-old flag that inspired the national anthem is on display at the museum.
The new varieties are two double-sided panes of 20 produced by Sennett Security Products and CCL Label Inc., a coil of 100 by Sennett, and an ATM pane of 18 by Sennett. The ATM pane was not originally planned, according to U.S. Postal Service sources, but was added recently to the program.
This is the second wave of stamps this year with the Star-Spangled Banner design.
On Jan. 28, the Postal Service issued a double-sided pane of 20 by Ashton Potter, and two coils of 100 by Ashton Potter and CCL Label.
It might take a while for local post offices to stock the new stamps, as post offices will be encouraged to use up stocks of the previous Flag stamp issues.
Collectors who want to obtain the new stamps soon after the issue date can order them through the USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services division by telephoning 800-782-6724 and using the item numbers assigned to each variety, as provided in the technical details box on page 10.
The Postal Service shared with Linn’s that press sheets for the Star-Spangled Banner stamps are being considered, but a final determination has not been made.

Nondenominated (49¢) Star-Spangled Banner stamp; double-sided panes of 20, coil of 100, and ATM pane of 18

FIRST DAY— March 3, 2014; city— Washington, D.C., and nationwide.

DESIGN: existing photograph— Gary Clark; designer, art director and typographer— Phil Jordan, Falls Church, Va.

Double-sided pane of 20 by SSP

PRINTING: process— offset, microprinted “USPS”; printer and processor— Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products, Browns Summit, N.C.; press— Alprinta 74; inks— cyan, magenta, yellow, black, Pantone Matching System 665 purple; paper— phosphor overall tagged; gum— self-adhesive; issue quantity— 500 million stamps; format— double-sided pane of 20, from 576-subject cylinders; size— 0.71 inches by 0.82 inches (image); 0.87 inches by 0.98 inches (overall); 5.52 inches by 1.96 inches (pane); plate numbers— “S” followed by five single digits; marginal markings— header “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps,” “©2013 USPS,” bar code, plate numbers; USPS item No.— 6890TK (double-sided pane of 20).

Double-sided pane of 20 by CCL

DESIGN: modeler— CCL Label Inc.

PRINTING: process— gravure; printer and processor— CCL Label Inc., Clinton, S.C.; press— Dia Nippon Kiko; inks— cyan, magenta, yellow, black; paper— nonphosphored, type III, overall tagged; gum— self-adhesive; issue quantity— 1 billion stamps; format— double-sided pane of 20, from 840-subject cylinders; size— 0.73 inches by 0.84 inches (image); 0.87 inches by 0.98 inches (overall); 5.52 inches by 1.96 inches (pane); plate numbers— “C” followed by four single digits; marginal markings— header “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps,” “©2013 USPS,” bar code, plate numbers; USPS item No.— 6890TK (double-sided pane of 20).

Coil of 100 by SSP

DESIGN: modeler— Donald Woo.

PRINTING: process— offset, microprinted “USPS”; printer and processor— Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products, Browns Summit, N.C.; press— Alprinta 74; inks— cyan, magenta, yellow, black, Pantone Matching System 665 purple; paper— phosphor overall tagged; gum— self-adhesive; issue quantity— 1.5 billion stamps; format— coil of 100, from 800-subject cylinders; size— 0.75 inches by 0.82 inches (image); 0.87 inches by 0.96 inches (overall); plate numbers— “S” followed by five single digits, every 32th stamp; marginal markings— none; USPS item No.— 7899TK (coil of 100).

ATM pane of 18

DESIGN: modeler— Donald Woo.

PRINTING: process— offset, microprinted “USPS”; printer and processor— Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products, Browns Summit, N.C.; press— Alprinta 74; inks— cyan, magenta, yellow, black, Pantone Matching System 665 purple; paper— phosphor overall tagged; gum— self-adhesive; issue quantity— 252 million stamps; format— ATM pane of 18, from 720-subject cylinders; size— 0.71 inches by 0.82 inches (image); 0.87 inches by 0.98 inches (overall); 2.61 inches by 6.13 inches (pane); plate numbers— “S” followed by five single digits; marginal markings— header “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Forever 18 First-Class Stamps,” bar code, USPS logo, promotional text; “©2014 USPS,” plate numbers (stamp side); USPS item No.— 587904 (ATM pane of 18).

First-day cancel ordering information
Standard ordering instructions apply. Collectors requesting first-day cancels are encouraged to purchase their own stamps and affix them to envelopes. The first-day cover envelopes should be addressed for return (a removable label may be used), and mailed in a larger envelope addressed to Star-Spangled Banner Stamp, Special Cancellations, Box 92282, Washington, DC 20090-2282. Requests for first-day cancels must be postmarked by May 3.
The Postal Service’s first-day cover for the Star-Spangled Banner stamp is item No. 689017 for either booklet stamp, 789917 for the coil stamp, and 587916 for the ATM stamp, at 93¢ each.