US Stamps

By Michael Baadke

1¢ Bobcat coil variety to be issued at Aripex show

January 28, 2015 03:50 PM

  • The new 1¢ Bobcat coil stamp will be issued Feb. 21.

The third variety of the workhorse definitive will be issued in coils of 10,000, with a 2015 year date positioned in the upper right corner.

The newest United States definitive stamp has a familiar look to it.

The U.S. Postal Service is issuing a new variety of the 1¢ Bobcat coil stamp that first appeared in 2012 (Scott 4672).

The new stamp is a self-adhesive in coils of 10,000 printed by Ashton Potter; the original 2012 issue, also from Ashton Potter, is a self-adhesive in coils of 3,000.

Another variety with water-activated adhesive was printed by Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products and issued in 2013 in coils of 10,000 (Scott 4802)

The most apparent difference between each of these three varieties is the year date and its position in the design.

The 2012 year date on the 2012 coil appears in the right margin near the bottom of the stamp.

The 2013 year date on the 2013 coil appears in the left margin, near the top.

The 2015 year date on the new stamp is found in the right margin near the top.

The technical details for the new stamp, which are found below, are very similar to the details for the original 2012 coil, including the frequency of the plate number, which is printed in the bottom margin on every 27th stamp in the coil roll.

The Scott catalog editors will examine the new stamp after it is issued before considering whether to list it as a major or minor variety in the Scott Specialized Catalogue of United States Stamps and Covers.

The stamp was designed by Carl T. Herrman and illustrated by Nancy Stahl.

Stahl has created designs for many U.S. Wildlife definitive stamps, including a 26¢ Florida Panther stamp issued in 2007 (Scott 4137) and a 34¢ Hummingbird stamp in 2014 (4857-4858).

An 11:30 a.m. first-day ceremony for the new 1¢ Bobcat coil will take place Saturday at the Aripex stamp show in Mesa, Ariz. (the official first-day city).

The Aripex website reports that the ceremony will take place in the Grand Plaza just outside of building C at the Mesa Convention Center, 263 N. Center St.

Collectors can order a strip of 100 stamps from the roll of 10,000 using USPS item No. 786905.

The Postal Service will also sell a first-day cover with no cachet franked with a single nondenominated (49¢) Star Spangled Banner forever stamp and one of the new 1¢ Bobcat coils. The forever stamp shown in a Postal Service promotional image for the FDC is one of the coil varieties.

1¢ Bobcat stamp,
self-adhesive coil of 10,000

FIRST DAY— Feb. 21, 2015; city— Mesa, Ariz., and nationwide.

DESIGN: illustrator— Nancy Stahl, New York, N.Y.; designer, art director and typographer— Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, Calif.; modeler— Joseph Sheeran.

PRINTING: process— offset, microprint “USPS”; printer and processor— Ashton Potter USA Ltd., Williamsville, N.Y.; press— Mueller Martini A76; inks— black, cyan, magenta, yellow; paper— nonphosphored, type III; gum— self-adhesive; issue quantity— 500 million stamps; format— coils of 10,000, from 594-subject cylinders; size— 0.73 inches by 0.84 inches (image); 0.87 inches by 0.98 inches (overall); plate numbers— “P” followed by four single digits, every 27th stamp; USPS item No.— 786904 (coil of 10,000).

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 1¢ Bobcat Stamp, Postmaster, Main Post Office, 135 N. Center St., Mesa, AZ 85201-9998. Requests for first-day cancels must be postmarked by April. 22.
The Postal Service’s uncacheted first-day cover for the 1¢ Bobcat stamp is item No. 786916 at 94¢. USPS order numbers for stamps and FDCs also appear in Linn’s 2015 U.S. Stamp Program.