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USPS provides Richard Allen stamp technical details

May 4, 2021, 2 AM
Technical details for the Richard Allen forever stamp were not available when the new-issue story was published in the Feb. 1 issue of Linn’s Stamp News. The stamp was issued Feb. 2 in panes of 20 as the 39th stamp in the United States Postal Service’s Black Heritage commemorative series, and has been listed as United States Scott 5056 by the Scott catalog editors.


Nondenominated (44¢) Richard Allen forever stamp

FIRST DAY— Feb. 2, 2016; city— Philadelphia, Pa, and nationwide.

DESIGN: artwork— detail from 1876 print Bishops of the A.M.E. Church; designer, art director and typographer— Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, Va.; modeler— Joseph Sheeran; series— Black Heritage.

PRINTING: process— offset with microprinting; printer and processor— Ashton Potter USA Ltd., Williamsville, N.Y.; press— Muller A76; inks— cyan, magenta, yellow, black, Pantone Matching System 556C green; paper— nonphosphored type III, block tagging; gum— self-adhesive; issue quantity— 30 million stamps; format— pane of 20, from 240-subject cylinders; size— 0.84 inches by 1.42 inches (image); 0.98 inches by 1.56 inches (overall); 6 inches by 8.5 inches (full pane); 12 inches by 25.75 (press sheet); plate numbers— “P” followed by five single digits; marginal markings— header “Black Heritage,” “Celebrating Richard Allen,” “39th in a series” (stamp side and back side); plate numbers in lower two corners (stamp side); “©2015 USPS,” USPS logo, promotional text, bar code, plate position diagram, verso text (back side); USPS item No.— 473540.

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 Richard Allen Stamp, USPS Retail Manager, 3190 S. 70th St., Philadelphia, PA 19153-9751. Requests for first-day cancels must be postmarked by April 2.

The Postal Service’s uncacheted first-day cover for the Richard Allen stamp is item 473516 at 93¢. USPS order numbers for stamps and FDCs also appear in Linn’s 2016 U.S. Stamp Program

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