Stamp Announcement 09-37: Flags of Our Nation Set 3

Flags of Our Nation Set 3

On August 6, 2009, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, at the David Lawrence Convention Center during the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ will issue the 44-cent definitive stamps Flags of Our Nation at noon, in ten designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 50 (Item 787500). The stamps, designed by Howard E. Paine of Delaplane, Virginia, go on sale nation­wide August 6, 2009.

The U.S. Postal Service® continues its Flags of Our Nation series with ten more stamp designs scheduled for issuance in August. These stamps will feature the states of Kentucky through Missouri plus one with the Stars and Stripes over the amber waves of grain. Artist Tom Engeman, Bethany Beach, Delaware, created the highly detailed flag portraits on the stamps, reproducing as accu­rately as possible such complex elements as intricate state seals and coats of arms.

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:

Flags of Our Nation Stamp Set 3
Grant Street Station
700 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219-1906

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. All orders must be postmarked by October 7, 2009.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services 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. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are three philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 787563*, First Day Cover Set of 10, $8.20.

n 787568*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 10, $15.00.

n 787591*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Collect the entire series of the Flags of Our Nation stamps! Purchase our Collector’s Folio, Item No. 786575, $29.95, that contains the Series 1 coil with mounts and placeholders for all the Flags of Our Nation series stamps.

Flags of Our Nation Collector's Folio

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.

Distribution: Item 787500, 44-cent, Flags of Our Nation PSA Coil of 50 Stamps

All stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive an automatic distribution of the $22.00 Flags of Our Nation PSA coil of 50. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (800 coils).

Initial Supply for Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution of Item 787500 to Post Offices of approximately 5 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute this commemorative coil to Post Offices before July 30, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional coils must requisition them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional coils must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Memphis, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco APDs will each receive additional coils. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional coils for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.



Flags of Our Nation Set 3

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

44-cent Definitive


Coil of 50 (10 designs)


Flags of Our Nation

Issue Date & City:

August 6, 2009,
Pittsburgh, PA 15290
(APS Stamp Show)


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA

Art Director:

Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Tom Engeman, Bethany Beach, DE


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:



Southern Graphics, Richmond, VA


American Packaging Corporation/
Sennett Security Products (SSP)

Printed at:

Columbus, WI

Press Type:

Cerrutti, 950

Stamps per Coil:


Print Quantity:

500 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.59 x 0.81 in./40.41 x 20.57 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.74 x 0.96 in./44.20 x 24.38 mm


Magenta, Yellow, Cyan, Black, PMS
4625 (Brown),


PMS 3425 (Green), PMS 187 (Red,
Med. Blue, Dark Blue)

Full Pane Size (w x h):


Plate Size:

760 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by nine (9) single digits

Marginal Markings:

© 2008 • Plate block numbers every
10 stamps

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp as long as customer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.