Stamp Announcement 11-29: American Scientists

Stamp Announcement 11-29: American Scientists

On June 16, 2011, in St. Paul, Minnesota, the Postal Service™ will issue an American Scientists commemora­tive stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents), in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 467300).

With these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service® honors four Americans who have made significant contributions to basic science: chemist Melvin Calvin, botanist Asa Gray, physicist Maria Goeppert Mayer, and biochemist Severo Ochoa. For each stamp in this strip of four, art director Ethel Kessler collaborated with designer Greg Berger to create a collage featuring a photograph and signature of the scientist, along with items such as equations and dia­grams that are associated with the scientist’s research.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 16, 2011.

Distribution: Item 467300, First-Class Mail American Scientists (Forever priced at 44 cents), PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive approximately 25 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before June 2, 2011.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 467300 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring additional com­memorative sheets must order them from the appropriate SDC using PS Form 17. For fulfilling supplemental orders from Post Offices, all SDOs and SDCs will receive addi­tional commemorative sheets.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp for a minimum of 90 days from the first day of issue, and beyond that as long as cus­tomer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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.

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™ facility, 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:

American Scientists Stamp
PO Box 645001
St. Paul, MN 55164-5001

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 August 16, 2011.

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 four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 467363*, First Day Cover Set of 4, $3.52.

n 467368*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 4, $6.40.

n 467391*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 467399*, Cancellation Keepsake (Stamp Pane w/Digital Color Postmark Envelope), $15.95.

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.



American Scientists

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

June 16, 2011, St. Paul, MN 55164


Greg Berger, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Greg Berger, Bethesda, MD

Photo Illustrator:

Greg Berger, Bethesda, MD


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged, Overall

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Dark Blue

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.40 x .82 in./35.56 x 20.83 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x .98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.22 x 5.90 in./183.39 x 149.76 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by eight (8) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Header: “AMERICAN SCIENTISTS” Plate block numbers in two corners


© 2010 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (467300) in lower left and upper right of pane • Verso text on back of each pane