Stamp Announcement 12-02: New Mexico Statehood

Stamp Announcement 12-02: New Mexico Statehood

On January 6, 2012, in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the Postal Service™ will issue a New Mexico Statehood com­memorative stamp (Forever® priced at 44 cents), in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 468100).

With the issuance of this stamp, the U.S. Postal Ser­vice® commemorates the 100th anniversary of New Mex­ico statehood. The “Land of Enchantment” became the 47th state to join the Union in 1912. Art director Richard Sheaff designed the stamp using an existing oil painting by New Mexico artist Doug West. The painting, entitled “Sanctuary II,” shows a landscape in northwestern New Mexico located in the Rio Puerco drainage between Cabe­zone Peak and Mount Taylor.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 6, 2012.

Distribution: Item 468100, First-Class New Mexico Statehood (Forever priced at 44 cents), PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive 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

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional Item 468100 must req­uisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

New Mexico Statehood Stamp
120 South Federal Place
Santa Fe, NM 87501-9999

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 March 6, 2012.

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 468161*, First Day Cover, $0.88.

n 468165*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 468191*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 468199*, Cancellation Keepsake (Digital Color Post­mark w/Pane), $10.95.

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.



New Mexico Statehood

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 6, 2012, Sante Fe, NM 87501


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ

Art Director:

Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Doug West, Arroyo Seco, NM




Avery Dennison, SPD

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.99 in./39.62 x 25.15 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.250 x 5.85 in./184.15 x 148.59 mm

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



Plate numbers in four corners of pane


©2011 USPS USPS Logo Plate position diagram Barcode (468100) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text