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Stamp Announcement 13-38: War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie Stamp

Stamp Annoumcement 13-38: War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie Stamp

On September 10, 2013, in Put-in-Bay, Ohio, the Postal Service™ will issue the War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 20 stamps (Item 579100). The $9.20 War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie souvenir sheet may not be split; the stamps may not be sold individually and should be tracked in AIC 092 as a philatelic product.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 10, 2013.

With this 2013 stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® continues its commemoration of the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half-year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans viewed as the nation’s “Second War of Independence.” The stamp features William Henry Powell’s famous 1873 painting, Battle of Lake Erie, depicting Oliver Hazard Perry transferring from his ruined flagship, the Lawrence, to the Niagara. To evoke the times, the color and texture of a contemporary map of the war is used for the stamp pane’s background. A 19th-century engraving of Perry by William G. Jackman (after John Wesley Jarvis) appears in the margin of the verso text. Greg Breeding served as art director and designer for the stamp pane.

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Distribution: Item 579100, $9.20 War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie (Forever priced at 46 cents) Commemorative PSA Souvenir Sheet of 20 Stamps

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 20 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 2,000 panes (40,000 stamps). The stamps will be shipped and sold as a pane of 20 ($9.20).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to all Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. However, offices should first check the website to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push prior to placing a preorder at: http://topkkssgsht/sites/SDCReports/Lists/StampAutomatics/default.aspx.

Post Offices participating in the SEAM Stamp Auto Replenishment Pilot (Seattle, Portland, Alaska, and Salt Lake City districts) will receive their automatic push distribution and will be automatically replenished after that based on sales. If pilot sites need additional stock to meet unexpected demand, they must first check the website at: to see if a SEAM replenishment order has already been placed before placing an expedited order in eBuy2. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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, 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:

War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie Stamp
(Address Unavailable)

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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by November 10, 2013.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service 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, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are ten philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 579106, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $55.20
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 579108, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $55.20
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 579110*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $10.95.

n 579116*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 579118*, First-Day Cover (Full Pane), $11.70.

n 579119*, First-Day Cancelled (Full Pane), $11.70.

n 579121*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 579130*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 579131*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 579132*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $1.96.

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.



War of 1812: Battle of Lake Erie

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Souvenir Sheet of 20 (1 design)


War of 1812

Issue Date & City:

September 10, 2013, Put-in Bay, OH 43456


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Existing Art:

William Henry Powell


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

26 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.085 in./36.07 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

10.125 x 7.125 in./257.18 x 180.98 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Side Header: “THE WAR OF 1812, BATTLE of LAKE ERIE”, Verso text

. Back:

© 2013 USPS l Header: “THE BATTLE OF LAKE ERIE” l Verso text l Portrait of Oliver Hazard Perry on left side of pane l Verso text l USPS logo l Plate position diagram l Barcode (579100) at bottom right corner of pane l Promotional text