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Official Mail Stamp

Official Mail Stamp, Penalty for private use $300

The Postal ServiceTM will issue a 39-cent Official Mail definitive stamp in a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 100 stamps (Item 780900), on March 8, 2006, in Washington, DC. The stamp, designed by the late Bradbury Thompson, goes also on sale nationwide March 8, 2006.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 90 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase it only by mail order from USA Philatelic catalog or by telephone at 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:

PO BOX 92282
WASHINGTON DC 20090-2282

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 June 6, 2006.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS) 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:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are no philatelic products available for this stamp issue.

Distribution: Item 780900, $39.00 Official (Penalty) Mail WAG Coil of 100

Only the Chicago, IL, accountable paper depository (APD), which is the sole distribution unit designated to accept penalty mail requisitions from authorized government agencies, will receive an automatic distribution of Item 780900. Only the Chicago APD may distribute the new official mail envelope to authorized government agencies that submit PS Form 17-G, Penalty Mail Stamp Requisition. These coils must not be distributed to government agencies before March 3, 2006.

Issue: Official Mail
Item Number: 780900
Denomination &
Type of Issue:

39-cent, Official
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: March 8, 2006,
Washington, DC 20066
Illustrator: N/A
Designer: Bradbury Thompson
Engraver: N/A
Art Director: Joe Brockert, USPS
Typographer: Bradbury Thompson
Modeler: Donald H. Woo
Manufacturing Process: Gravure
Engraver: Southern Graphic Systems
Printer: Sennett Security Products (SSP)
Printed at: American Packaging Corporation,
Columbus, WI
Press Type: Rotomec, 3000
Stamps per coil: 100
Print Quantity: 15 million stamps
Paper Type: Phosphored tagged, Overall
Adhesive Type: Water-activated
Processed at: Unique Binders,
Fredericksburg, VA
Colors: PMS 186 (Red), PMS 286 (Blue),
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.72 x 0.810 in./18.28 x
20.57 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.960 in./22.09 x
24.38 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): N/A
Plate Size: 616 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: "S" followed by three (3) single
digits (every 14 stamps)
Coil Back Number
Marginal Markings: N/A
Catalog Item Number(s): 780940 Coil of 100 - $39.00
780930 Strip of 25 - $9.75
780961 FDC - $.77

Initial Supply to Post Offices

This official mail coil will not be made available at regular retail windows for customer sale. Authorized government agencies must submit PS Form 17-G to the Chicago APD for Penalty Mail envelope fulfillment.

Philatelic Requirement

This official mail coil will not be made available to philatelic centers for customer sale. Only SFS will offer this stamp for sale to collectors via mail order from USA Philatelic catalog or by telephone at 800-STAMP-24.

— Stamp Services,
Government Relations, 2-16-06