Stamp Announcement 07-32: Purple Heart

Purple Heart Stamp.

On August 7, 2007, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 41-cent, Purple Heart definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 (Item 107400). Designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California, the stamp goes on sale nationwide August 7, 2007.

How to Order 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™, or at The Postal Store® Web site 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:

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 October 6, 2007.



Purple Heart

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

41-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

August 7, 2007, Washington, DC


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA




Ira Wexler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Stevens, Vari-size Security Press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

400 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in./18.542 x 21.336mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.098 x 24.892 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.35 x 4.93 in./135.890 x
125.222 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

“ © 2003 USPS” • Price • Plate
numbers • Header “Purple Heart
The Medal for the Combat
Wounded” • Plate position
diagram • Barcode “107400” on
reverse of pane in four corners
• USPS logo on back of pane

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:

DEPT 6270
PO BOX 219014
KANSAS CITY MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are two philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

Distribution: Item 107400, 41-cent Purple Heart PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 200 percent of their full standard automatic distribu­tion quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of their full standard automatic distribution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before August 1, 2007.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 107400 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional stamps must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the San Francisco, New York, Chicago, and Memphis APDs will each receive 8,640,000 additional stamps; and the Denver APD will receive 2,880,000 additional stamps.

The Kansas City Stamp Service Center will receive 5,760,000 additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.

Additional quantities of this definitive stamp will also be made available to SDOs via future automatic distributions, shipped directly from the supplier to the SDOs.