Stamp Announcement 08-30: American Clock

10-cent American Clock stamp

On July 15, 2008, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will re-issue the 10-cent American Clock definitive stamp (Item 784300) in a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 10,000. The stamp, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, and illustrated by Lou Nolan, McLean, Virginia, goes on sale nationwide July 15, 2008.

The stamp was previously issued in the following formats:

  • Item 108000 — January 24, 2003, pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps.
  • Item 784300 — August 4, 2006, WAG coil of 10,000.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 30 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, by telephone at 800-STAMP-24, or at the Postal Store® Web site at 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 September 18, 2008.



American Clock

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

10-cent Gummed Coil


Coil of 10,000 (1 design)


American Design

Issue Date & City:

July 15, 2008,
Washington, DC
(No ceremony)


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Lou Nolan, McLean, VA


Donald H. Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprinting “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America,
Inc./Sennett Security Products

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per coil:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Type III, Overall

Adhesive Type:

Water Activated Gum

Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


PMS 5743 (Green), PMS 134
(Yellow), PMS 5763 (Green),

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.72 x 0.81 in./18.29 x 20.57 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.96 in./22.10 x 24.38 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):


Plate Size:

682 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by four (4) single digits

Coil Back Number Frequency:

Every 10th stamp

Marginal Markings:

Coil back number frequency: Every
10th stamp

Plate number frequency: Every
31st stamp

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 no philatelic products available for this stamp issue.

Distribution: Item 784300 $1,000.00 American Clock, PSA Coil of 10,000 (Reprint Variety)

The $1,000.00 American Clock, PSA coil of 10,000 (reprint variety) will not be automatically distributed to stamp distribution offices (SDOs). SDOs requiring quanti­ties of this reprint variety of Item 784300 must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion of this reprint variety of Item 784300 to Post Offices. All Post Offices requiring quantities of this reprint variety coil must order them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute this reprint variety coil to Post Offices before July 10, 2008.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 784300 must requisition them from their designated SDO using a PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional coils must order them from the appropriate APD using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs, the Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive 8,640 coils.