Stamp Announcement 09-16: Purple Heart

Purple Heart 44-cent stamp

On April 28, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will reissue the Purple Heart definitive stamp with a 44-cent denomination. The stamp, designed by Carl T. Herrman of Carlsbad, California, goes on sale nationwide April 28, 2009.

This stamp was previously issued in the following formats:

n 2008, 42-cent pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 (Item 110100).

n 2008, 42-cent water-activated gum (WAG) sheet of 100 (Item 108800)
(Available only at Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City, MO).

n 2007, 41-cent PSA pane of 20 (107400).

n 2006, 39-cent PSA pane of 20 (103900).

n 2003, 37-cent PSA pane of 20 (108900).

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,



Purple Heart

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

44-cent definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

April 28, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Carl T. Herrman, Carlsbad, CA


Ira Wexler, Braddock, MD


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:

500 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./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.22 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


USPS logo • Barcodes (113700) in
four positions

address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Purple Heart Stamp
Special Cancellations
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 30, 2009.

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 two philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 123761 *First Day Cover, $0.82.

n 123793 *Cancellation Keepsake (First Day Cover With Full Pane), $9.62.

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.

Distribution: Item 113700, 44-cent Purple Heart PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 250 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions will be in mul­tiple waves.

Wave 1 shipments, which began February 24, 2009, will be complete by April 23, 2009. The Wave 2 shipment will be determined at a later date. 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 April 21, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 113700 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.

Following the automatic distribution to SDOs, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Memphis APDs will each receive additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from the SDOs. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional stamps for fulfilling supple­mental orders from APDs.