Stamp Announcement 09-32: Dolphin

Dolphin 64-cent stamp

On June 12, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 64-cent Dolphin definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 113300). The stamp, designed by Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, Nevada, goes on sale nation­wide June 12, 2009.

This 2009 stamp, with an illustration by Nancy Stahl, New York, New York, features a bottlenose dolphin leaping from the water. Stahl has created illustrations for several stamps, including the Dragonfly (2008) and Florida Panther (2007), designed in a similar style. She used several photo­graphs of bottlenose dolphins, marine mammals noted for their high intelligence and playful behavior, as reference for the art.

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:

Dolphin Stamp
Special Cancellations
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282




Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

64-cent Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 12, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066
(No Ceremony)


Carl T. Herrman,
North Las Vegas, NV

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman,
North Las Vegas, NV


Carl T. Herrman,
North Las Vegas, NV


Nancy Stahl, New York, NY


Avery Dennison, SPD


Keating Gravure

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

40 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, PMS
302 (Dark Blue)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

.73 x .84 in./18.54 x 21.37 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

.87 x .98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.921 x 5.25 in./124.99 x 133.35 mm

Plate Size:

280 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2009 USPS • Price • Plate
position diagram • Plate
numbers in four corners of pane


USPS logo • Barcode (113300) in
two corners of pane

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 August 14, 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 is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 113361*, First Day Cover, $1.02.

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 113300, 64-cent Dolphin PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 20 to 30 percent of their standard automatic distri­bution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. SDO distributions, which begin May 11, 2009, will be complete May 27, 2009. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 113300 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before June 5, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 113300 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 Memphis, Chicago, New York, and San Francisco APDs will each receive additional stamps. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional stamps for fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs.