Stamp Announcement 09-44: Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States

Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States 44-cent stamps

On September 22, 2009, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 44-cent, Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States commemorative stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive (PSA) souvenir sheet of four stamps (Item 574000). The stamp, designed by Lisa Catalone-Castro and Rodolfo Castro of Bethesda, Maryland, goes on sale nationwide September 22, 2009.

With the issuance of these stamps, the U.S. Postal Service® honors the contributions of Associate Justices Joseph Story, Louis D. Brandeis, Felix Frankfurter, and William J. Brennan, Jr.

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:

Justices of the Supreme Court
of the United States 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 November 23, 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 four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 574062*, First Day Cover, Full Sheet, $4.26.

n 574064*, First Day Cover, Cancelled Full Sheet, $4.26.

n 574091*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 574093*, Cancellation Keepsake, Souvenir Sheet/First Day Cover, $6.02.

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 574000, $1.76 Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, PSA Souvenir Sheet of Four Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 5 percent of their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 8,000 stamps (2,000 panes). The $1.76 Supreme Court Justices Souvenir Sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. SDOs must not distribute this commemo­rative sheet to Post Offices before September 15, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring Item 574000 commemorative sheets must requisition them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs requiring additional commemorative sheets must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the San Francisco, Memphis, New York, and Chicago APDs will receive additional commemorative sheets. The Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive additional commemo­rative sheets to support APDs.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative sheet as long as customer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.



Justices of the Supreme Court of
the United States

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

44-cent Commemorative


Souvenir Sheet of 4 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

September 22, 2009,
Washington, DC 20066


Lisa Catalone-Castro/Rodolfo
Castro, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Lisa Catalone-Castro/Rodolfo
Castro, Bethesda, MD


Lisa Catalone-Castro/Rodolfo
Castro, Bethesda, MD




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Sheetlet:


Print Quantity:

8 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS
7535 (Silver),


PMS 8640 (Gold)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.085 in./36.07 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.375 x 3.375 in./212.73 x
85.73 mm

Plate Size:

84 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:





© 2008 USPS • USPS logo • Plate
numbers • $0.44 x 4 = $1.76
• Barcode (574000)
• Biographical text on the back
of each stamp


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