Stamp Announcement 11-17: New River Gorge Bridge (Priority Mail)

Stamp Announcement 11-17: New River Gorge Bridge (Priority Mail)

On April 11, 2011, in Fayetteville, West Virginia, the Postal Service™ will issue a $4.95 New River Gorge Bridge (Priority Mail) definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 114400). The stamp, designed by Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, Nevada, will go on sale nationwide April 11, 2011.

The Priority Mail® stamp features a digital illustration by Dan Cosgrove, Clarendon Hills, Illinois, depicting the New River Gorge Bridge in West Virginia near sunset. One of the highest bridges in the United States, the New River Gorge Bridge features a 1,700-foot span that is the longest steel arch in the Western Hemisphere.

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™ facility, 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:

New River Gorge Bridge Stamp
120 W. Maple Avenue
Fayetteville, WV 25840-9998

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 11, 2011.

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



New River Gorge Bridge (Priority Mail)

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$4.95 Definitive


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

April 11, 2011, Fayetteville, WV 25840


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV

Art Director:

Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Carl T. Herrman, North Las Vegas, NV


Dan Cosgrove, Clarendon Hills, IL


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Stevens, Vari-size Security

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

20 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

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):

7.24 x 7.12 in./183.90 x 180.85 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2010 USPS Plate position diagram USPS logo Barcode (114400) in two positions

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 114461*, First Day Cover $5.39.

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 114400, $4.95 New River Gorge Bridge (Priority Mail) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive an automatic distribution quantity of Item 114400. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make a subsequent automatic dis­tribution to Post Offices for this item. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 114400 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisi­tion/Stamp Return. SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this stamp to Post Offices before March 28, 2011.