Stamp Announcement 12-22: Carmel Mission

Stamp Announcement 12-22: Carmel Mission

On February 28, 2012, in Carmel, California, the Postal Service™ will issue an $18.95 Carmel Mission (Express Mail®) stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhe­sive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 113600).

The 2012 Express Mail stamp honors historic Carmel Mission in Carmel, California, a landmark of the state’s Spanish heritage. Often described as one of the most beautiful mission churches in California, the artwork depicts the façade of Carmel Mission with its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window. Designed by art director Phil Jordan, this stamp features an illustration by Dan Cosgrove.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 28, 2012.

Distribution: Item 113600, $18.95 Carmel Mission (Express Mail) PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 20,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make a subsequent automatic dis­tribution to Post Offices of this stamp issue. Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 113600 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDCs and SDOs must not dis­tribute this stamp to Post Offices before February 13, 2012.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp for a minimum of 90 days from the first day of issue and beyond that as long as cus­tomer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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.

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:

Carmel Mission Stamp
3845 Via Nona Marie
Carmel, CA 93923-9998

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 April 28, 2012.

How to Order First Day Covers

The Postal Service 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, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 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 113661*, First Day Cover, $19.39.

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.



Carmel Mission (Express Mail)

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

18.95 Definitive


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

February 28, 2012, Carmel, CA 93923 (No ceremony)


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA

Art Director:

Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA


Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL


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:

5 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 31.11 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.12 x 7.12 in./104.65 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 two positions of pane


© 2011 USPS Plate position diagram Three USPS logos Barcode (113600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text