Stamp Announcement 12-46: Four Flags

Stamp Announcement 12-46: Four Flags

On September 14, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a Four Flags First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) automated teller machine (ATM) sheetlet of 18 stamps (Item 577400).

The stamps will go on sale September 14, 2012.

The stamps were previously issued as:

n PSA Booklet of 20, 2/22/12 (Item 688100).

n PSA Coil of 100, 2/22/12 (Item 788700).

n PSA Booklet of 10, 6/1/12 (Item 688300).

Distribution: Item 577400, Four Flags First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 45 cents) PSA ATM Sheetlet of 18 Stamps ($8.10)

The distribution of this stamp issue will be limited to Stamp Fulfillment Services (SFS). Since there is sufficient national inventory of the Lady Liberty & US Flag ATM sheet­let, Item 575700, at the stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs), there will not be any distribution of the Four Flags ATM sheetlet stamp to the field. SDOs and SDCs will continue to ship existing sup­plies of Item 575700 to Post Offices.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make any distribution of this stamp issue to Post Offices. Post Offices (APC units) that require additional supplies of ATM sheetlets should continue to order Item 575700, Lady Liberty & US Flag. Post Offices that have customers wanting Item 577400, Four Flags ATM, should direct them to Stamp Fulfillment Services.

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:

Four Flags ATM Booklet of 18 Stamps
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 14, 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:

U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There is one philatelic product available for this stamp issue:

n 577463*, First-Day Cover Set of 4, $3.56.

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.



Four Flags

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail® Forever


ATM Sheetlet of 18 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

September 14, 2012, Washington, DC 20066 (No Ceremony)


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Arnold C. Holeywell


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Flexographic, Offset, Microprint, “USPS”


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Print Quantity:

342 million stamps

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Sheetlet:


Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Overall

Adhesive Type:




Stamp Side:

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Cover Side:

Black, PMS 200 (Red), PMS 287 (Blue)

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

Booklet Size (w x h):

2.61 x 6.125 in./66.294 x 155.58 mm

Plate Size:

720 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:

Cover Side:

Header: “Justice, Equality, Freedom, Liberty” EIGHTEEN FIRST-CLASS FOREVER® STAMPS Barcode (015645 577404) USPS logo
Promotional text

Stamp Side:

© 2011 USPS in peel strip area
Plate block number in peel strip