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Stamp Announcement 12-48: Earthscapes

Stamp Announcement 12-48: Earthscapes

© 2011 USPS

On October 1, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue Earthscapes commemorative stamps (For­ever® stamp, priced at 45 cents) in 15 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 15 stamps (Item 470100).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide October 1, 2012.

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the beauty and diversity of America’s landscapes as seen from above with the issuance of Earthscapes. The stamp pane features 15 stamps in three rows of five. The top row shows five exam­ples of natural earthscapes. The middle row focuses on a wide range of agricultural earthscapes. The bottom row shows urban earthscapes. The images, captured by satel­lites or taken from aircraft, were chosen to showcase designs or patterns and geographic diversity. Art director Howard E. Paine designed the stamp pane.

Distribution: Item 470100, Earthscapes Commemorative Stamps (Forever priced at 45 cents) PSA Pane of 15 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 30,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will make a subsequent automatic distribu­tion to Post Offices of a quantity to cover approximately 45 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic dis­tribution will be posted, by finance number and unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at SDOs/SDCs must not distribute this commemorative sheet to Post Offices before September 17, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 470100 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Earthscapes Commemorative 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 December 2, 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 are 11 philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 470162*, First-Day Cover (Full Pane), $9.25.

n 470163*, First-Day Cover Set of 15, $13.35.

n 470164*, First-Day Cancelled (Full Pane), $9.25.

n 470168*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 15, $24.00.

n 470177, Jigsaw Puzzle, $17.95.

n 470184, Uncut Press Sheet (without die cut), $60.75.
(Print Quantity of 2,500)

n 470191*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.

n 470192*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 470194*, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP (random single), $1.95.

n 470197*, Commemorative Stamp Panel, $16.95.

n 470199*, Cancellation Keepsake (random DCP
w/Pane), $8.95.

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.




Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative


Pane of 15 (15 designs)



Issue Date & City:

October 1, 2012, Washington, DC 20066


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA

Art Director:

Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Man Roland, 300

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

39,999,990 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 2728 (Blue)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.07 x 1.07 in./27.18 x 27.18 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.224 x 1.224 in./31.09 x 31.09 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.25 x 5.51 in./184.15 x 139.95 mm

Plate Size:

135 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “EARTHSCAPES” • Plate block numbers in four corners of pane


Header: “EARTHSCAPES” Verso text © 2011 USPS USPS logo
Plate position diagram Barcode (470100) in lower left and upper right corners of pane Promotional text

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