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Stamp Announcement 13-01: Emancipation Proclamation

Stamp Announcement 13-01: Emancipation Proclamation

On January 1, 2013, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue an Emancipation Proclamation commemorative First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® stamp priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 470300).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 1, 2013.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service® commemorates the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, which President Abraham Lincoln signed on January 1, 1863. The proclamation declared all slaves in the rebel states to be free. The stamp, evocative of broadsides from the Civil War era, includes the phrase “Henceforth Shall Be Free,” taken from the Proclamation. Illustrator Gail Anderson worked with art director Antonio Alcala\u00B4 to create the stamp art. The Emancipation Proclamation stamp is one in a Civil Rights Set being issued in 2013. The next issue in the set will commemorate Rosa Parks.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 470300, Emancipation Proclamation Commemorative First-Class Mail (Forever stamp priced at 45 cents) PSA Pane of 20 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 40,000 booklets.

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 December 18, 2012.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional Item 470300 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may order these stamps through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog or the Stamp Services System (for HI and PR offices).

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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

Emancipation Proclamation Stamp
Special Cancellations
P.O. 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 March 1, 2013.

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 ten philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 470361*, First Day Cover, $0.89.

n 470365*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.60.

n 470367, Letterpress Poster Numbered, $29.95.

n 470377, Letterpress Poster Signed & Numbered, $49.95.

n 470384, Press Sheet (with die cut), $90.00. (Print Quantity of 2,500)

n 470386, Press Sheet (without die cut), $90.00 (Print Quantity of 2,500).

n 470391*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 470392*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 470394*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $1.95.

n 470399*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $10.95.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 bar code from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use bar code series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.



Emancipation Proclamation

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Forever Commemorative


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 1, 2013, Washington, DC 20066


Gail Anderson, New York, NY

Art Director:

Antonio, Alcala\u00B4, Alexandria, VA


Gail Anderson, New York, NY




Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions

Manufacturing Process:



Avery Dennison (AVR)

Printed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

45 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type II

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


409 (Brown), 468 (Brown), 187 (Red), Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.84 x 1.42 in./21.34 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

6.75 x 7.25 in./171.45 x 184.15 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Side Header: “FREEDOM” Plate numbers in four corners of pane


©2012 USPS USPS logo Plate position diagram Barcode (470300) in upper right and lower left corners of pane Promotional text Verso text