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Stamp Announcement 13-09: Global Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-09: Global Stamp

On January 28, 2013, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a Global First-Class Mail International® stamp (Forever® priced at $1.10) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 578800).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 28, 2013.

In 2013, the U.S. Postal Service® introduces a new international rate stamp. The Global stamp offers a single price for any First-Class Mail International one-ounce letter to any country in the world. For the January 27, 2013, price change, the Global stamp may also be used to mail a two-ounce letter to Canada. The stamp art showcases the beauty of our planet with an artistic rendering of Earth — a composite of images created from satellite data and data redesigned with 3D computer technology. In this image, the Atlantic Ocean is flanked by North and South America, Africa, and parts of Europe. Art director William J. Gicker selected this depiction of Earth by Italian artist Leonello Calvetti. Greg Breeding designed the stamp.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 578800, Global First-Class Mail International Stamp (Forever priced @ $1.10) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

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

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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

Global Forever Stamp
421 Eighth Ave., Rm. 2029B
New York, NY 10199-9998

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 March 28, 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 seven philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 578806*, Press Sheet with die cuts, $88.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 578808*, Press Sheet without die cuts, $88.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 578810*, Keepsake (Pane & Digital Color Postmark Set), $24.95.

n 578816*, First-Day Cover, $1.54.

n 578821*, Digital Color Postmark, $2.25.

n 578831*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 578832*, Stamp Deck Card w/Digital Color Postmark, $2.60.

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.



Global Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$1.10 First-Class Mail International Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 28, 2013, New York, NY 10199 (Field Event)


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

William J. Gicker, Washington, DC


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Leonello Calvetti, Florence, Italy




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:

80 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

AVR, Clinton, SC


377 (Green), 7 (Cool Gray), Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.205 x 1.205 in./30.61 x 30.61 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.41 x 1.41 in./35.81 x 35.81 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.00 x 9.19 in./177.80 x 233.43 mm

Plate Size:

80 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“V” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “GLOBAL FOREVER” Plate numbers in four corners of pane


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Plate position diagram
Barcode (578800) in upper right and lower left corners of pane
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