Stamp Announcement 13-17: Patriotic Star Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-17: Patriotic Star Stamp

On March 19, 2013, in San Francisco, California, the Postal Service™ will issue a Patriotic Star First-Class Mail® 46-cent stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 stamps (Item 789700).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 19, 2013.

With the Patriotic Star stamp issuance, the U.S. Postal Service® features one of the nation’s quintessential symbols. The red, white, and blue star, designed to look like it is crafted from striped ribbon, is actually two stars — a smaller one inside a larger one — on a white background. Both stars have five points, like the stars on the American flag. Nancy Stahl designed the stamp and Greg Breeding was the art director.

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Distribution: Item 789700, 46-cent Patriotic Star First-Class Mail PSA Coil of 10,000 Stamps ($4,600.00 Value)

Stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantities of the Patriotic Star denominated coils of 10,000 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 10.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs/SDCs will not make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring item 789700 must requisition it 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of these items until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Patriotic Star Stamp
Debbie Brady/Elisa Sloan NPF
PO Box 7838
San Francisco, CA 94120-7838

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 May 19, 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 two philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 789716*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 789721*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

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.



Patriotic Star Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Rate


Coil of 10,000 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

March 19, 2013, San Francisco, CA 94188 (No Ceremony)


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Nancy Stahl, New York, NY


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, N.C.

Press Type:

Alprinta, 74

Stamps per Coil:


Print Quantity:

125 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prehosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation, Fredericksburg, VA

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

.78 x .85 in./19.81 x 21.59 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

.87 x .98 in./22.09 x 24.89 mm


Light Blue, Red, Dark Blue

Full Pane Size (w x h):


Plate Size:

540 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by three (3) single digits

Marginal Markings:

© 2012 • Plate block numbers every 27th stamp