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Stamp Announcement 13-40: Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-40: Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny Stamp

On September 22, 2013, in Washington, DC, at the National Postal Museum, the Postal Service™ will issue a $2.00 Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny, commemorative stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of six stamps (Item 580000). The $12.00 Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually and should be tracked in AIC 092 as a philatelic product.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 22, 2013.

This souvenir sheet features a new version of perhaps the most famous error in the history of U.S. stamps: the Inverted Jenny, a 1918 misprint that mistakenly showed a biplane flying wrong side up. Reprinted with a $2.00 denomination to make them easily distinguishable from the 24-cent originals, the six Inverted Jennys on this sheet commemorate the many ways a single stamp can turn a moment in history upside down. Working with art director Antonio Alcalá, Steven Noble created selvage artwork that depicts the National Postal Museum, aviation pioneer Reuben H. Fleet, and a map of the first regular airmail service route.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution and Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 580000, $12.00 Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny Commemorative PSA Souvenir Sheet of Six Stamps

A special automatic distribution will be done to all Post Offices™ for this souvenir sheet. The exact distribution quantities for the automatic distribution will be posted, by finance number and Unit ID, on the Asset Management SDC webpage at Post Offices will NOT be able to preorder these stamps prior to first-day-of-issue, and they will not be able to order additional stamps through the Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) and Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) once they have sold their automatic distribution quantities.

Customers may purchase these souvenir sheets at The Postal Store® website at,, or by calling 800-STAMP-24.

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:

Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny Stamp
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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by November 22, 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 nine philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 580006, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $72.00
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 580008, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $72.00
(print quantity of 3,000).

n 580010*, Keepsake (Souvenir Sheet & Digital Color Postmark Set), $15.95.

n 580016*, First-Day Cover, $2.44.

n 580018*, First-Day Cover (Full Sheet), $14.50.

n 580019*, First-Day Cancelled (Full Sheet), $14.50.

n 580021*, Digital Color Postmark, $3.15.

n 580027, Limited Edition, $200.00
(see item description below).

n 580030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

Limited Edition, Item 580027 (Limited 10 per Customer)

Limited Edition, Item 280027 image

Merging past with present, the limited-quantity Inverted Jenny Collector’s Edition (Item 580027 pictured above) pays tribute to the beloved stamp, taking collectors up close to the intaglio printing process behind the 2013 Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny stamps. The set includes: a series of collectible proofs pulled during the time of the 2013 production, showing each intaglio color in isolation; an authentic section of the die wipe used during the press run; one mint and one cancelled sheet of Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny Forever® stamps; a 48-page booklet that reveals the story of the stamp, from how the initial error leaked to why the Postal Service is issuing the new version; and a protective box that bears an ornamental seal showing the stamp name and biplane in hand-drawn lettering. The set is priced at $200 and only 5,000 will be sold. Preorders will be accepted through October 15, 2013, while supplies last, via or 800-STAMP-24 with fulfillment in December.

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.



Stamp Collecting: Inverted Jenny

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$2.00 Commemorative


Souvenir Sheet of 6 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

September 22, 2013, Washington, DC 20066 (National Postal Museum)

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Steven Noble, Petaluma, CA


Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:





Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Goebel/670, Phoenix

Stamps per Sheet:


Print Quantity:

13,200,600 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.861 x 0.7299 in./21.87 x 18.54 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.0023 x 0.87 in./25.46 x 22.10 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.0 x 3.5 in./127.0 x 88.90 mm


PMS 7401 (Yellow), Intaglio Red, Intaglio Dark Blue, Intaglio Light Blue

Plate Size:

108 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:


Marginal Markings:


Header: “STAMP COLLECTING” “INVERTED JENNY” at bottom of pane printed upside down


l “INVERTED JENNY” at bottom of pane printed upside down l Verso text printed upside down l © 2013 USPS l USPS Logo l Plate position diagram Barcode (580000) in lower left hand corner of pane Promotional text