Stamp Announcement 13-45: Global Forever®: Evergreen Wreath Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-45: Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath Stamp


On October 24, 2013 in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a Global Forever®: Evergreen Wreath international (Forever First-Class Mail priced at $1.10) stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 587000).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 24, 2013.

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the winter holidays internationally with Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath, its first global holiday Forever stamp. This 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, Evergreen Wreath may also be used to mail a two-ounce letter to Canada. The stamp art features a photograph of a wreath made with evergreen twigs, pinecones, Nandina berries, and a bow of red ribbon. The shape of the stamp is round. The text, which surrounds the wreath, includes the words “Global” and “Forever.” Art director William Gicker designed the stamp. George E. Brown photographed the wreath, which was created by Alan Talley.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 587000, Global Forever: Evergreen Wreath (Forever priced at $1.10) First-Class Mail PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Global Forever stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 20,000 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 TTOE (Touch-tone Order Entry system) or through the eBuy2 SEAM catalog. 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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: Evergreen Wreath Stamp
380 W. 33rd Street, Rm 4032
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 up to a quantity of 50. For more than 50, customers have to pay five cents each. All orders must be postmarked by December 24, 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 eight philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 587006, Press Sheet with Die Cuts, $66.00
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 587008, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $66.00
(print quantity of 2,500).

n 587010*, Keepsake (Pane and Digital Color Postmark Set), $13.95.

n 587016*, First-Day Cover, $1.54.

n 587021*, Digital Color Postmark, $2.25.

n 587030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 587031*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 587032*, Stamp Deck Card with 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 Forever: Evergreen Wreath Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$1.10 First Class Mail International Forever


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

October 24, 2013, New York,
NY 10199


William J. Gicker, Washington, DC

Art Director:

William J. Gicker, Washington, DC


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


George E. Brown, Alexandria, VA

Wreath Designer:

Allan Talley


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.27 x 1.27 in./32.26 x 32.26 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.41 x 1.41 in./35.81 x 35.81 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.25 x 4.50 in./209.55 x 114.30 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 186C (Red), PMS 7C (Cool Gray)

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


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


© 2013 USPS l USPS logo l Plate position diagram l Barcode (587000) at bottom left corner of pane l Promotional text