Stamp Announcement 13-49: Hanukkah Stamp

Stamp Announcement 13-49: Hanukkah Stamp

On November 19, 2013, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a Hanukkah (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® stamp in one design in a pres­sure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 583000).

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

Celebrated by Jews around the world, Hanukkah, the joyous Festival of Lights, spans eight nights and days of remembrance and ritual. In 2013, Hanukkah begins at sun­down on November 27. The stamp art is a photograph of a contemporary forged-iron menorah created by Vermont blacksmith, Steven Bronstein. Nine lighted white beeswax candles top each of the branches. “Hanukkah” (the Hebrew word for “dedication”) is spelled out across the top of the stamp in yellow letters. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp and George E. Brown was the photogapher.

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Distribution: Item 583000, Hanukkah (Forever priced at 46 cents) First-Class Mail PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribu­tion centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic dis­tribution quantity of Hanukkah 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 an automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog or via Touch-tone ordering. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue. 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All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale.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:

Hanukkah 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 January 19, 2014.

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 583008, Press Sheet without Die Cuts, $73.60 (print quantity of 1,000).

n 583010*, Keepsake (Pane and Digital Color Post­mark Set), $10.95.

n 583016*, First-Day Cover, $0.90.

n 583021*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.61.

n 583030*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 583031*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 583032*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Post­mark, $1.96.

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.



Hanukkah Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Holiday Celebrations

Issue Date & City:

November 19, 2013, New York, NY 10199


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


George E. Brown, Alexandria, VA


Steven Bronstein


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset/Microprint “USPS”




Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

7 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x .77 in./26.67 x 19.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.19 x .91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.76 x 5.55 in./146.30 x 140.97 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 121 (Yellow C)

Plate Size:

160 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate block numbers in four corners of pane


© 2013 USPS l USPS logo l Plate position diagram l Barcode (583000) at top right and lower left corners of pane l Promotional text