Stamp Announcement 14-8: Great Spangled Fritillary (Butterfly) Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14-8: Great Spangled Fritillary (Butterfly) Stamp

On February 10, 2014, in Kansas City, Missouri, the Postal Service™ will issue a 70-cent Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly (two-ounce rate) definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 116600) produced by CCL Label, Inc.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 10, 2014.

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the great spangled fritillary on its fourth butterfly stamp issuance for large greeting card envelopes that require additional postage. Named for the silvery spots on the undersides of its wings, this large butterfly can have a wingspan of up to four inches and is found in all northern states. The stamp art is a colorful, highly stylized depiction of the butterfly. Tom Engeman was the artist. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 116600, 70-cent Great Spangled Fritillary (Butterfly) Definitive PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 20 stamps. Distributions for panes are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 40,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

There will be no automatic distribution of these items to Post Offices™. Offices will be notified when these stamps are available to order through eBuy2.

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:

Great Spangled Fritillary (Butterfly) Stamp
Cancellation Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Pillar 210
Kansas City, MO 64144-0001

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 April 13, 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 116606, Press Sheet w/Die Cuts, $140.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 116608, Press Sheet w/o Die Cuts, $140.00 (print quantity of 2,500).

n 116610*, Keepsake (Pane and DCP Set), $15.95.

n 116616*, First-Day Cover, $1.14.

n 116621*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.85.

n 116631*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 116632*, Stamp Deck Card w/DCP, $2.20.

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.

(Note: Technical details table will appear in the next Postal Bulletin.)