Stamp Announcement 14-17: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14-17: Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Stamp

On March 4, 2014, in Brooklyn, New York, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge $5.60 Priority Mail® stamp in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 116300).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 4, 2014.

With this 2014 Priority Mail stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge. Spanning New York Bay at the Narrows, the bridge connects Brooklyn and Staten Island. It can be seen from vantage points in all five of New York City’s boroughs. The artwork featrues a colorful, digital illustration of the bridge at twilight. Designed by art director Phil Jordan, the stamp showcases the work of illustrator Dan Cosgrove.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 116300, $5.60 Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Priority Mail Stamp PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and Stamp Distribution Centers (SDCs) will receive their normal automatic distribution quantity of Verrazano-Narrows Bridge (Priority Mail) 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 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 prior to the first-day-of-issue. Post Offices should not sell the stamp prior to first-day-of-issue.

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:

Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Stamp
Retail Manager
USPS – Triboro District
1050 Forbell Street
Brooklyn, NY 11256-2015

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 May 3, 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 three philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 116316*, First-Day Cover, $6.04.

n 116321*, Digital Color Postmark, $6.75.

n 116331*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

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.



Verrazano-Narrows Bridge Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Priority Mail Rate


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

March 4, 2014, Brooklyn, NY 11201


Phil Jordan

Art Director:

Phil Jordan


Phil Jordan


Dan Cosgrove


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset Micoprint


Ashton Potter

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Vari-size security press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

10 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Aston Potter, Williamsville, NY


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Back Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.09 in./36.07 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.22 in./39.62 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.12 x 7.12 in./104.65 x 180.85 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in two corners of pane


© 2014 USPS • Three USPS logos
• Plate position diagram • Barcode (116300 in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text
• Proprietary Notice

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