Stamp Announcement 14-43: Global: Silver Bells Wreath Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14--43: Global: Silver Bells Wreath Stamp

On October 23, 2014, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Global: Silver Bells Wreath Forever® International Price stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 588300).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 23, 2014.

The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the winter holidays internationally with the Global: Silver Bells Wreath stamp. This is the second stamp in the Global Holiday series. This stamp offers a single price for any First-Class Mail International® 1-ounce letter to any country in the world. As with all Global Forever stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International 1-ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use. An elegant wreath of silver bells graces this round holiday stamp. The circle of densely packed bells is arranged against a deep green background, with a rich red bow anchored at the top of the wreath. Art director William J. Gicker and Michael Owens designed the stamp. Sally Andersen-Bruce photographed the wreath, which was constructed by Michael Owens. Angelica Dennis created the bow.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™.

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: Silver Bells Wreath
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street, Room 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 22, 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 eight philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 588306, Press Sheet with Die cuts, $69.00
(print quantity 1,000).

n 588308, Press Sheet without Die cuts, $69.00
(print quantity 1,000).

n 588310*, Keepsake (Pane and Digital Color Set), $13.95.

n 588316*. First-Day Cover, $1.59.

n 588321*, Digital Color Postmark, $2.30.

n 588330*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 588331*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 588332*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color
Postmark, $2.65.

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 Silver Bells Wreath Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Forever International Price


Pane of 10 (1 design)


Global Holiday

Issue Date & City:

October 23, 2014, New York,
NY 10199


Michael Owens, Washington, DC
William J Gicker, Washington, DC

Art Director:

William J Gicker, Washington, DC


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Sally Andersen Bruce, New Milford, CT




Donald Woo

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America/SSP

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta Model 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

30 million stamps

Paper Type:

Raflatac USPS-P-1238

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


PMS 877 (Silver), Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

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 4.5 in./209.55 x 114.30 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

24.75 x 9.00 in./628.65 x 228.60 mm

Plate Size:

150 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“S” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in two corners of pane


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