Stamp Announcement 14-45: Purple Heart Medal Stamp

Stamp Announcement 14-45: Purple Heart Medal Stamp

On October 11, 2014, in Dover, DE, the U.S. Postal Service® will re-issue the Purple Heart Medal stamp, Forever® First Class Mail® priced at 49 cents, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps
(Item 115400).

The Purple Heart Medal stamp design features a photograph taken by Ira Wexler of a Purple Heart medal awarded during World War II. The 2011 Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp was reworked in 2012 to display a slightly larger image of the Purple Heart medal on a pure white background. Designed by art director Jennifer Arnold, the stamp was given the name Purple Heart Medal.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 115400, Purple Heart Medal First-Class Mail (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make a subsequent 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:

Purple Heart Medal Stamp
Dover Post Office
55 Loockerman Plaza
Dover, DE 19901-9998

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 10, 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 two philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 125416*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.

n 125431*, Stamped 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.



Purple Heart Medal Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Forever First-Class Mail


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

October 11, 2014, Dover, DE 19901


Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Ira Wexler, Braddock Heights, MD




CCL Label, Inc.

Manufacturing Process:



CCL Label, Inc.

Printed at:

Clinton, SC 29325

Press Type:

Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

70 million stamps

Paper Type:

Prephosphored, Type I

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

CCL Label, Inc., Clinton, SC


Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Purple 266, Red 1805

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.90 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.25 x 4.83 in./133.35 x 122.55 mm

Plate Size:

420 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“C” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2012 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (115400) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text