Stamp Announcement 15-3: $2.00 Patriotic Waves Stamp

Stamp Announcement 15-3: $2.00 Patriotic Waves Stamp

On January 30, 2015, in Norcross, GA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue a $2 Patriotic Waves mail use stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 117500).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 30, 2015.

In 2015, the U.S. Postal Service offers the $2 Patriotic Waves, a new, high-denomination stamp. This contemporary stamp design was created to lend a patriotic appearance to packages, large envelopes, and other mailings. The $2 Patriotic Waves stamp features red and blue intersecting lines on a white background in an abstract pattern reminiscent of billowing flags. A portion on the lower right side of the stamp provides white space to display the dollar sign and the numeral 2. Designer Michael Dyer worked with art director Antonio Alcalá to create this stamp.

To learn more about the stories behind the stamps, visit

Distribution: Item 117500, $2 Patriotic Waves PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services and Dulles Stamp Distribution Center (SDC) will receive an automatic distribution quantity for a PSA pane of 10 stamps. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 20,000 stamps.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make a subsequent automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps through SFS Web in mid-December, which is prior to the FDOI.

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:

$2 Patriotic Waves Stamp
Norcross Main Office
265 Mitchell Road
Norcross, GA 30071-9998

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 March 31, 2015.

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 six philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 117506, Press Sheet with Die cut, $200.00,
(print quantity 500).

n 117508, Press Sheet without Die cut, $200.00
(print quantity 1,000).

n 117510* Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $23.95.

n 117516*, First-Day Cover, $2.44.

n 117521*, Digital Color Postmark, $3.15.

n 117531*, 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.



$2 Patriotic Waves Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$2.00 Mail Use


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 30, 2015, Norcross, GA


Michael Dyer, Brooklyn, NY

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Michael Dyer, Brooklyn, NY


Michael Dyer, Brooklyn, NY


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

10 Million Stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:

Pressure-sensitive adhesive

Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


PMS 2174 C Blue, PMS 185 C Red, PMS Cool Gray C #8

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.09 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.26 x 6.48 in./108.20 x 164.59 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

21.30 x 12.96 in./541.02 x 329.18 mm

Plate Size:

200 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by three (3) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate Block Numbers in two positions


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