Stamp Announcement 15-27: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Butterfly) Stamp

Stamp Announcement 15-27: Eastern Tiger Swallowtail (Butterfly) Stamp

On June 1, 2015, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Non-machineable Surcharge Rate, (Non-denominated priced at 71 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 117800).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 1, 2015.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail on its fifth butterfly stamp issuance for greeting card envelopes that require additional postage. The stamp art is a colorful, highly stylized depiction of the butterfly. The words “NON-MACHINEABLE SURCHARGE” on the stamp indicate its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be valid for the rate printed on it. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents. Named for the black “tiger” stripes along the upper surfaces of its wings, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is easily spotted. Abundant from southern New England to Florida and west to the Great Plains and central Texas, the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail is a frequent visitor to gardens, woodlands, and riverbeds. Tom Engeman was the artist. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

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Distribution: Item 117800, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Non-machineable Surcharge Rate (Non-denominated priced at 71 cents) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Premier Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps on May 25, 2015, through SFS Web. However, offices should check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

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:

71¢ Eastern Tiger Swallowtail 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 July 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 seven philatelic products for the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail stamp issue:

n 117806, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $85.20 (print quantity 250).

n 117808, Press Sheet without Die-cut, $85.20 (print quantity 500).

n 117810*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $16.95.

n 117816*, First-Day Cover, $1.15.

n 117821*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.86.

n 117831*, Stamp Deck Card, $0.95.

n 117832*, Stamp Deck Card with Digital Color Postmark, $2.21.

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.



Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

Non-Machineable Surcharge Rate, Mail-Use


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

June 1, 2015, Kansas City, MO 64108


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Tom Engeman, Frederick, MD


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

100 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 2726C Purple

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.09 x 1.09 in./27.56 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.23 x 1.23 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.90 x 7.12 in./149.86 x 180.85 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

11.80 x 21.36 in./299.72 x 542.54 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in four corners of pane


© 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (117800) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text