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Stamp Announcement 16-02: La Cueva del Indio Stamp

Stamp Announcement 16-02: La Cueva del Indio Stamp

On January 17, 2016, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® issued the $6.45 La Cueva del Indio Priority Mail® stamp, in one design, in a pressure–sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 119100).

The stamp went on sale nationwide January 17, 2016.

With this new Priority Mail stamp, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates one of Puerto Rico’s many magical and mysterious caves, La Cueva del Indio. The stamp art depicts a sunset view of La Cueva del Indio, or the Cave of the Indian, which is located near Arecibo on Puerto Rico’s north coast. The cave gets its name from the great number of engravings, known as petroglyphs, found on its walls. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Dan Cosgrove.

Distribution: Item 119100, La Cueva del Indio, $6.45 Priority Mail, PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services has made an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™ of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Post Offices may order stamps through SFS Web at

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 800-782-6724. 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:

La Cueva del Indio Stamp
Special Events
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by March 17, 2016.

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 four philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 119106, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $387.00
(print quantity 300).

n 119108, Press Sheet without Die-cut, $387.00
(print quantity 500).

n 119116*, First-Day Cover, $6.89.

n 119121*, Digital Color Postmark, $7.60.

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.



La Cueva Del Indio

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

$6.45 Priority Mail Price


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

January 17, 2016, Washington,
DC 20066


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL


Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

12 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 1.085 in./36.07 x 27.56 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 31.12 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

4.12 x 7.12 in./104.64 x 180.85 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

8.24 x 21.36 in./209.30 x 542.54 mm

Plate Size:

180 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate numbers in two corners of pane


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