Stamp Announcement 16-14: Repeal of the Stamp Act Stamp

Stamp Announcement 16-14: Repeal of the Stamp Act Stamp

On May 29, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Repeal of the Stamp Act stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 10 stamps (Item 586700). The Repeal of the Stamp Act souvenir sheet may not be split, and the stamps may not be sold individually.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 29, 2016.

This 2016 issuance of the Repeal of the Stamp Act stamp commemorates the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act — British legislation that galvanized and united the American colonies and set them on a path toward revolution. The act required payment of a tax on a wide array of paper materials, such as newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, licenses, mortgages, contracts, and bills of sale. A stamp would be embossed on these papers to indicate payment. The postage stamp depicts a crowd gathered around a “liberty tree” to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act. The selvage area displays a proof print of a one-penny revenue stamp and includes a famous slogan from the era: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Verso text appears on the back of the pane. The stamp was illustrated by noted historical painter Greg Harlin. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp and the pane.

Initial Supply to Post Offices: Item 586700, $4.70, Repeal of the Stamp Act (Forever priced at 47 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 10 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps prior to the FDOI through SFS Web.

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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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:

Repeal of the Stamp Act Stamp
Special Events Coordinator
380 West 33rd Street
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. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by July 29, 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 http:⁄⁄⁄shop, 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 nine philatelic products for this stamp issue:

n 586706, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $56.40
(print quantity 3,000).

n 586710*, Keepsake, $11.95.

n 586716*, First-Day Cover, $0.91.

n 586718*, First-Day Cover, Full Pane, $7.20.

n 586719*, Cancelled Full Pane, $7.20.

n 586721*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.62.

n 586724*. Framed Art, $39.95.

n 586730*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 586733*, Panel, $17.95.

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.



Repeal of the Stamp Act Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Souvenir Sheet of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

May 29, 2016, New York, NY 10199


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Greg Harlin, Annapolis, MD


Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Printed at:

Browns Summit, NC

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

12 million stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.09 x 1.42 in.⁄27.56 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.23 x 1.56 in.⁄31.12 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.5 x 5.00 in.⁄215.90 x 127.00 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

25.5 x 20.00 in.⁄647.70 x 508.00 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Marginal Markings:


© 2015 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (586700) in lower right corner of pane
• Promotional text • Verso text