Stamp Announcement 17-11: John Fitzgerald Kennedy Stamp

John Fitzgerald Kennedy Stamp

On February 20, 2017, in Boston, MA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the John Fitzgerald Kennedy First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 12 stamps (Item 474600).

The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 20, 2017.

This stamp commemorates the 100th anniversary of the birth of John Fitzgerald Kennedy (1917-1963), 35th president of the United States. Kennedy was the nation’s first Catholic president and, at age 43, the youngest person ever elected to the nation’s highest office. The stamp art features a photograph of Kennedy taken by Ted Spiegel in 1960. The selvage art, showing President Kennedy in a reflective pose, is a 1970 oil painting by Aaron Shikler (courtesy of the White House/White House Historical Association). Art director Derry Noyes designed the issuance.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 474600, John Fitzgerald Kennedy (Forever priced at 49 cents) Commemorative PSA Pane of 12 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to 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 the FDOI 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 800-782-6724. 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:

FDOI – John Fitzgerald Kennedy Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

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 April 20, 2017.

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 474606, Press Sheet with Die-cut, $47.04.

n 474610*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (2 panes), $13.95.

n 474616*, First-Day Cover, $0.93.

n 474621*, Digital Color Postmark, $1.64.

n 474624*, Framed Art, $39.95.

n 474630*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

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.



John Fitzgerald Kennedy Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination & Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 12 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

February 20, 2017, Boston, MA 02205


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC

Existing Photo:

Ted Spiegel, Fishkill, NY

Existing Art:

Aaron Shikler


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:

84,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit SC


Custom/Light Brown, Custom/Dark Brown

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.09 x 1.42 in/27.69 x 36.07 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.23 x 1.56 in/31.24 x 39.62 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

9.35 x 6.47 in/237.49 x 164.34 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

19.60 x 26.247 in/497.84 x 666.67 mm

Plate Size:

96 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by two (2) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: “John Fitzgerald Kennedy 1917-1963” • Plate number in two corners


© 2016 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram •

Barcode (474600) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text