Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 18-25: Global Poinsettia Stamp


On August 26, 2018, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Global Poinsettia stamp (Global Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail International® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (565900). The stamp will go on sale nationwide August 26, 2018.

Global Poinsettia is a new Global Forever international rate stamp that can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available. A striking photograph of a poinsettia arranged against a white background graces this round holiday stamp. Taken from above, the photo captures the beauty of the green leaves, the red bracts, and the yellow flowers in the center of the plant. Text repeated twice around the circumference of the stamp reads “GLOBAL” in bold red letters and “USA,” “FOREVER,” and “2018” in black. William J. Gicker was the art director and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Betsy Pettet.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 565900, Global Poinsettia, $1.15 Global Forever, PSA Pane of 10 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 first-day-of-issue through SFS Web, but must also check the amount they will receive in their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office or at The Postal Store® website at They must 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 – Global Poinsettia 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 December 26, 2018.

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 USA Philatelic publication and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic publication online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Global Poinsettia Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

Global Forever International Rate


Pane of 10 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

August 26, 2018, Kansas City, MO 64108

Art Director:

William J. Gicker


Greg Breeding


Greg Breeding

Existing Photo:

Betsy Pettet


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:

100,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC


186 Red, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.2 x 1.2 in./30.48 x 30.48 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.414 x 1.414 in./35.916 x 35.916 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

8.4 x 4.041 in./213.36 x 102.641 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“B” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in four corners of pane


©2018 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (565900) on each stamp • Plate position diagram • Promotional text