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Stamp Announcement 20-27: Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Stamp


On September 17, 2020, in Plymouth, MA, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps (Item 476700). The stamp will go on sale nationwide September 17, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

With this commemorative stamp, the United States Postal Service marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of the Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor. The watercolor, gouache, and acrylic painting was digitally refined to convey a scene of desolate beauty at the end of the Pilgrims‘ harrowing journey to an unfamiliar world. The stamp also features a stylized hawthorn flower printed in intaglio. In England, the hawthorn — a member of the rose family — is sometimes called a mayflower, as it blooms in May. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Greg Harlin.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 476700, Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices. Post Offices may begin ordering stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web at

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 – Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor 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 January 17, 2021.

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




Mayflower in Plymouth Harbor Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

September 17, 2020, Plymouth, MA 02360

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Harlin, Annapolis, MD


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Intaglio, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Press Type:

Stevens Vari-Size Security Press

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

25,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tagged

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in./36.068 x 21.336 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in./39.624 x 24.892 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

10 x 6.35 in./254 x 161.29 mm

Press Sheet Size (w x h):

20.125 x 12.825 in./511.175 x 325.755 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Intaglio Black

Plate Size:

80 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: MAYFLOWER IN PLYMOUTH HARBOR • Plate number in bottom two corners


©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Two barcodes (476700) • Promotional text • Plate position diagram (4)