Stamp Services

Stamp Announcement 20-29: Hanukkah Stamp


On October 6, 2020, in New Rochelle, NY, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Hanukkah stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 20 stamps (Item 574800). The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 6, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

This new stamp celebrates the joyous Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. The stamp art’s colorful digital illustration shows the lighting of the Hanukkah menorah — the nine-branched hanukiah — on the last evening of the holiday. All eight of the Hanukkah candles have been lit, and the child is reaching up to replace the shamash, the helper candle used to light the others in the menorah. Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp with original art by Jing Jing Tsong.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 574800, Hanukkah (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 – Hanukkah 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 February 6, 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.



Hanukkah Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

October 6, 2020, New Rochelle, NY 10801

Art Director:

Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD


Jing Jing Tsong, Kailua Kona, HI


Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Press Type:

Muller A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

15,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.558 mm

Stamp Size (w x h):

1.19 x 0.91 in./30.226 x 23.114 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.76 x 5.8 in./146.304 x 147.32 mm


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7405C Yellow

Plate Size:

320 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“P” followed by five (5) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: Hanukkah • Plate number in bottom 2 corners


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