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Stamp Announcement 21-9: Colorado Hairstreak Stamp


On March 9, 2021, in Estes Park, CO, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Colorado Hairstreak stamp (Non-denominated priced at the Non-machineable Surcharge rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 121200). This stamp will go on sale nationwide March 9, 2021, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

The Colorado hairstreak graces the eighth non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly-sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations, or announcements. The stamp art was created digitally using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly-stylized, simplified image of a Colorado hairstreak (Hypaurotis crysalus) rather than an exact replica. The Colorado hairstreak, that state’s official insect, is not attracted to flowers. The small, shimmering, purple butterfly perches in oak trees in the Southwest, sipping sap and raindrops. Tom Engeman created the stamp art. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 121200, Colorado Hairstreak, Non-machineable Surcharge Rate, Non-denominated PSA 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 – Colorado Hairstreak 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 July 9, 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.



Colorado Hairstreak Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

Non-machineable Surcharge


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

March 9, 2021, Estes Park, CO 80517

Art Director:

Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Derry Noyes, Washington, DC


Tom Engeman, Kensington, MD


Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Alprinta 74

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

75,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Black, Pantone 1795, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.085 x 1.085 in./27.559 x 27.559 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.225 x 1.225 in./31.115 x 31.115 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

5.9 x 7.12 in./149.86 x 180.848 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by five (5) single digits in four corners

Marginal Markings:


Header: Colorado Hairstreak • Plate number in four corners


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