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Stamp Announcement 24-2: Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon Stamp

Lunar New Year Stamp

On January 25, 2024, in Seattle, WA, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 484300). This stamp will go on sale nationwide January 25, 2024, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon commemorative pane of 20 stamps must not be split and the stamps must not be sold individually.

In 2024, the Postal Service™ will issue the fifth of 12 stamps in its latest Lunar New Year series. The Year of the Dragon begins February 10, 2024, and ends on January 28, 2025. Calling to mind the elaborately decorated masks used in the dragon or lion dances often performed in Lunar New Year parades, this three-dimensional mask depicting a dragon is a contemporary take on the long tradition of paper-cut folk-art crafts created during this time of year. Simplified illustrations of the 12 zodiac animals form columns on the left and right sides of the stamp pane. Art director Antonio Alcalá designed this stamp issuance with original artwork by Camille Chew.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 484300, Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) Pane of 20 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 will be available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web; offices must also check the amount they will receive on 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 – Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon 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 May 25, 2024.

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.



Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)


Lunar New Year

Issue Date & City:

January 25, 2024, Seattle, WA 98109

Art Director:

Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA


Camille Chew, Providence, RI


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Foil Stamping, Flexographic, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

22,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 7579C Orange, PMS 7563C Light Brown, Gold Foil Luxor MTS 413, Purple Foil Luxor MTS 432

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

0.8400 x 1.4200 in. / 21.3360 x 36.0680 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

0.9800 x 1.5600 in. / 24.8920 x 39.6240 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.2500 x 8.5000 in. / 184.1500 x 215.9000 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

14.5000 x 19.5000 in. / 368.3000 x 495.3000 mm

Plate Size:

80 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by six (6) single digits

Marginal Markings:


Header: Lunar New Year: Year of the Dragon • Plate number in bottom two corners


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