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Holy Family - Christmas

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 10, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 400,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.11 x 30.22 mm
Issue Location Washington, DC, (National Cathedral)
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Doubled-sided Booklet (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 20,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 679900
Dimension: 5.74 x 2.35 in./145.80 x 59.69 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged
Layout Number: “S” followed by five (5) single digits

Uncut Press Sheet (without Die Cut)

Quantity Produced - 5,000
Original Purchase Price: $90.00
SKU: 679984

Uncut Press Sheet (mini-sheet) Without Die Cut

Quantity Produced - 5,000
Original Purchase Price: $27.00
SKU: 679986

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.89
SKU: 679961

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.60
SKU: 679965

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 679991

Cancellation Keepsake (dcp W/pane)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.95
SKU: 679999

About Stamp

On October 10, 2012, in Washington, DC, at the National Cathedral, the Postal Service™ will issue the Holy Family First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® stamp, priced at 45 cents) in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 11, 2012.

The Holy Family stamp celebrates Christmas with a scene from the Nativity story that reminds us of the joys of the season: family, togetherness, and the birth of the baby Jesus. It continues the U.S. Postal Service’s tradition of issuing beautiful and timeless Christmas stamps and will be a treasured addition to cards and letters sent during this season of goodwill and sharing.

Working together, art director William J. Gicker, designer Greg Breeding, and artist Nancy Stahl created an evocative new image of the Holy Family. The stamp illustration shows Joseph leading a donkey that carries Mary and Jesus, guided by a star shining in the twilight of a desert sky.

The Holy Family stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Colors

PMS 8520 (Gold), Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Creators

Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Art Director: William J. Gicker, USPS.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Artist: Nancy Stahl, New York, NY.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22345. Copyright: USPS.

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