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Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly

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Name Value
Date of Issue January 23, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 80,000,000
66-cents Definitive (2 Oz.)
Denomination Value $0.66
Perforation or Dimension 1.225 x 1.225 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm
Issue Location Pine Mountain, GA 31822
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (one Design)

Quantity Produced - 4,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $13.20
SKU: 115900
Dimension: 5.75 x 7.125 in./146.05 x 180.98 mm
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type I
Layout Number: “V” followed by seven (7) single digits
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Press Sheet With Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $132.00
SKU: 115906
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Press Sheet Without Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $132.00
SKU: 115908
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First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.10
SKU: 115916
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Digital Color Postmark

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Original Purchase Price: $1.81
SKU: 115921
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Keepsake (pane & Digital Postmark Set)

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Original Purchase Price: $15.95
SKU: 115910
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Stamp Deck Card

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Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 115931
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Stamp Deck Card W/digital Color Postmark

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Original Purchase Price: $2.16
SKU: 115932
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About Stamp

On January 23, 2013, in Pine Mountain, Georgia, the Postal Service™ will issue a 66-cent Spicebush Swallowtail Butterfly (two-ounce rate) definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 23, 2013.

The spectacular spicebush swallowtail butterfly graces the third butterfly stamp for use on large greeting card envelopes.

The stamp art was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of a spicebush swallowtail rather than an exact replica.

Both as caterpillars and adults, spicebush swallowtails hide from their predators in plain sight. They do this by mimicking other animals and even inedible objects. When very young, the brown and white caterpillar resembles a bird dropping. The caterpillar later morphs into what looks like a small green snake, with yellow and black markings that resemble a snake’s eyes and a false forked tongue. The butterfly’s chrysalis mimics a dried brown leaf, complete with veins.

Nationally known artist Tom Engeman worked with art director Derry Noyes on this design.

The square format of the stamp was developed in partnership with the greeting card industry to indicate that this stamp may be used for square envelopes weighing up to and including one ounce. Greeting card envelopes printed with a silhouette of a butterfly indicate the need for an additional 20 cents postage—or the use of this butterfly stamp. The butterfly stamp may also be used to mail envelopes with irregular sizes and shapes.


321 (Teal), 8 (Cool Gray), 7499 (Yellow), 1665 (Orange), 556 (Green), 550 (Powder Blue), Black


Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Artist: Tom Engeman, Frederick, MD.
Engraver: Trident.
Modeler: Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions.

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