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Hanukkah

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue November 19, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 7,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension 1.19 x .91 in./30.23 x 23.11 mm
Issue Location New York, NY 10199
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 350,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.20
SKU: 583000
Dimension: 5.76 x 5.55 in./146.30 x 140.97 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) single digits

Press Sheet Without Die Cuts

Quantity Produced - 1,000
Original Purchase Price: $73.60
SKU: 583008

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.90
SKU: 583016

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.61
SKU: 583021

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 583030

Keepsake (pane and Digital Color Post­mark Set)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $10.95
SKU: 583010

Stamp Deck Card

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Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 583031

Stamp Deck Card With Digital Color Post­mark

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Original Purchase Price: $1.96
SKU: 583032

About Stamp

On November 19, 2013, in New York, New York, the Postal Service™ will issue a Hanukkah (Forever® priced at 46 cents) First-Class mail® stamp in one design in a pres­sure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide November 19, 2013.

Celebrated by Jews around the world, Hanukkah, the joyous Festival of Lights, spans eight nights and days of remembrance and ritual.

Central to the celebration is the hanukiah, a nine-branched menorah used only at Hanukkah. Eight of its branches represent each of the eight nights and days of Hanukkah, and the ninth, the shamash or “the servant,” is used to light the other candles. The stamp art is a photograph of a contemporary forged-iron hanukiah created by Vermont blacksmith Steven Bronstein. Nine lighted white beeswax candles top each of the branches. The word “Hanukkah” is spelled out across the top of the stamp in yellow letters.

Hanukkah is the Hebrew word for “dedication.” Tradition relates how a miracle took place during the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, which had been desecrated. The sacramental oil, thought to be enough for only one day, burned for eight days. The miracle of the oil is at the heart of the ritual of the lighting of the hanukiah.

The celebration of Hanukkah begins on the 25th of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, a date that falls in late November or December. In 2013, Hanukkah begins at sundown on November 27.

Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamp. George E. Brown was the photographer.

The Hanukkah stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 121 (Yellow C)

Creators

Designer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Art Director: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Typographer: Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD.
Photographer: George E. Brown, Alexandria, VA.
Blacksmith: Steven Bronstein.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22375. Copyright: USPS.

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