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Purple Heart Medal

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue October 11, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 70,000,000
Denomination
Forever First-Class Mail
Denomination Value $0.49
Perforation or Dimension 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.90 mm
Issue Location Dover, DE 19901
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 3,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.80
SKU: 125404
Dimension: 5.25 x 4.83 in./133.35 x 122.55 mm
Printer: CCL Label, Inc.
Printed at: Clinton, SC 29325
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive adhesive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type I
Layout Number: “C” followed by six (6) single digits

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.93
SKU: 125416

Stamped Deck Card

Quantity Produced - Unknown
No Images Exist for this Layout.
Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 125431

About Stamp

On October 11, 2014, in Dover, DE, the U.S. Postal Service® will re-issue the Purple Heart Medal stamp, Forever® First Class Mail® priced at 49 cents, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the Purple Heart Medal stamp that depicts the medal suspended from its purple and white ribbon.

The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action. According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat-wounded veterans, the medal is "the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier."

Established by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, the badge of distinction for meritorious action - a heart made of purple cloth - was discontinued after the war. In 1932, on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, the decoration was reinstated and redesigned as a purple heart of metal bordered by gold, suspended from a purple and white ribbon. In the center of the medal is a profile bust of George Washington beneath his family coat of arms.

The Purple Heart Medal stamp, first issued in 2012, is a redesign of the Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp. Ira Wexler photographed the medal. Art director Jennifer Arnold designed the stamp.

The Purple Heart Medal stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20 and books of 10 or 4. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

Colors

Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Purple 266, Red 1805

Creators

Designer: Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Artist: Ira Wexler, Braddock Heights, MD.
Engraver: WRE.
Modeler: CCL Label, Inc..

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22399. Copyright: USPS.

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