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Eastern Tiger Swallowtail

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Name Value
Date of Issue June 1, 2015
Year 2015
Quantity 100,000,000
Non-Machineable Surcharge Rate, Mail-Use
Denomination Value $0.71
Perforation or Dimension 1.23 x 1.23 in./31.12 x 31.12 mm
Issue Location Kansas City, MO 64108
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 5,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $14.20
SKU: 117800
Dimension: 5.90 x 7.12 in./149.86 x 180.85 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Layout Number: “P” followed by five (5) single digits
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Press Sheet With Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 250
Original Purchase Price: $85.20
SKU: 117806
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Press Sheet Without Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 500
Original Purchase Price: $85.20
SKU: 117808
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First-day Cover

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Original Purchase Price: $1.15
SKU: 117816
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Digital Color Postmark

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Original Purchase Price: $1.86
SKU: 117821
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Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

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Original Purchase Price: $16.95
SKU: 117810
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Stamp Deck Card

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Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 117831
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Original Purchase Price: $2.21
SKU: 117832
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About Stamp

On June 1, 2015, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Non-machineable Surcharge Rate, (Non-denominated priced at 71 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide June 1, 2015.

The Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly graces the fifth non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations, or announcements. The stamp art for the Eastern tiger swallowtail butterfly stamp was created on a computer, using images of preserved butterflies as a starting point. The result is a highly stylized, simplified image of an Eastern tiger swallowtail rather than an exact replica.

The square format of the stamp was developed in partnership with the greeting card industry specifically for over-sized or square envelopes. These envelopes cannot pass through the automated Postal processing system and have to be hand-cancelled. They are charged a non-machineable surcharge even if they weigh less than 1 ounce.

Greeting card envelopes printed with the silhouette of a butterfly in the upper right corner need additional postage--or the use of this butterfly stamp. Any non-machineable envelope like oddly-shaped or vertical envelopes, as well as lumpy envelopes, rigid envelopes, or mail with clasps, ribbons, or buttons, may use this stamp.

The Eastern tiger swallowtail (Papilio glaucus) is named for the black "tiger" stripes along the upper surfaces of its wings. Like others in the swallowtail family, Papilionidae, these butterflies have long tails on the tips of their hind wings. Males and some females are yellow with black stripes, with females having much more blue on the upper surface of the hind wings than the males. There is also a dark female morph or form. In the dark morph, the areas of the wing that are normally yellow are dark gray or black. This 2015 stamp illustrates a yellow morph female.

The Eastern Tiger Swallowtail Non-Machineable Surcharge stamp is issued in sheets of twenty. The words “NON-MACHINEABLE SURCHARGE” at the bottom of the stamp show its usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, this stamp will always be equal in value to the current non-machineable stamp. The initial price and value for this stamp is 71 cents.

Nationally known artist Tom Engeman created the stamp art. Art director Derry Noyes designed the stamp.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 2726C Purple


Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Artist: Tom Engeman, Frederick, MD.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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