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Name Value
Date of Issue February 22, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 75,000,000
Forever International Rate
Denomination Value $1.15
Perforation or Dimension 1.41 x 1.41 in.⁄35.81 x 35.81 mm
Issue Location Washington, DC 20066
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 10 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 7,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $11.50
SKU: 589204
Dimension: 8.50 x 4.50 in.⁄215.90 x 114.30 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Layout Number: “B” followed by six (6) single digits
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Press Sheet With Die-cut

Quantity Produced - 1,000
Original Purchase Price: $115.00
SKU: 589206
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First-day Cover

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Original Purchase Price: $1.64
SKU: 589216
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Digital Color Postmark

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Original Purchase Price: $2.35
SKU: 589221
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Original Purchase Price: $14.95
SKU: 589210
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About Stamp

On February 22, 2016, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue The Moon Forever® International rate stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 22, 2016.

In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® introduces The Moon, a new Forever® international rate stamp.

Issued at the $1.15 price, this Global Forever® stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available. As with all Global Forever® stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International® first ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use. To distinguish this stamp from other Forever stamps, the shape of the international stamp is round and bears the words “Global Forever.”

As Earth’s only natural satellite, the moon has long had considerable impact on mankind. Its gravitational pull creates ocean tides and affects our planet’s motions. The moon and its regular lunar phases have also served as important social, spiritual, and mythological influences on various peoples throughout history.

Full moons provide fascination for many cultures and are the subject of a variety of folktales. Due to the regularity of full moons, which occur approximately every 29.5 days, several of them even have names and cultural characteristics associated with them. A full moon occurs when the moon is opposite the sun, with Earth between the two. From our planet, the visible surface of the moon appears fully illuminated and larger than anything else in the night sky. Since the rotation and orbit periods of the moon are the same, the same part of the moon is always seen from Earth.

The U.S. Postal Service® issued its first Global Forever® stamp, a round stamp featuring a composite image of Earth, in January 2013.


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Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC.
Existing Photo: Beth Swanson.
Modeler: Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn.

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USPS Postal Bulletin 22435. Copyright: USPS.

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