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Repeal of the Stamp Act - 1766

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue May 29, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 12,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.47
Perforation or Dimension 1.23 x 1.56 in.⁄31.12 x 39.62 mm
Issue Location New York, NY 10199
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Souvenir Sheet of 10 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,200,000
Original Purchase Price: $4.70
SKU: 586704
Dimension: 8.5 x 5.00 in.⁄215.90 x 127.00 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block

Cancelled Full Pane

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $7.20
SKU: 586719

Press Sheet With Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - 3,000
Original Purchase Price: $56.40
SKU: 586706

First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.91
SKU: 586716

First-day Cover, Full Pane

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $7.20
SKU: 586718

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $1.62
SKU: 586721

Ceremony Program

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 586730

Commemorative Panel

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $17.95
SKU: 586733

Framed Art

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $39.95
SKU: 586724

Keepsake

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $11.95
SKU: 586710

About Stamp

On May 29, 2016, in New York, NY, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Repeal of the Stamp Act stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) souvenir sheet of 10 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide May 29, 2016.

Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766 commemorates the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act, British legislation that American colonists condemned as “taxation without representation.”

Parliament passed the Stamp Act on March 22, 1765. Every American colonist would feel the sting of the act, since it required payment of a tax on a wide array of paper materials, such as newspapers, legal documents, mortgages, and contracts. A stamp embossed on these papers indicated payment of the tax.

Public sentiment was so strongly opposed to the act that enforcement was all but impossible. A boycott of British goods in many colonial cities also began to have an economic impact. Merchants on both sides of the Atlantic added their voices to the call for repeal of the act. In response to massive resistance, Britain repealed the Stamp Act on March 18, 1766.

Illustrated by noted historical painter Greg Harlin, the stamp depicts a crowd gathered around a “liberty tree” in 1766 to celebrate the repeal. The selvage area displays a proof print of a one-penny revenue stamp and includes a famous slogan from the era: “Taxation without representation is tyranny.” Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp and the pane.

The Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1766 stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Creators

Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA.
Artist: Greg Harlin, Annapolis, MD.
Modeler: Sandra Lane⁄Michelle Finn.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22440. Copyright: USPS.

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