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Name Value
Date of Issue November 3, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 400,000,000
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.47
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in.⁄23.11x 30.23 mm
Issue Location Washington DC 20066
Postal Administration United States

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Double-sided Booklet of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 20,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.40
SKU: 681204
Dimension: 5.76 x 2.38 in.⁄146.30 x 60.45 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

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Original Purchase Price: $75.20
SKU: 681206
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First-day Cover

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SKU: 681216
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Digital Color Postmark

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Original Purchase Price: $1.62
SKU: 681221
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Ceremony Program

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SKU: 681230
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Digital Color Postmark Keepsake

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SKU: 681210
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Framed Art

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SKU: 681224
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Notecards (set of 10)

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SKU: 681266
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About Stamp

On November 3, 2016, in Washington DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Nativity stamp (Forever® priced at 47 cents), in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide November 3, 2016.

During the Christmas holidays, the humble birth of the baby Jesus is depicted in Nativity scenes that are often the centerpiece of many church and family devotions.

The stamp art features a peaceful yet powerful image of the Holy Family silhouetted against a dawn sky. The baby Jesus lies in a straw-filled manger in the center of the picture with Mary kneeling to the right and Joseph standing to the left, holding a lantern. A bright star shines over the scene.

The Gospel of Luke relates how Mary and Joseph traveled to Bethlehem to register for the census decreed by the Roman emperor. The Gospel says: “And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.”

That simple description has been an inspiration for artists since at least the fourth century. In 1223, St. Francis of Assisi is believed to have created the first créche. Derived from an Old French word for “manger” or “crib,” créche came to signify a representation of the Nativity scene. Since then, créches have ranged in style from simple sets holding only the Holy Family to elaborate, life-size panoramas that might include shepherds, the Three Wise Men, animals, angels, or the Star of Bethlehem. As the tradition spread to other areas of the world, the créches came to reflect local cultures, with figures in native costume surrounded by animals familiar to the créche maker-a Kenyan elephant, a Navajo skunk, or a Peruvian llama, for example.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with original art by Nancy Stahl.


Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 8520 Gold


Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Artist: Nancy Stahl, New York, NY.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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