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Seashells

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue January 28, 2017
Year 2017
Quantity 162,500,000
Denomination
Postcard Rate, Non-denominated, Mail-use
Denomination Value $0.34
Perforation or Dimension 0.8437 x 0.98 in./21.43 x 24.89 mm
Series Seashells
Series Time Span 2017
Issue Location San Diego, CA 92199
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 20 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 7,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $6.80
SKU: 119604
Dimension: 5.35 x 4.93 in./135.89 x 125.22 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
Layout Number: “P” followed by six (6) digits

Coil of 100 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 5,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $34.00
SKU: 749904
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Layout Number: “P” followed by six (6) single digits
Layout Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 32nd stamp below stamp image

First-day Cover (set of 4), 2 Stamps

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $4.48
SKU: 119616

First-day Cover (set of 4), 2 Stamps

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $4.48
SKU: 749916

About Stamp Series

On January 28, 2017, in San Diego, CA, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Seashells Postcard Rate stamps (Non-denominated, priced at 34 cents) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stampsand a PSA coil of 100 stamps.

The stamps will go on sale nationwide January 28, 2017.

Celebrate the fun and beauty of seashells with four new postcard stamps from the U.S. Postal Service®.

Whimsical and lighthearted, the stamp art features stylized depictions of four seashells: the alphabet cone, the zebra nerite, the Pacific calico scallop, and the Queen conch, frequently called the pink conch. The horizontal swaths of white and blue in the background suggest waves washing the shells onto a beach.

The hard, protective external skeletons of marine mollusks, seashells are composed largely of calcium carbonate secreted by the mollusks, mantle. Frequently ornamented with arrangements of ribs, spines, cords, scales, and grooves, the shells provide protection against predators, aid in burrowing into the sand, and give support to the soft-bodied animals.

Seashells have served many purposes throughout history—as jewelry, decoration, cooking vessels, lamps, even currency—but they were also highly collectible as objects of beauty and scientific study, as they are today. Around the world, clubs and shows attract enthusiasts, who continue to collect shells for their elegance, beautiful colors, and rich variety of shapes.

Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamps. Sergio Baradat created the stamp art.

The word "POSTCARD" on the stamps indicates their usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, these stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS7471c Turquoise, PMS Cool Gray 5c

Creators

Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Existing Photos: Sergio Baradat, New York, NY.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.
Artist: Sergio Baradat, New York, NY.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22457. Copyright: USPS.

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