|Date of Issue||January 21, 2018|
$24.70 Priority Mail Express® Rate
|Perforation or Dimension||1.56 x 1.225 in/39.62 x 31.12 mm|
|Issue Location||Kansas City, MO 64108|
|Postal Administration||United States|
On January 21, 2018, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the $24.70 Sleeping Bear Dunes Priority Mail Express® stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 4 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 21, 2018.
The U.S. Postal Service® celebrates the Sleeping Bear Dunes with a new Priority Mail Express® stamp. Taking their name from a Native American legend and protected within Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore, the Sleeping Bear Dunes are the highest perched dunes in the Great Lakes region, rising more than 400 feet above Lake Michigan.
The stamp art captures the grandeur and serene natural beauty of the dunes, Lake Michigan, and the surrounding park. Dune grasses mark the beach in the foreground, as gulls dive and soar in the breeze.
The history of the dunes began 12,000 to 14,000 years ago, when the last glaciers in the Great Lakes region melted and began to retreat. Ice from the glaciers ground up the ancient bedrock, carving out basins that became the Great Lakes and leaving thick mounds of sediment between them. These deposits—known as moraines—form the 300-foot-thick, four-square-mile plateau upon which the Sleeping Bear Dunes grew.
Today, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore draws more than a million visitors each year.
Designed by art director Greg Breeding, the stamp features an illustration created by artist Dan Cosgrove.