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“Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca

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Name Value
Date of Issue October 3, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 300,000,000
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.50
Perforation or Dimension 0.91 x 1.19 in./23.114 x 30.226 mm
Issue Location Santa Fe, NM 87501
Postal Administration United States

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Double-sided Booklet of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 15,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 682204
Perforation: Simulated Perforation
Dimension: 5.743 x 2.375 in./145.872 x 60.325 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tag
Layout Number: “B” followed by five (5) single digits
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SKU: 682206
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SKU: 682216
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SKU: 682221
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About Stamp

On October 3, 2018, in Santa Fe, NM, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the “Madonna and Child” by Bachiacca stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive booklet of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide October 3, 2018.

Five centuries ago, Francesco d’Ubertino Verdi (1494–1557), the Italian Renaissance painter known as Bachiacca, proved himself to be a versatile and popular Florentine artist. Today, his work still vividly evokes the timeless traditions of Christmas.

This Christmas stamp features a detail of Bachiacca’s oil-and-gold-on-panel painting Madonna and Child, which dates from the early 1520s, showing the Christ child clutching a bouquet of jasmine, a symbol of divine love, alongside the Virgin Mary’s profile, left shoulder, and right hand.

This painting is part of the Jack and Belle Linsky Collection at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. William J. Gicker served as art director for this issuance, and Greg Breeding was the designer.

This stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.


Pantone 8003, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black


Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC.
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlotesville, VA.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Existing Art: Bachiacca.
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn.

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