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Dragons

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue August 9, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 7,500,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.50
Perforation or Dimension .98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Series Dragons
Series Time Span 2018
Issue Location Columbus, OH 43216
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Pane of 16 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 1,875,000
Original Purchase Price: $8.00
SKU: 477504
Dimension: 4.542 x 8.375 in./115.367 x 212.725 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Hot Foil Stamping
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor, Block Tagged
Layout Number: “B” followed by four (4) single digits

Press Sheet With Die-Cuts

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $32.00
SKU: 477506

First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.76
SKU: 477516

Digital Color Postmark

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.60
SKU: 477521

Ceremony Program (Random Single)

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 477530

DCP Keepsake

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $14.95
SKU: 477510

Ceremony Memento

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $18.95
SKU: 477534

About Stamp Series

On August 9, 2018, in Columbus, OH, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Dragons stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in four designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of 16 stamps. The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 9, 2018.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates dragons, the high-flying, fire-breathing mythological creatures that have roamed our imaginations for millennia. Each of the stamps showcases one of four dragons:

  • A green fire-breathing dragon towering over a medieval–inspired castle;
  • A purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back snaking around a white castle;
  • A black dragon with green wings and green armor on its back swooping past a ship on the sea; and
  • A wingless orange dragon weaving its way around a pagoda.

Each of the stamps and the header feature orange foiled highlights that add a fire-like glint. At the top of the pane, “Dragons” appears alongside a black fire-breathing dragon. The stamps are digital illustrations created by artist Don Clark of Invisible Creature studio, while Greg Breeding served as art director.

In 2018, the U.S. Postal Service® celebrates dragons, the high-flying, fire-breathing mythological creatures that have roamed our imaginations for millennia.

Each of the 16 stamps showcases one of four dragons: a green fire-breathing dragon towering over a medieval-inspired castle; a purple dragon with orange wings and sharp black armor on its back snaking around a white castle; a black dragon with green wings and green armor on its back swooping past a ship on the sea; and a wingless orange dragon weaving its way around a pagoda.

The words "Forever" and "USA" run along the bottom edge of each stamp. Dragons, along with a black fire-breathing dragon, appear at the top of the sheet, which includes four of each design. Each of the stamps and the header feature orange foiled highlights that add a fire-like glint.

Throughout history and across the globe, from Europe to the Middle East to Asia to the Americas, people have enjoyed tales of dragons. Though these legendary animals vary in shape, size, and color, they're most often described as lizard-like with four legs, sharp claws, scales, wings, and spiky tails.

As time passed, dragons never lost their aura. In the 20th century, the beasts showed their might in the pages of countless fantasy novels. In recent years, the creatures have appeared in popular board games, books, television programs, and movies, and take many forms, from cute and cuddly to big and ferocious. Today, through the power of our imagination, dragons continue to roar.

The stamps feature digital illustrations created by artist Don Clark of Invisible Creature studio. Art director Greg Breeding designed the issuance.

Colors

Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black

Creators

Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Typographer: Don Clark, Maple Valley, VA.
Artist: Don Clark, Maple Valley, VA.
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22497. Copyright: USPS.

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