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Four Flags

Stamp Info

Name Value
Date of Issue February 22, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 1,366,000,000
Denomination
First-Class Mail Forever
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Series Four Flags
Series Time Span 2012
Issue Location Washington, DC 20066 (No Ceremony); McLean, Virginia; Humble, TX
Postal Administration United States

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Layouts

Booklet of 10 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 20,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $4.50
SKU: 688300
Dimension: 1.74 x 6.50 in./44.20 x 165.10 mm
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type I
Layout Number: “V” followed by four (4) single digits

Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 50,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 688100
Dimension: 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint, “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits

Double-sided Booklet of 20 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 50,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 688100
Dimension: 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type I
Layout Number: “S” followed by five (5) single digits

ATM Sheetlet of 18 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 19,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $8.10
SKU: 577400
Dimension: 2.61 x 6.125 in./66.294 x 155.58 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Flexographic, Offset, Microprint, “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III, Overall
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits

Coil of 100 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 10,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $45.00
SKU: 788700
Dimension: 84.375 x 0.98 in./2143.12 x 24.89 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Nonphosphored, Type III
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Layout Number Frequency: Plate block number on 1st stamp of the form below the “Freedom” image

Coil of 100 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 10,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $45.00
SKU: 788700
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America, Inc./SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, N.C.
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prehosphored, Type I
Layout Number: “S” followed by five (5) single digits

Coil of 100 (4 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 10,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $45.00
SKU: 788700
Printer: Avery Dennison (AVR)
Printed at: AVR, Clinton, SC
Printing Process: Gravure
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type I
Layout Number: “V” followed by four (4) single digits
Layout Number Frequency: Plate block number to appear on bottom right corner below stamp image every 20th stamp • Barcode on coil banding

Booklet of 10 First Day Cover Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.56
SKU: 688363

First Day Cover Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.56
SKU: 688163

First Day of Sale Cover Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.56
SKU: 688167

First Day Cover Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.56
SKU: 788763

ATM - First-day Cover Set of 4

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $3.56
SKU: 577463

About Stamp Series

On February 22, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a Four Flags First-Class Mail® Forever® stamp (priced at 45 cents), in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 20 stampsand a PSA coil of 100. The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 22, 2012.

On June 1, 2012, in McLean, Virginia, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a Four Flags First-Class Mail® stamp (For­ever® priced at 45 cents), in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 10 stamps.

On September 22, 2012 in Humble, TX, the Postal Service™ will issue a Four Flags First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) automated teller machine (ATM) sheetlet of 18 stamps.

The U.S. Postal Service continues its tradition of honoring the Stars and Stripes with the issuance of Four Flags. This quartet of stamps features a bright U.S. flag against a white background. A single word appears on each of the four stamps in large letters: Freedom, Liberty, Equality, and Justice. The black typeface recalls the look of Colonial-era printing.

The current U.S. flag consists of 13 stripes and 50 stars. Congress passed legislation in 1818 stating that the number of stars on the flag should match the number of states in the Union. It also specified that new stars would be added to the flag on the July 4 after a state’s admission. The current flag’s 50th star was added on July 4, 1960, after Hawaiʻi became a state on August 21, 1959.

The flag illustration by the late Arnold Holeywell is based on a photograph taken by art director Howard Paine. Paine also served as the typographer for the stamp.

The Four Flags stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Colors

Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Creators

Designer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Typographer: Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA.
Artist: Arnold C. Holeywell.
Modeler: Donald Woo.
Engraver: WRE.
Modeler: Avery Dennison, Designed and Engineered Solutions.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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Reference

USPS Postal Bulletin 22330. Copyright: USPS.

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