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Carmel Mission

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Name Value
Date of Issue February 28, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 5,000,000
18.95 Definitive
Denomination Value $18.95
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 1.225 in./39.62 x 31.11 mm
Issue Location Carmel, CA 93923 (No ceremony)
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 10 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 500,000
Original Purchase Price: $189.50
SKU: 113600
Dimension: 4.12 x 7.12 in./104.65 x 180.85 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset/Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Prephosphored, Type II
Layout Number: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
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First Day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $19.39
SKU: 113661
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About Stamp

On February 28, 2012, in Carmel, California, the Postal Service™ will issue an $18.95 Carmel Mission (Express Mail®) stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhe­sive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 28, 2012.

The U.S. Postal Service honors nearly 250 years of California history with the issuance of the Carmel Mission Express Mail stamp. Often described as one of the most beautiful mission churches in the state, Carmel Mission is known for its dome-shaped bell tower and elaborate star-shaped window.

In saturated colors reminiscent of a vintage poster, the stamp art depicts the façade of the Carmel Mission church in Carmel, California.

Formally known as Mission San Carlos Borroméo del Río Carmelo, Carmel Mission was founded on June 3, 1770. It was the second in what would become a chain of 21 Spanish missions along the coast of California, each positioned about one day’s ride on horseback from the next. It was also the second mission established by Father Junípero Serra (1713-1784), the founder of the California mission system. Father Serra is buried in the mission church. This historic site is open to the public and welcomes some 150,000 visitors each year.

Designed by art director Phil Jordan, the stamp features an illustration created by artist Dan Cosgrove.


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Designer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Art Director: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Typographer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Artist: Dan Cosgrove, Chicago, IL.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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