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Patriotic Star

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Name Value
Date of Issue March 19, 2013
Year 2013
Quantity 125,000,000
First-Class Mail Rate
Denomination Value $0.46
Perforation or Dimension .87 x .98 in./22.09 x 24.89 mm
Issue Location San Francisco, CA 94188 (No Ceremony)
Postal Administration United States

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Coil of 10,000 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 12,500
Original Purchase Price: $4,600
SKU: 789700
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 three (3) single digits
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First-day Cover

Quantity Produced - Unknown
Original Purchase Price: $0.90
SKU: 789716
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Digital Color Postmark

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Original Purchase Price: $1.61
SKU: 789721
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About Stamp

On March 19, 2013, in San Francisco, California, the Postal Service™ will issue a Patriotic Star First-Class Mail® 46-cent stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 19, 2013.

With this illustration of a red, white, and blue striped star, the U.S. Postal Service celebrates American patriotism. The star is one of the nation’s quintessential symbols, a shining reminder of our indomitable spirit. “When I go out of doors in the summer night, and see how high the stars are,” wrote 19th-century philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson, “I am persuaded that there is time enough, here or somewhere, for all that I must do.”

The Patriotic Star stamp features a red, white, and blue five-pointed star on a white background. The star on the stamp is actually two stars—a smaller one inside a larger one. Both have five points, like the stars on the American flag.

Created digitally by artist Nancy Stahl, the star is designed to look like it is crafted from striped ribbon. Greg Breeding served as the art director on the project.

To accommodate business use, the Patriotic Star is being issued as a First-Class Rate Large Coil stamp in coils of 10,000. At the time of issuance, the Patriotic Star stamps are being sold at a price of 46 cents each, or $4,600 (for a coil of 10,000).


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Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Art Director: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA.
Artist: Nancy Stahl, New York, NY.
Modeler: Donald Woo.

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USPS Postal Bulletin 22356. Copyright: USPS.

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