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Sea Surface Temperatures

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Name Value
Date of Issue April 22, 2014
Year 2014
Quantity 25,000,000
Forever International Rate
Denomination Value $1.15
Perforation or Dimension 1.41 x 1.41 in./35.81 x 35.81 mm
Issue Location Washington, DC
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 10 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 2,500,000
Original Purchase Price: $11.50
SKU: 116900
Dimension: 8.50 x 4.40 in./215.90 x 117.76 mm
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Printing Process: Offset Microprint “USPS”
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive adhesive
Paper: Nonphosphored Type III Block Tagged
Layout Number: “P” followed by 111111 (6) single digits
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Press Sheet With Die Cut

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $57.50
SKU: 116906
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Press Sheet Without Die Cut

Quantity Produced - 2,500
Original Purchase Price: $57.50
SKU: 116908
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First-day Cover

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Original Purchase Price: $1.59
SKU: 116916
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Digital Color Postmarks

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Original Purchase Price: $2.30
SKU: 116921
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Ceremony Program

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Original Purchase Price: $6.95
SKU: 116930
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Keepsake (booklet and Random Digital Color Postmark)

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Original Purchase Price: $13.95
SKU: 116910
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Framed Art

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Original Purchase Price: $39.95
SKU: 116924
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Stamped Deck Card

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Original Purchase Price: $0.95
SKU: 116931
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About Stamp

On April 22, 2014, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Global: Sea Surface Temperatures Forever® International rate stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 116900). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 22, 2014.

In 2014, the U.S. Postal Service® introduces Global: Sea Surface Temperatures, a new Forever® international rate stamp.

This round stamp features a visual representation of our planet’s sea surface temperatures. It shows the Earth with North America at the center and parts of South America, Asia, and Europe just visible on the edges, surrounded by vivid bands of color throughout the oceans.

The image is one frame in a 1,460-frame animation created from the output of a computer model of Earth’s climate by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory. The full animation shows how the surface temperatures of the oceans vary seasonally and change over time, and how surface ocean currents and eddies transport heat and water around the globe.

This image also combines the depiction of sea-surface temperatures with visible vegetation on the land masses, an element derived from a satellite composite created by NASA. Text repeated twice around the circumference of the stamp reads “GLOBAL USA FOREVER 2014.”

Art director William J. Gicker designed this stamp.

Issued at the $1.15 rate that went into effect January 26, 2014, this Global Forever® stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available. As with all Global Forever® stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of a single-piece First-Class Mail International® first ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 167C Brown, PMS Cool Gray #7C


Designer: William J. Gicker.
Art Director: William J. Gicker.
Typographer: Greg Breeding.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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