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Pinot Noir Grapes

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Name Value
Date of Issue February 19, 2016
Year 2016
Quantity 150,000,000
5-cent Denominated
Denomination Value $0.05
Perforation or Dimension 0.87 x 0.98 in.⁄22.10 x 24.89 mm
Issue Location Kansas City, MO 64108
Postal Administration United States

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Coil of 10,000, 1 Design

Quantity Produced - 15,000
Original Purchase Price: $500.00
SKU: 781904
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 six (6) single digits
Layout Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image
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Original Purchase Price: $0.98
SKU: 781916
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About Stamp

On February 19, 2016, in Kansas City, MO, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the 5-cent denominated Grapes stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide February 19, 2016.

In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® issues Grapes, a five-cent definitive stamp.

Two clusters of deep-purple Pinot noir grapes are depicted growing on vines among several green leaves. The artist used pen and ink and watercolor to produce the original art.

A member of the genus Vitis, grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years dating back to the very beginning of civilization. Grapes can be eaten as a table fruit, dried to produce raisins, or crushed to make wine or juice. According to the Department of Agriculture, 7.8 million tons of grapes were grown commercially in the U.S. in 2014.

The Pinot noir grapes pictured in the stamp art are aptly named. The deep-purple fruit-noir, French for “black”-grow in tight clusters shaped like a pinecone; pinot is a variant of pineau, the diminutive of pin, which means “pine” in French. The name refers to both the grape and the wine it produces.

Believed to be one of the oldest cultivated grapes in the Vitis genus, the Pinot noir grape can produce one of the most highly prized and elegant wines in the world. Once thought to grow well only in Burgundy, France, the Pinot noir grape is now successfully grown in cooler climates around the world, including areas of the United States-northern California, New York, and Oregon, among others.

Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7667 C Purple, PMS Warm Grey #4


Art Director: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Designer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Typographer: Derry Noyes, Washington, DC.
Existing Photos: John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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