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Cherry Blossom Centennial

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Name Value
Date of Issue March 24, 2012
Year 2012
Quantity 50,000,000
First-Class Mail® Forever Commemorative
Denomination Value $0.45
Perforation or Dimension 1.56 x 0.98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm
Series Cherry Blossom Centennial
Series Time Span 2012
Issue Location Washington, DC 20066
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (2 Designs)

Quantity Produced - 5,000,000
Original Purchase Price: $9.00
SKU: 468200
Dimension: 7.24 x 6.42 in./183.90 x 163.07 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 five (5) single digits
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About Stamp Series

On March 24, 2012, in Washington, DC, the Postal Ser­vice™ will issue a Cherry Blossom Centennial (Forever® priced at 45 cents) commemorative se-tenant pair stamp, in two designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 24, 2012.

The U.S. Postal Service celebrates the friendship between America and Japan with the Cherry Blossom Centennial issuance. That friendship found lasting expression a hundred years ago when the city of Tokyo gave 3,020 cherry trees to the city of Washington, D.C.

In this unusual design, two stamps form the left and right halves of a single, panoramic view of cherry trees blooming around the Tidal Basin in the nation’s capital. In the stamp on the left, blossoming trees arch over two girls dressed in bright kimonos and a family on a stroll. The Washington Monument rises in the background. In the stamp on the right, the Jefferson Memorial is the backdrop for other tourists taking in the sights under canopies of pink blooms.

On March 27, 1912, in a modest ceremony at the Tidal Basin, First Lady Helen Herron Taft and Viscountess Chinda, wife of the Japanese ambassador, planted the first two trees, delighting a city for decades to come. Since that spring day, Washington’s cherry blossoms have remained an ever-renewing source of pleasure and pride. In 1927, local citizens held the first celebration of these stunning trees, and today the National Cherry Blossom Festival typically draws more than a million visitors.

Each spring, the festival that honors the blossoming of the cherry trees includes a parade and a host of concerts, exhibitions, and events that echo the spirit of Japan’s gift of friendship. Because these spectacular trees flower so briefly, the Japanese often see them as poignant symbols of transience — making every blossom an invitation to celebrate being alive.

Designed by art director Phil Jordan, the stamps feature a colorful illustration by Paul Rogers.

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


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Designer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Art Director: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Typographer: Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA.
Artist: Paul Rogers, Pasadena, CA.
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran.

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