U.S.P.S. supplied photo.

20¢ George Washington
(Ashton Potter)
Self Adhesive Coil of 100
Scott # 4512 Plate # P11111, P22222
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Miscellaneous
Issue Date & City April 11, 2011, Washington, DC 20066 (No First Day of Issue Ceremony)
Nationwide Sale April 11, 2011
Designer Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Art Director Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Typographer Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
Existing Art Gilbert Stuart
Modeler Joe Sheeran
To Press / Initial Quantity Winter 2011 / 300 Million stamps.
Coil Size 100
Printer Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Press Muller Martini A76
Process Offset with Microprinting “USPS”
Where Printed Williamsville, NY
Where Processed Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Plate Size & Interval 744 stamps per revolution / plate # every 31 stamps
Paper Type Nonphosphored, USPS Type III
Adhesive Type Pressure Sensitive
Tagging Type Overall Tagged
Die Cut Gauge Serpentine Die Cuts - 9.4 Vertically
Colors Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 9 (Cool Gray)
Image Size (w x h) 0.73 x 0.84 in. / 18.54 x 21.34 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.87096 x 0.980 in. / 22.12 x 24.89 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use April 11, 2011
USPS Order Numbers 771840 Full Coil of 100 - $20.00
771862 First Day Cover - $1.08
Official Announcement On April 11, 2011, in Washington, DC, the Postal Service™ will issue a 20-cent George Washington definitive stamp in one design in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 101600) and a PSA coil of 100 stamps (Item 771800). The stamp, designed by Derry Noyes, Washington, DC, will go on sale nationwide April 11, 2011.

This stamp features a portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1755–1828), one of the most celebrated American painters of his era. The painting shown on the stamp is an oil-on-canvas copy Stuart made of a portrait he did from life in 1796.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark
Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ facility, at The Postal Store® website at www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:
George Washington Stamp
Special Cancellations
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282
After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by June 11, 2011.
Philatelic Products
There are two philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
  • 101662*, First Day Cover. $1.08. (Pane stamp)
  • 771862*, First Day Cover, $1.08. (Coil Stamp)
Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.
Distribution: Item 771800, 20-cent George Washington PSA Coil of 100 Stamps
All SDOs and SDCs will receive automatic distributions of the George Washington denominated stamp, PSA coil of 100. Item 771800 will be distributed at the $20.00 rate. Distributions are rounded up to nearest master carton size (800 coils). Distributions will be in multiple waves.
Initial Supply for Post Offices
SDOs/SDCswill not make a subsequent automatic distribution of Item 771800 to Post Offices. All Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 771800 must order them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute coils to Post Offices before March 28, 2011.