Stamp Announcement 12-42: Flags of Our Nation: Set 6

USPS supplied image.  Data is still tentative.

<45¢> - (Forever) Flags of our Nation - Set 6
(Sennett Security Products)
Self Adhesive Coil of 50
Scott # 4332b

4333  Texas flag (This stamp comes with and without the plate number S111111111)
4324   Utah flag
4325  Vermont flag
4326  Virgin Islands flag
4327  Virginia flag
  Strip of 5, #4327a
4328  Washington flag
4329  West Virginia flag
4330  Wisconsin flag
4331  Wyoming flag
4332  U. S. flag
  Strip of 5, #4332a
  Plate # strip of 10, #4327a + 4332a (may be collected as 1 strip of 10 or 2 separate strips of 5)
    There is also an unnumbered listing for a plate number strip of 11, with the plate number centered.
Series USPS - NA ~ PNC3 - Flag / Patriotic
Issue Date & City August 16, 2012, at APS StampShow, Sacramento, CA 95813
Nationwide Sale August 16, 2012
Designer Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA
Art Director Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA
Typographer Howard E. Paine, Delaplane, VA
Artist Tom Engeman, Bethany Beach, DE
Modeler Donald Woo
Engraver Southern Graphics, Richmond, VA
To Press / Initial Quantity Spring, 2012 / 250 Million stamps
Coil Size 50
Printer American Packaging Corp./SSP
Press Cerrutti, 950
Process Gravure
Where Printed Columbus, WI
Where Processed Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA
Plate Size & Interval 760 stamps per revolution / plate # every 20 stamps
Paper Type Prephosphored, USPS Type I
Adhesive Type Pressure Sensitive
Tagging Type Prephosphored - Surface Tagged. Smooth
Die Cut Gauge Serpentine Die Cuts - 11.1 Vertically - 13 x 13 Peak/Valley (P/V)
Colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Medium Blue, Dark Blue, Red, Green
Image Size (w x h) 1.59 x 0.81 in. / 40.41 x 20.57 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 1.74 x 0.96 in. / 44.20 x 24.38 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use August 16, 2012
USPS Order Numbers 788604 Full Coil of 50 - $23.00
788663 First Day Cover - Set of 10 - $8.90
Official Announcement On August 16, 2012, in Sacramento, California, at the American Philatelic Society Stamp Show, the Postal Service™ will issue the Flags of Our Nation: Set 6 stamps (Forever® priced at 45 cents) in 10 designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 50 stamps (Item 788600).

The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 16, 2012.

With these 10 new stamp designs, the U.S. Postal Service® completes its Flags of Our Nation series with stamps that feature the flag of the U.S. Virgin Islands, the state flags of Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming, and the Stars and Stripes. In addition to the flag, each stamp design includes artwork that provides a “snapshot view” - such as an everyday scene or activity, rare wildlife, perhaps, or a stunning vista - of the state or other area represented by the pictured flag. Art director Howard E. Paine collaborated with artist Tom Engeman on the 60 stamps in this series.

Note Shipped to post offices in sticks of up to 10 coils.

Distribution: Item 788600, Flags of Our Nation: Set 6 (Forever priced at 45 cents) PSA Coil of 50 Stamps (Valued at $23.00)

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) and stamp distribution centers (SDCs) will receive their standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA coil stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size of 800 coils.

Initial Supply to Post Offices

Stamp Distribution Offices (SDOs) and SDCs will NOT make any automatic distribution to Post Offices™. Post Offices requiring these items must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. Post Offices may preorder these stamps 30 days prior to first-day-of-issue through the eBuy2 SEAM Catalog.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item 788600 must requisition them from their designated SDO/SDC after the first day of issue using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices should maintain a sufficient inventory level of this item until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.

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™, at The Postal Store® website at, 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:
Flags of Our Nation: Set 6 Stamps
Sacramento Post Office
2000 Royal Oaks Drive
Sacramento, CA 95813-9998
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 October 16, 2012.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic Catalog, online at, or by calling 800-782-6724. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-782-6724 or writing to:
U.S. Postal Service
Catalog Request
PO Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

There are four philatelic products available for this stamp issue:
n 788663*, First-Day Cover Set of 10, $8.90.
n 788667*, First-Day of Sale Set of 10, $8.90.
n 788668*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 10, $16.00.
n 788691*, Ceremony Program (random single), $6.95.
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.


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