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33¢ City Flag
Self-Adhesive Coil of 100, 3,000 & 10,000
Scott# 3281 Plate # / Coil of 100 - (Type I - Large Date - apx. 1 mm wide) 6666, 7777, 8888, 9999, 1111A, 2222A, 3333A, 4444A, 5555A, 6666A, 7777A, 8888A, 1111B, 2222B
Scott# 3281a Die cutting omitted, pair - (Type I - Large Date - apx. 1 mm wide)
Scott# 3281b Light Blue and Yellow omitted
Scott# 3281c Plate # / Coil of 100 - (Type II - Small Date - apx. 1 mm wide) 1111, 2222, 3333, 3433, 4443, 4444, 5555
Scott# 3281d Plate # / Coil of 100 - (Type I - Small Date - apx. 1 mm wide) 999VA
Scott# 3281e Die cutting omitted, pair - (Type II - Small Date - apx. 1 mm wide)
Scott# 3282 Plate # / Coils of 3000 & 10,000 - 1111, 2222
Series Flag Definitive
Issue Date & City February 25, 1999, Orlando, FL
Nationwide Sale February 26, 1999
Illustrator Hiro Kimura, Brooklyn, NY
Designer Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Art Director Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
Typographer Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ
To Press / Initial Quantity Probably late 1998 / 100 (7 billion), 3000 (1 billion, 80 thousand, 10000 (1 billion)
Coil Size 100, 3000, 10,000
Printer Bureau Of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
Press Andreotti, Model 601
Process Gravure
Where Printed BEP, Washington, DC.
Where Processed BEP, Washington, DC.
Plate Size & Interval 100 - 480, plate # every 24 stamps / 3000 and 10,000 - 378 stamps per revolution / plate # every 21 stamps
Paper & Gum USPS Type II, Surface Coated, Self-Adhesive
Tagging Type Prephosphored, Smooth Tagging
Die Cut Gauge 9.8 Vertically, Peak/Valley 10 x 10
Colors (PMS Colors) PMS 156C (Yellow), PMS 187C (Red), PMS 326C (Light Blue), PMS 2995C (Dark Blue)
Image Area (w x h) 0.71 x 0.82 in. / 18.0 x 20.8 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.87 x 0.96 in. / 22.1 x 24.4 mm
Back Numbers 3000 & 10,000 - 4 digit Blue, Top and Bottom every 20 stamps
Earliest Known Use February 25, 1999
USPS Order Numbers Coil of 100 - $33.00 - 775840
Coil of 3000 - $990.00 - 775940
Strip of 25 - $8.25 - 775930
Coil of 10,000 - $3,300.00 - 776040
Strip of 25 - $8.25 - 776030
First Day Cover - $.54 - 776061
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City
Coil of 100 - #1111 - Seattle, WA (3/2/99), Bellevue, WA (3/2/99)
Coil of 100 - #2222 - Tacoma, WA (3/2/99), Trenton, NJ (3/2/99), Hazlet, NJ (3/2/99)
Coil of 100 - #3333 - Richmond, IN (3/16/99)
Coil of 100 - #3433 - Richmond, IN (3/16/99)
Coil of 100 - #4443 - San Jose, CA, Cincinnati, OH (5/17/99) (5/02/99)
Coil of 100 - #4444 - Providence, RI (4/24/99), Cincinnati, OH (5/17/99)
Coil of 100 - #5555 - New Jersey (5/02/99)
Coil of 100 - #6666 - Cincinnati, OH (8/17/99)
Coil of 100 - #7777 - South Bend, IN (8/03/99), Milan, NH (8/12/99), Cincinnati, OHv(8/17/99)
Coil of 100 - #8888 - Providence, RI (8/27/99)
Coil of 100 - #9999 - Cincinnati, OH (4/03/00)
Coil of 100 - #1111A - Providence, RI (2/15/00), Kansas City, MO (4/17/00), Richmond, IN (4/11/00), Southern New Jersey (4/22/00)
Coil of 100 - #2222A - Kansas City, MO (4/17/00), near Tucson, AZ (4/08/00), Auburndale, WI (4/29/00)
Coil of 100 - #3333A - Providence, RI (4/03/00), Kansas City, MO (4/17/00), Auburndale, WI (4/29/00), Cincinnati, OH (4/30/00)
Coil of 100 - #4444A - Not Known (5/21/00)
Coil of 3000 - #1111 - Seattle, WA (3/2/99), Louisville, KY (4/3/99)
Note: #1111A first appeared in Feb. 2000, #2222A in March 2000, 3333A in April 2000 and 4444A in May 2000. 5555A, 6666A, 7777A and 8888A appeared in the summer of 2000. 9999A appeared in September 2000. 1111B and 2222B were first seen in September and October 2000.
Note: Two types of #3281 exist: Type I has long vertical features at the left and right of the tallest building consisting of three separate lines. Type II has the same long vertical lines as a solid color. Type I has a small date and a large date. Type II has only a small date. Click here for a comparison.
Varieties All corners are square on #3281.  Corners are rounded on #3282, with differences in die cuts on coils of 3000 and 10,000. Click here for a scan.