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(5¢) Sea Coast Nondenominated Definitive
(Ashton Potter)
Self-Adhesive Coil of 3,000 & 10,000
Scott # 3785 Plate # P1111 - (10,000) - Die Cut - 9.45 x 10.1 (Scott 9 x 10)
Scott # 3785a Plate # P2222 - (3000 & 10,000) - 9.35 x 10.1 (Scott 9 x 10)
Scott # 3785b Plate # P2222 - (10,000) Prephosphored - 9.35 x 10.1 (Scott 9 x 10)
Series Definitive / NA (USPS) - American Scenes (PNC3)
Issue Date & City 10,000 - June 3, 2003 - No Official First Day Ceremony
3000 - April 6, 2004 - Washington, DC 20066 - No Official First Day Ceremony
10,000 - August, 2004 - No Official First Day Ceremony
Nationwide Sale June 3, 2003, April 7, 2004, September 2004, Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City, MO
Issue Nondenominated definitive nonprofit (5-cent value)
Cylinders P1111 - Southern Graphics / P2222 - Armotek
Designer Tom Engeman, Brunswick, MD
Art Director Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Typographer Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Modeler Joseph Sheeran & Sons, Williamsville, N.Y.
To Press / Initial Impressions 10,000 - (P1111) Spring 2003 / 1.2 Billion (120,000 Coils)
3000 - (P2222) Early 2004 / 105 Million (35,000 Coils)
10,000 - (P2222) Spring-Summer 2004 / 1.2 Billion (120,000 Coils)
Coil Size 3,000 & 10,000
Printer J. W. Ferguson & Sons, Richmond, VA for Ashton Potter USA Ltd. (AP), Williamsville, NY
Press 10,000 (P1111) - Goebel / 3000 & 10,000 (P2222) Champlain, 29
Process Photogravure
Where Printed J. W. Ferguson & Sons, Richmond, VA
Where Processed Ashton Potter USA Ltd. (AP), Williamsville, NY
Plate Size & Interval 10,000 (P1111) - 352 (16 x 22) stamps per revolution / plate # every 22 stamps
3000, 10,000 (P2222) - 567 stamps per revolution / plate # every 27 stamps
Paper & Gum Nonphosphored Type III / Prephosphored / Self-Adhesive
Tagging Type Untagged (Normal) / Prephosphored, Solid Tagging
Die Cut Gauge 9.45 x 10.1 (Scott 9 x 10) / 9.35 x 10.1 (Scott 9 x 10) (Die cut on all 4 sides)
Colors Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
Image Area (w x h) 0.73 x 0.84 in. / 18.542 x 21.336 mm
Overall Size (w x h) 0.87 x 0.980 in. / 22.098 x 24.892 mm
Back Numbers 10,000 (P1111) - 4, 3 or 2 digit blue numbers every 20 stamps on the same coil of 10,000. Numbers are known right side up and upside down.
3000 (P2222) - 4, 3 or 2 digit blue numbers every 10 stamps on the same coil of 3000. Numbers are known at top and bottom in positions 1 to 5.
10,000 (P2222) - 4 digit blue numbers every 10 stamps, bottom position 4th stamp to right of plate number (so far).
Earliest Known Use 10,000 (P1111) - June, 2003 / 3000 (P2222) - April 6, 2004 / 10,000 (P2222) Summer 2004 / 10,000 (P2222) tagged - July 30, 2004
USPS Order Numbers 782740 Full Coil of 3000 (P2222) - $150.00
781441 Full Coil of 10,000 (P1111) - $500.00
781442 Full Coil of 10,000 (P2222) - $500.00
782730 Coil Strip of 25 from 3000 w/plate number P2222 - $1.25
781431 Coil Strip of 25 from 10,000 w/plate number P1111 - $1.25
781432 Coil Strip of 25 from 10,000 w/plate number P2222 - $1.25
First Day Cover - 782762 First Day Cover, coil of 3000 - $0.80.  Deadline July 5, 2004.
No First Day service on coils of 10,000.
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City
Providence, RI Philatelic and Tucson, AZ Philatelic
Official Announcement 3000 - The Postal Service™ will issue a nondenominated (5-cent value) Sea Coast nonprofit stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 3,000 (Item 782700) on April 6, 2004, in Washington, DC. The stamp, designed by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia, and Illustrated by Tom Engeman of Brunswick, Maryland, goes on sale nationwide April 7, 2004.

The Sea Coast nonprofit stamp was previously issued: (1) on October 21, 2002, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) coil of 10,000 (Item 781400); (2) on March 19, 2003, in a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 500 (Item 781800); and (3) on March 19, 2003, in a WAG coil of 10,000 (Item 782000). (The PSA coil of 10,000 issued in June of 2003 was not mentioned in the official announcement.).

The Postal Bulletin of September 2, 2004 listed the technical details of a "Previously Issued Reprint" of an Ashton Potter printed coil of 10,000.  An order received from Kansas City had plate P2222 and back numbers above 3,000.

Differences The differences between the two printings are the plate numbers, the thickness of the dates, the die cuts, the back numbers and various minor color variances. Plate P2222 is shorter (not as tall) than P1111.  Stamps from the 2003 printing have a bolder date. Die cuts are 9.45 x 10.1 on the P1111 and 9.35 x 10.1 on the P2222.  P1111 coils have the back number spacing every 20 stamps, whereas P2222 coils are spaced every 10 stamps. A back number strip that has an odd number as the second digit from the right (such as 2130 or 3030) comes from a P2222 roll. Back numbers above 3000 have to be from a 10,000 coil. Click here for a comparison of the front of the stamps and a story by Frank Covey. Stamps were found in July 2004 by Ron Blanks printed on prephosphored paper.
Note This stamp was printed by J. W. Ferguson & Sons for Ashton Potter, who took over production after Banknote Corporation lost its printing contract on April 1, 2003.
Note For a side-by-side comparison of the Sea Coast stamps, click here.
Distribution: Item Number: 781441, PSA Coil of 10,000 - No details were furnished.
Distribution: Item 782740, Sea Coast, Nonprofit Rate, PSA Coil of 3,000
 
Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will not receive an automatic distribution of Item 782700. SDOs requiring Item 782700 must order them from their designated accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return.
Initial Supply to Post Offices
Post Offices requiring quantities of Item 782700 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17. SDOs must not distribute these stamps to Post Offices before April 1, 2004.
Philatelic Requirement
Philatelic centers requiring Item 782700 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17.
Additional Supply
Post Offices requiring additional coils must requisition them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional coils must order them from the appropriate APD using PS Form 17.
For fulfilling orders from SDOs, the San Francisco, Chicago, Memphis, and New York APDs will each receive 3,240 coils; the Denver APD will receive 1,080 coils. For fulfilling supplemental orders from APDs, the Kansas City Stamp Services Center will receive 14,480 coils.