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3¢ Star
Water Activated Coil of 10,000
Scott# 3615 Plate S111 (Untagged)
Scott# 3615a Plate S111 (Prephosphored paper - Smooth Tagging)
Series Definitive - Make-up Rate
Issue Date & City June 7, 2002, Washington, DC 20066
Nationwide Sale June 7, 2002 (Available about the middle of July)
Engraver Armotek Industries
Designer Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Art Director Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Typographer Phil Jordan, Falls Church, VA
Modeler Donald H. Woo
To Press / Initial Impressions Spring, 2002 / 400 Million
Coil Size 10,000
Printer Sennett Security Products (SSP)
Press Rotomec, 3000
Process Gravure
Where Printed American Packaging Corporation, Columbus, WI
Where Processed Unique Binders, Fredericksburg, VA
Plate Size & Interval 616 stamps per revolution / plate # every 14 stamps
Paper & Gum USPS Type II, Surface Coated and III, Untagged, Water Activated
Tagging Type Untagged and Prephosphored Smooth Tagged
Perf Gauge 9.9 Vertically
Colors Red (PMS 032), Blue (PMS 072), Black
Image Area 0.72 x 0.810 in. / 18.28 x 20.57 mm
Overall Size 0.87 x 0.962 in. / 22.10 x 24.43 mm
Back Numbers 5 digit pink, top and bottom every 10 stamps
Earliest Known Use About the middle of July, 2002
USPS Order Numbers Full Coil of 10,000 - $300.00 - 781340
Strip of 5 - $.15 - 781320
Strip of 25 with plate number - $.75 - 781330
First Day Cover - $.75 - 781362
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City
According to the USPS, this issue will not be available for sale to the public on the first day
Official Announcement

The Postal Service will issue a 3-cent Star definitive stamp in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 50 (Item 100300) and a water-activated gum (WAG) coil of 10,000 (Item 781300) on June 7, 2002, in Washington, DC. The stamp was illustrated by Phil Jordan of Falls Church, Virginia.

Item 100300 will be available for nationwide sale on June 7, 2002. Item 781300 will be available at a later date.

The Star definitive stamp features a red, white, and blue graphic star.

Note Copies were found in early 2004 that appear to be surface tagged.
Varieties None

Distribution: Item 781300, WAG Coil of 10,000

Distribution information was not supplied.


Updated - 14 December  2008

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