34¢ United We Stand (BEP)
Self-Adhesive Coil of 100
Scott# 3550 Plate 1111, 2222, 3333
Series Flag Definitive
Issue Date & City October 24, 2001, Washington, DC
Nationwide Sale November 5, 2001
Photographer Corbis
Designer Terry McCaffrey, USPS
Art Director Terry McCaffrey, USPS
Typographer Terry McCaffrey, USPS
Modeler Bureau Of Engraving and Printing (BEP)
To Press / Initial Impressions Late September, 2001 / 4.7 Billion
Coil Size 100
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 480 stamps per revolution / plate # every 24 stamps
Paper & Gum Prephosphored USPS Type II, Surface Coated, Self-Adhesive
Tagging Type Prephosphored, Smooth Tagging
Die-Cut Gauge 9.8 Vertically, Peak/Valley 10 x 10
Colors Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black
Image Area 0.71 x 0.82 in. / 18.03 x 20.82 mm
Overall Size 0.84 x 0.99 in. / 21.33 x 25.1 mm
Back Numbers None
Earliest Known Use ?
USPS Order Numbers Coil of 100 - $34.00 - 779140
First Day Cover - $.55 - 779161
Availability Stamp Fulfillment Services, Kansas City and selected cities. (see below)
Probably all post offices nationwide after November 5
Official Announcement The Postal Service will issue a 34-cent United We Stand definitive stamp on October 24, 2001, in Washington, DC. The stamp may be purchased via telephone at 1 800 STAMPS-24, through mail order from Stamp Fulfillment Services, and via the Postal Store Web site at www.usps.gov. It will also be on sale on October 24, 2001, in Post Offices only in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and statewide in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, by order of Postmaster General John E. Potter. Designed by Terrence W. McCaffrey, U.S. Postal Service, the stamp will go on sale nationwide November 5, 2001. The stamp will be issued in a self-adhesive convertible booklet of 20 (Item Number 661200) and a self-adhesive coil of 100 (Item Number 779100).
Anticipating unprecedented demand, the Postal Service is intentionally holding off the nationwide sale date of this stamp until November 5 to allow sufficient time for initial shipments to reach most Post Offices. Production and distribution of the stamp will be ongoing to ensure replenished stock and continued sales throughout the next year. Consequently, postmasters should not become alarmed if their initial shipments become depleted due to heavy customer demand, because new shipments will be arriving and reorders will be replenished. This stamp is expected to stay on sale until a new rate is implemented. The United States flag is one of the most recognized symbols of freedom in the world.
The United We Stand stamp features a stirring image of "Old Glory" with the words "United We Stand" across the bottom. The stamp is a fitting tribute to the invigorated patriotic spirit of our nation to unite together in purpose, pride, and determination following the tragic events on September 11, 2001.
Note All 4 corners are cut to a 90 angle, Plate 2222 found in January 2002. Plate 3333 found early March 2002.
Varieties None

Distribution: Item Number 779100, 34-Cent United We Stand, Definitive Stamp, Pressure Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Coil of 100

SDOs will receive one wave of distribution for this definitive stamp PSA coil of 100. Master carton size is 800 coils. This initial distribution will begin shipment October 19, and will complete shipment by November 16, 2001. SDOs in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and statewide in New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania will be given priority in distribution order.

Initial Supply for Post Offices

SDOs will not make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices. All Post Offices requiring quantities of Item Number 779100 must order them from their designated SDO using a separate PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition. SDOs must not distribute coils to Post Offices before October 29, 2001.

Additional Supply

SDOs must order, as needed, Item Number 779100 from the Bureau of Engraving and Printing (BEP) using PS Form 3356, Stamp Requisition - Bulk Quantities. All other Post Offices requiring additional quantities of Item Number 779100 must order them from their designated SDO using PS Form 17.

Philatelic Requirement

SDOs with authorized philatelic centers must provide subsequent distribution of these coils to each philatelic center from the initial wave of automatic distribution.

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