U.S. Flag (U.S. 2016)

Updated March 7th: The Scott Catalogue numbers for this issue are:

5052 (49¢) Flag coil stamp, with microprinted “USPS” to right of pole under flag, serpentine die cut 11 vert.
5053 (49¢) Flag coil stamp, with microprinted “USPS” on second white flag stripe, serpentine die cut 9½ vert.
5054 (49¢) Flag booklet stamp, with microprinted “USPS” to right of pole under flag, serpentine die cut 11¼x10¾ on 2 or 3 sides
a. Convertible booklet pane of 10
b. Convertible booklet pane of 20
5055 (49¢) Flag booklet stamp, with microprinted “USPS” on second white flag stripe, serpentine die cut 11¼x10¾ on 2 or 3 sides
a. Convertible booklet pane of 20

Updated January 21st: From the Postal Bulletin:
s_flagOn January 29, 2016, in Washington, DC, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the U.S. Flag First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 49 cents), in one design. The formats available are a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) booklet of 10 stamps (Item 679100) produced by security printer Banknote Corporation of America/SSP (SSP), a PSA booklet of 20 stamps (Item 680500) produced by security printers Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd (APU) and SSP, and a PSA coil of 100 stamps (Item 787300) produced by security printers APU and SSP.

The stamp will go on sale nationwide January 29, 2016.

The American flag has long symbolized the strength and spirit of our nation. This U.S. Flag First-Class Mail Forever stamp features a detail of Emmanuel Faure’s vivid photograph of a flag waving against the background of the sky. Greg Breeding designed the stamp. Terrence W. McCaffrey was the art director.

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 http://www.usps.com/shop, or by calling 800-782-6724. 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:

U.S. Flag Stamp
Special Events
PO Box 92282
Washington, DC 20090-2282

There is one philatelic product for the booklet of 20:

  • 680516 First-Day Cover, $0.93.

There is one philatelic product for the coil of 100:

  • 787316 First-Day Cover, $0.93.

There are no philatelic products for the booklet of 10.

Technical Specifications:

s_flagIssue: U.S. Flag
Item Number: 679100
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Booklet of 10 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 29, 2016, Washington, DC 20066
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Emmanuel Faure
Modeler: Michelle Finn/Sandra Lane
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America/SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 10
Print Quantity: 100,000,000 Stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x .84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 5.31 x 1.74 in./134.87 x 44.20 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black,
PMS 5405
Plate Size: 560 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “S” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: © 2015 USPS in peel strip area

Technical Specifications:

s_flagIssue: U.S. Flag
Item Number: 680500
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Booklet of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 29, 2016, Washington, DC 20066
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Emmanuel Faure
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 1,250,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Full Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
Plate Size: 1040 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by four (4) single digits
Marginal Markings: Header. “U.S. Flag” Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate numbers in peel strip area • Barcode • © 2015 USPS in peel strip area

Technical Specifications:

s_flagIssue: U.S. Flag
Item Number: 680500
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Double-Sided Booklet of 20 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 29, 2016, Washington, DC 20066
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Emmanuel Faure
Modeler: Michelle Finn/Sandra Lane
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America/SSP
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Booklet: 20
Print Quantity: 1,250,000,000 Stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.71 x .82 in./18.03 x 20.83 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Booklet Size (w x h): 5.52 x 1.96 in./140.21 x 49.78 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 5405
Plate Size: 960 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “S” followed by five (5) single digits
Marginal Markings: • Plate numbers in peel strip area • © 2015 USPS in peel strip area

Technical Specifications:

s_flagIssue: U.S. Flag
Item Number: 787300
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 29, 2016, Washington, DC 20066
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Emmanuel Faure
Modeler: Michelle Finn/Sandra Lane
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 1,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, PMS 5405
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 744 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “S” followed by five (5) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

Technical Specifications:

s_flagIssue: U.S. Flag
Item Number: 787300
Denomination & Type of Issue: First-Class Mail Forever
Format: Coil of 100 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: January 29, 2016, Washington, C 20066
Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey, New Braunfels, TX
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Emmanuel Faure
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Coil: 100
Print Quantity: 1,000,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag applied
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 5405
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.89 mm
Plate Size: 744 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) single digits
Coil Number Frequency: Plate numbers every 31st stamp below stamp image

From the USPS:

FDOI: January in Washington, DC (no ceremony)
s_flagFormat: Booklets of 10 and 20, Coils of 100

The American flag has long symbolized the strength and spirit of our nation.
This U.S. Flag First-Class Mail® Forever® stamp features a detail of Emmanuel Faure’s vivid photograph of a flag waving against the background of a blue sky.

Art Director: Terrence W. McCaffrey
Designer: Greg Breeding

8 thoughts on “U.S. Flag (U.S. 2016)

  1. Humm, Browser Trouble. For this stamp there are 3 Formats: Coil 100, Booklet 20, Booklet 10. (Button in upper-right corner to select.) This feature is present for several issues by USPS.
    However, not all Internet Browsers ‘see’ these options of Format, and you’re only offered One Format to choose. ( 10c Pears, Coil of 10,000 $ 1,000.00 )
    [ Internet Explorer see’s all 3, Google Chrome does not. ]

    Next ?

  2. The Booklet of 10 ( 679104 ) IS available from Maurice Bessette C/O Postmaster 1104 Plainfield Pike, Oneco CT 06373. ( He doesn’t do covers, just stamps. )
    The booklet of 20 and the Coil of 100 Were on Automatic Distribution, so Most USPS should have them. ( Grouchy Contract Stations … Beer / Cigaretts / Gas / Reloading supplies / stamps / nachos – maybe not … )

  3. I”m having trouble locating a USPS 2016 stamp: SCott No. 5054 (Flag(Micro USPS Under the Flag/Booklet/single stamp)

    Any suggestions?

    • Just one stamp from the booklet pane? You’ll probably have to order an entire pane, from either a dealer or the USPS, or pay a big premium for a single stamp. The booklets of 10 and 20 are still available from the USPS website, or if that doesn’t work, shop.usps.com click on stamps, then on “books” and the flag stamp illustration. There’s a dropdown menu for the three configuration (coil, booklets of 20, booklets of 10).

  4. Need confirmation. Does 5055A have microprint in second white stripe? I have what I think is 5055B. SSP, 680502 with micro under flag. 5055A should be from APS.

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