California Dogface Butterfly (U.S. 2017)

Updated August 3rd: The California Dogface Butterfly stamp will not be issued in 2017. Supplies of the previous nonmachineable-rate stamp, the Eastern-Tailed Blue Butterfly, issued in 2016, are sufficient at this time.

From the USPS, September 20, 2016:

s_califdogfaceThe California dogface graces the seventh non-machineable butterfly stamp for use on irregularly sized envelopes, such as square greeting cards, invitations or announcements. The stamp is a highly stylized, simplified image of a California dogface (Zerene eurydice) — named for the forewing markings of the male butterfly, which bear a pattern that resembles a poodle head in profile. Greeting card envelopes printed with a silhouette of a butterfly indicate the need for additional postage or the use of a butterfly stamp. Tom Engeman created the stamp and art director Derry Noyes designed it.

VSC: Why would there be another non-denominated Butterfly stamp so soon after the issuance of this week’s [September 24, 2016] Eastern Tailed Blue butterfly stamp? Even if the non-machineable rate changes, the stamp design would not need to change.

USPS: The California Dogface Butterfly has been announced as a 2017 issuance. It could be issued whenever need demands during the calendar year, even if that need is much later in the year.

4 thoughts on “California Dogface Butterfly (U.S. 2017)

  1. No Info in the 30 March 2017 Postal Bulletin. Previous info said Spring. Maybe April 13th P.B. ( 1 week before Taxes )

  2. It was advertised in the Linn’s Stamp News Magazine as coming out in 2017 and the stamp itself has a 2017 date
    on it in the picture that appeared in the new issues article
    so I would assume it would have to be ussued this year.
    Will it be held over until 2018 and the dated changed
    on the stamp itself accordingly?

    • It will be held over until stocks of the present Butterfly stamp run low, which will probably be in 2018. However, the date on the stamps is the date of design, I think, so that may not change.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *