Green Succulent Global Forever (U.S. 2017)

Updated June 5th: The Scott catalogue number for this issue, which the Scott editors call “Echeveria Plant,” is 5198.

Updated April 19th:
Technical Specifications:

Item Number: 564500
Denomination & Type of Issue: Forever® International Rate
Format: Pane of 10 (1 design)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: April 28, 2017, San Francisco, CA 94188
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Photo: Erika Kirkpatrick, Laguna Niguel, CA
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Printed at: Williamsville, NY
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 10
Print Quantity: 100,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS Cool Gray 7C
Stamp Orientation: Round
Image Area (w x h): 1.20 x 1.20 in./30.48 x 30.48 mm
Overall Size (w x h): 1.41 x 1.41 in./35.81 x 35.81 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 8.50 x 4.09 in./215.90 x 103.89 mm
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) digits
Marginal Markings:
Front: Plate numbers in four corners of pane
Back: ©2017 USPS • USPS Logo • Barcode (564500) on each stamp • Plate Position Diagram • Promotional Text

Updated April 17th: Here is the Digital Color Postmark for this issue: It measures 2.97” x 1.23″.

Updated March 31st:
On April 28, 2017, in San Francisco, CA, the U.S. Postal Service will issue the Green Succulent Global Forever International rate stamp, in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 10 stamps (Item 564500). The stamp will go on sale nationwide April 28, 2017.

Green Succulent is a new Global Forever International rate stamp, which can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp features a photograph of an Echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas. The art director was William J. Gicker. Greg Breeding designed the stamp using an existing photograph by Erika Kirkpatrick.

Stamp Fulfillment Services will not make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices.

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, 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:

FDOI — Green Succulent Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by June 28, 2017.

Philatelic products for this stamp issue are as follows:

  • 564510 Digital Color Postmark Keepsake, $13.95
  • 564516 First-Day Cover, $1.59
  • 564521 Digital Color Postmark, $2.30

Technical Specifications will follow in two weeks.

From the USPS, March 24th:

The Green Succulent Global Forever international rate stamp will be available in panes of 10 stamps to be issued April 28. It can be used to mail a 1-ounce letter to any country where First-Class Mail International service is available. The stamp features a photograph of an echeveria, a succulent native to the Americas. William J. Gicker was the art director and Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Erika Kirkpatrick. The first-day-of-issue will be in San Francisco.

[April 28 is the first day of WESTPEX stamp show in San Francisco —VSC]

5 thoughts on “Green Succulent Global Forever (U.S. 2017)

  1. I have been waiting for a new International Rate stamp. This one is quite interesting. I had never of an Echeveria. Now I have learned something.

  2. Common name for this plant is ‘hen and chicks’. And it made for an interesting stamp. I wish USPS would use the pane of 10 to feature other plants (5 or even better 10 different ones) in the succulent family as well.

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