Coral Reefs Postcard Stamps

Coral Reefs Postcard Stamps

Postcard 40¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs


Issue Date: 3/29/2019

Celebrate the beauty and wonder of coral reefs with four new postcard stamps from the U.S. Postal Service®.

Featuring highly stylized digital portraits, the stamp art depicts four types of stony corals with associated reef fish.

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  • Celebrate the beauty and wonder of coral reefs with four new postcard stamps from the U.S. Postal Service®.

    Featuring highly stylized digital portraits, the stamp art depicts four types of stony corals with associated reef fish: elkhorn coral, shown with two French angelfish; brain coral, with a spotted moray eel; staghorn coral, with bluestriped grunts; pillar coral, with a coney grouper and neon gobies.

    Coral reefs are formed over thousands of years mainly by colonies of animals called polyps. Polyps make stony corals, the foundation for most coral reefs, by secreting protective skeletons of calcium carbonate, or limestone. As these limestone skeletons accumulate over time - with new colonies of polyps growing on top of the skeletons of older ones - they build up the base of coral reefs.

    Coral reefs are one of the world's most marvelous ecosystems, sheltering and sustaining about a quarter of all ocean species. Anyone who has snorkeled in tropical environments has witnessed the sea come alive when approaching a coral reef. Suddenly an abundance of fish of all types and colors appear, along with a variety of other animals and plants, including sea urchins, seagrass, octopuses, and lobsters.

    Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps. Tyler Lang created the stamp art.

    The word "POSTCARD" on the stamps indicates their usage value. Like a Forever® stamp, these stamps will always be valid for the rate printed on them.

    Made in the USA

    SKUs featured on this page: 120204,745104

  • Issue:Coral Reefs Stamps
    Item Number:745100
    Denomination & Type of Issue:Postcard Rate Non-denominated, Mail-use
    Format:Coil of 100 (4 designs)
    Issue Date & City:March 29, 2019, St. Louis, MO 63121
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Designer:Tyler Lang, Portland, OR
    Typographer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Artist:Tyler Lang, Portland, OR
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Coil:100
    Print Quantity:600,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):0.70375 x 0.84 in./17.875 x 21.336 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.84375 x 0.98 in./21.431 x 24.892 mm
    Coil Size (w x h):0.98 x 84.375 in./24.892 x 2143.125 mm
    Colors:Pantone 635 C Seafoam, Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Pantone 2234 C Aqua
    Plate Size:768 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“P” followed by six (6) single digits
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate numbers every 32nd stamp below stamp image

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