Florentine Madonna and Child

Florentine Madonna and Child

Forever 55¢


Issue Date: 10/18/2016

This Florentine Madonna and Child Forever® Stamp is available in a book of 20 and will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

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  • This Christmas stamp features a detail of Madonna and Child, a 15th-century tempera-on-panel painting.

    Clad with a white veil over her head and a red garment trimmed in gold and partially covered with a gold-trimmed blue cloak, a haloed Virgin Mary gazes downward and to the right, looking at a blond, haloed Christ Child while placing her right hand on his shoulder. Behind both figures is a hedge of pink and white roses, with blue sky visible through their thorny, leafy stalks.

    Dated to circa 1470, the painting is in the Widener Collection at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Its anonymous artist is known only as a Follower of Fra Filippo Lippi and Pesellino. The art director for this stamp was William J. Gicker.

    The Florentine Madonna and Child stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in booklets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price.

    SKUs featured on this page: 681304.

  • Issue:Florentine Madonna and Child Stamp
    Item Number:681300
    Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail, Forever
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20
    Series:Holiday Celebrations
    Issue Date & City:October 11, 2016, Washington, DC 20002
    Art Director:William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
    Designer:William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
    Typographer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    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:300,000,000 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):0.77 x 1.05 in.⁄19.56 x 26.67 mm
    Stamp Size (w x h):0.91 x 1.19 in.⁄23.11 x 30.23 mm
    Full Booklet Size (w x h):5.76 x 2.38 in.⁄146.30 x 60.45 mm
    Press Sheet Size (w x h):23.29 x 4.76 in.⁄591.57 x 120.90 mm
    Colors:PMS 8003 Silver, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Plate Size:880 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“P” followed by five (5) single digits
    Marginal Markings:Header. “CHRISTMAS — Florentine Madonna and Child” • Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps • Plate numbers in peel strip area • © 2015 • USPS in peel strip area • Promotional text in peel strip area

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