In 2016, the U.S. Postal Service® issues Grapes, a five-cent definitive stamp.
Two clusters of deep-purple Pinot noir grapes are depicted growing on vines among several green leaves. The artist used pen and ink and watercolor to produce the original art.
A member of the genus Vitis, grapes have been cultivated for thousands of years dating back to the very beginning of civilization. Grapes can be eaten as a table fruit, dried to produce raisins, or crushed to make wine or juice. According to the Department of Agriculture, 7.8 million tons of grapes were grown commercially in the U.S. in 2014.
The Pinot noir grapes pictured in the stamp art are aptly named. The deep-purple fruit-noir, French for “black”-grow in tight clusters shaped like a pinecone; pinot is a variant of pineau, the diminutive of pin, which means “pine” in French. The name refers to both the grape and the wine it produces.
Believed to be one of the oldest cultivated grapes in the Vitis genus, the Pinot noir grape can produce one of the most highly prized and elegant wines in the world. Once thought to grow well only in Burgundy, France, the Pinot noir grape is now successfully grown in cooler climates around the world, including areas of the United States-northern California, New York, and Oregon, among others.
Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.
Made in the USA
SKUs featured on this page: 781904, 750204
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||5-cent Denominated|
|Format:||Coil of 10,000, 1 design|
|Issue Date & City:||February 19, 2016, Kansas City, MO 64108|
|Art Director:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Designer:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Typographer:||Derry Noyes, Washington, DC|
|Existing Photos:||John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA|
|Manufacturing Process:||Offset, Microprint – “USPS”|
|Printer:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Printed at:||Williamsville, NY|
|Press Type:||Muller A76|
|Stamps per Coil:||10000|
|Print Quantity:||150,000,000 stamps|
|Paper Type:||Nonphosphored Type III|
|Processed at:||Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)|
|Colors:||Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, PMS 7667 C Purple, PMS Warm Grey #4|
|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:||594 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“P” followed by six (6) single digits|
|Coil Number Frequency:||Plate numbers every 27th stamp below stamp image|
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