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Meyer Lemons

Meyer Lemons

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Issue Date: 1/19/2018

In 2018, the U.S. Postal Service® issues Meyer Lemons, a new two-cent definitive stamp.

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  • In 2018, the U.S. Postal Service® issues Meyer Lemons, a new two-cent definitive stamp.

    The stamp art features an illustration by John Burgoyne. The artist used pen and ink and watercolor to create the stamp art, which depicts a whole Meyer lemon next to two wedges of the cut fruit.

    Thought to be a cross between a lemon and a mandarin or sweet orange, the Meyer lemon has its roots in China, though no one knows when the plant first appeared. Frank N. Meyer, for whom the lemon was later named, encountered the dwarf fruit trees in the early 1900s in Beijing where they were grown primarily for ornamental rather than culinary purposes. Meyer, who worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), had been tasked with discovering native plants of other countries that might thrive in the U.S. In 1908, he sent a specimen of the tree to the USDA Plant Introduction Station in California. It rapidly gained popularity with gardeners as an ornamental potted plant.

    Sometimes smaller and rounder than true lemons, Meyer lemons have a smooth skin and range in color from deep yellow to light orange, with a dark yellow or orange pulp. Moderately acidic, they are very juicy and somewhat sweeter than true lemons, with hints of mandarin and sweet lime. Their rinds have a complex scent, slightly herbal and spicy. The bitter pith layer found in regular lemons is quite thin in the Meyer, so the fruit can be used in its entirety. Though stories vary about who is responsible for making the fruit a culinary superstar, today Meyer lemons are sought by chefs and home cooks for their aromatic, slightly sweet quality.

    Meyer lemon trees are easily grown by individuals in gardens in citrus-growing areas and in containers elsewhere.

    Art director Derry Noyes designed this stamp with an existing illustration by John Burgoyne.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 760404, 750004.

  • Issue:Meyer Lemons Stamp
    Item Number:760400
    Denomination & Type of Issue:2-cent Denominated, Mail-use
    Format:Coil of 10,000 (1 design)
    Series:N/A
    Issue Date & City:January 19, 2018, Kenner, LA 70062
    Art Director:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Designer:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Typographer:Derry Noyes, Washington, DC
    Existing Photos:John Burgoyne, West Barnstable, MA
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Printed at:Browns Summit, NC
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Stamps per Coil:10000
    Print Quantity:100,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America, Browns Summit, NC
    Colors:Pantone 7413, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    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:560 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by five (5) single digits
    Coil Number Frequency:Plate numbers every 28th stamp below stamp image

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