National Marine Sanctuaries Stamps

National Marine Sanctuaries Stamps

Forever 60¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs

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Issue Date: 8/5/2022

U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries and marine national monuments have protected areas with special ecological, cultural, and historical significance for 50 years. The 16 stamps on the National Marine Sanctuaries pane showcase the abundant wildlife and diverse ecosystems that can be found throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System.

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  • From an abundance of fish off the coast of Georgia to the dazzling coral displays in American Samoa and the Gulf of Mexico, U.S. national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments have protected areas with special ecological, cultural, and historical significance for 50 years.

    The 16 stamps on the National Marine Sanctuaries pane showcase the abundant wildlife and diverse ecosystems that can be found throughout the National Marine Sanctuary System.

    Supporting some of the most biodiverse ecosystems in the world, U.S. national marine sanctuaries and marine national monuments preserve habitats that are especially vital for the survival of threatened and endangered species and safeguard important breeding and feeding grounds. They also help preserve significant aspects of the nation’s maritime history and celebrate the ancient sites, cultural artifacts, and living traditions of the Indigenous peoples who have inhabited these regions for millennia.

    The Marine Protection, Research, and Sanctuaries Act, which established a framework for designating national marine sanctuaries, was signed into law on October 23, 1972. Today, the National Marine Sanctuary System is managed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Encompassing more than 620,000 square miles, the sanctuary system currently comprises 15 national marine sanctuaries and two marine national monuments, stretching from the North Atlantic to the South Pacific, and from the Florida Keys to the Pacific Northwest.

    Art director Greg Breeding designed the pane using existing photographs. A map of the National Marine Sanctuary System illustrated by Todd M. Detwiler is printed on the pane verso.

    The National Marine Sanctuaries stamps are being issued as Forever® stamps. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 580504

  • Issue:National Marine Sanctuaries Stamps
    Item Number:580500
    Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
    Type of Issue:
    Format:Pane of 16 (16 designs)
    Issue Date & City:August 5, 2022, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    Art Director:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Designer:Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
    Artist:Existing Photos
    Modeler:Joseph Sheeran
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
    Press Type:Muller A76
    Stamps per Pane:16
    Print Quantity:38,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tagged
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Colors:Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
    Stamp Orientation:Square, Horizontal, Vertical
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 0.84 in./36.068 x 21.336 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 0.98 in/39.624 x 24.892 mm
    Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 1.42 in./21.336 x 36.068 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm
    Image Area (w x h):0.84 x 0.84 in./21.336 x 21.336 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):0.98 x 0.98 in./24.892 x 24.892 mm
    Image Area (w x h):1.42 x 1.42 in./36.068 x 36.068 mm
    Overall Size (w x h):1.56 x 1.56 in./39.624 x 39.624 mm
    Full Pane Size (w x h):6.375 x 7.25 in./161.925 x 184.15 mm
    Press Sheets Size (w x h):12.875 x 21.75 in./327.025 x 552.45 mm
    Plate Size:192 stamps per revolution
    Plate Numbers:“P” followed by four (4) single digits
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:Header “National Marine Sanctuaries” • Plate number in bottom two corners
    Back:©2021 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (580500) in lower left corner of pane • Plate position diagram (6) • Promotional text • National Marine Sanctuaries map

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