The U.S. Postal Service continues to honor the sacrifices of the men and women who serve in the U.S. military with the issuance of the Purple Heart Medal stamp that depicts the medal suspended from its purple and white ribbon.
The Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to members of the U.S. military who have been wounded or killed in action. According to the Military Order of the Purple Heart, an organization for combat-wounded veterans, the medal is "the oldest military decoration in the world in present use and the first award made available to a common soldier."
Established by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, the badge of distinction for meritorious action - a heart made of purple cloth - was discontinued after the war. In 1932, on the 200th anniversary of Washington’s birth, the decoration was reinstated and redesigned as a purple heart of metal bordered by gold, suspended from a purple and white ribbon. In the center of the medal is a profile bust of George Washington beneath his family coat of arms.
The Purple Heart Medal stamp, first issued in 2012, is a redesign of the Purple Heart with Ribbon stamp. Ira Wexler photographed the medal. Art director Jennifer Arnold designed the stamp.
The Purple Heart Medal stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp in self-adhesive sheets of 20. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.
Made in the USA.
Issue Date: October 11, 2014
SKUs featured on this page: 125404
|Issue:||Purple Heart Medal Stamp|
|Denomination & Type of Issue:||Forever First-Class Mail|
|Format:||Pane of 20 (1 design)|
|Issue Date & City:||October 11, 2014, Dover, DE 19901|
|Designer:||Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC|
|Art Director:||Jennifer Arnold, Washington, DC|
|Typographer:||Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA|
|Artist:||Ira Wexler, Braddock Heights, MD|
|Modeler:||CCL Label, Inc.|
|Printer:||CCL Label, Inc.|
|Printed at:||Clinton, SC 29325|
|Press Type:||Dia Nippon Kiko (DNK)|
|Stamps per Pane:||20|
|Print Quantity:||70 million stamps|
|Paper Type:||Prephosphored, Type I|
|Adhesive Type:||Pressure-sensitive adhesive|
|Processed at:||CCL Label, Inc., Clinton, SC|
|Colors:||Yellow, Magenta, Cyan, Black, Purple 266, Red 1805|
|Image Area (w x h):||0.73 x 0.84 in./18.54 x 21.34 mm|
|Overall Size (w x h):||0.87 x 0.98 in./22.10 x 24.90 mm|
|Full Pane Size (w x h):||5.25 x 4.83 in./133.35 x 122.55 mm|
|Plate Size:||420 stamps per revolution|
|Plate Numbers:||“C” followed by six (6) single digits|
|Front:||Plate numbers in four corners of pane|
|Back:||© 2012 USPS • USPS logo • Plate position diagram • Barcode (115400) in upper right and lower left corners of pane • Promotional text|
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