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Wild Orchids

Wild Orchids

Forever 55¢ | Multiple Stamp Designs and Formats


Issue Date: 2/21/2020

Enjoy the exotic beauty of orchids with ten new stamps in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 from the U.S. Postal Service.

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  • Enjoy the exotic beauty of orchids with ten new stamps in coils of 3,000 and 10,000 from the U.S. Postal Service. Each stamp features one of these nine species that grows wild in the United States: Cypripedium californicum, Hexalectris spicata, Cypripedium reginae, Spiranthes odorata, Triphora trianthophoros, Platanthera grandiflora, Cyrtopodium polyphyllum, Calopogon tuberosus, and Platanthera leucophaea.

    Within the booklet, each stamp design is featured twice. Orchids also have common names, with some plants having several different names in popular use.

    Orchids are beloved by plant experts and casual flower lovers alike for their gorgeous colors, unusual look, and delicate features. Part of the largest family of plants on Earth, orchids grow in many climates and thrive under a variety of conditions. There are more than 30,000 species of wild orchids in the world, with more than 100 species native to North America.

    Many of the orchids native to North America are endangered or threatened, making sightings in their natural environment all the more rare and wonderful. Numerous organizations across the country work to preserve these striking wildflowers and their habitats. Orchids are considered some of the most exotic flowers in the world. Whether growing wild in damp woodlands, thriving in a cultivated garden, or blooming on a windowsill, these extraordinary flowers are wonders to behold.

    Art director Ethel Kessler designed the stamps with existing photographs taken by Jim Fowler.

    The Wild Orchirds stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce price.

    Made in the USA.

    SKUs featured on this page: 750404,760704

  • Issue:Wild Orchids Stamps
    Denomination & Type of Issue:First-Class Mail Forever
    Issue Date & City:February 21, 2020, Coral Gables, FL 33134
    Designer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Art Director:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Typographer:Ethel Kessler, Bethesda, MD
    Modeler:Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
    Manufacturing Process:Offset
    Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
    Printed at:N/A
    Press Type:Alprinta 74
    Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
    Stamp Orientation:Vertical
    Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America
    Colors:Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black
    Plate Numbers:“B” followed by four (4) single digits

    Item Number:682500
    Format:Double-sided Booklet of 20 (10 designs)
    Stamps per Pane:20
    Print Quantity:500,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block
    Image Area (w x h):1.05 x 0.77 in./26.67 x 19.558 mm
    Stamps Size (w x h):1.19 x 0.91 in./30.226 x 23.114 mm
    Full Booklet Size (w x h):2.375 x 5.743 in./60.325 x 145.872 mm
    Plate Size:800 stamps per revolution
    Marginal Markings:
    Front:WILD ORCHIDS Twenty First-Class Forever Stamps
    Back:©2019 USPS in peel strip area • Barcode • Promotional text in peel strip area • Plate number in peel strip area

    Item Number:750400
    Format:Coil of 3,000 (10 designs)
    Stamps per Coil:3,000
    Print Quantity:15,000,000 stamps
    Item Number:760700
    Format:Coil of 10,000 (10 designs)
    Stamps per Coil:10,000
    Print Quantity:50,000,000 stamps
    Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III
    Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 0.84 in/18.542 x 21.336 mm
    Stamps Size (w x h):0.87 x 0.98 in/22.098 x 24.892 mm
    Plate Size:540 stamps per revolution
    Coil Number Requency:Plate number every 27th stamp

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