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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|
|Printer:||Banknote Corporation of America|
|Press Type:||Alprinta 74|
|Processed at:||Banknote Corporation of America||Colors:||Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black|
|Plate Numbers:||“B” followed by four (4) single digits|
|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|
|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|
|Format:||Coil of 3,000 (10 designs)|
|Stamps per Coil:||3,000|
|Print Quantity:||15,000,000 stamps|
|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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