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United States of America

20 August 2020


United States: Innovations, 20 August 2020. Images from United States Postal Service.

Technical Specifications:

Issue: Innovation Stamps
Item Number: 476200
Denomination & Type of Issue: First Class Mail® Forever®
Format: Pane of 20 (5 designs)
Series: N/A
Issue Date & City: August 20, 2020, Bellefonte, PA 16823
Art Director: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Typographer: Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Hot Foil Stamping
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type: Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane: 20
Print Quantity: 14,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Block Tagged
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Banknote Corporation of America
Stamp Orientation: Vertical
Image Area (w x h): 0.84 x 1.42 in./21.336 x 36.068 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 0.98 x 1.56 in./24.892 x 39.624 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 5.92 x 7.24 in./150.368 x 183.896 mm
Colors: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black, Gray PMS 431 C
Other: Foil
Plate Size: 120 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers: “P” followed by five (5) single digits in four corners
Marginal Markings: Plate position diagram (6) • 2 barcodes (476200) • ©2020 USPS • USPS logo • Promotional text

On August 20, 2020, in Bellefonte, PA, the United States Postal Service will issue the Innovation stamps (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail rate) in five designs, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 476200). The stamps will go on sale nationwide August 20, 2020, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue. The Innovation pane of 20 stamps may not be split and the stamps may not be sold individually.

This issuance celebrates the American spirit of innovation with a pane of 20 stamps featuring five different designs, each representing an area in which U.S. scientists and engineers have made significant contributions:

Genome sequencing,
Robotics, and
Solar technology.
Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamps, and chose a detail of an existing photograph for each.

Item 476200, Innovation (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps: No automatic distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark:
Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Innovation Stamps
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by December 20, 2020.

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