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2016 USPS New Issues Calendar

Future stamp issues for 2016 are in approximate chronological order as they are expected to be issued. As stamps are announced, we also provide first day request addresses and deadlines as part of our First Day Covers information page.

TBD = To Be Determined;  PSA = Pressure-sensitive Adhesive;  Forever stamps are always equal to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

Stamp Issues from previous years: 2015 New Issues 2014 New Issues 2013 New Issues 2012 New Issues 2011 New Issues
and 2010 New Issues

Future Issues for 2016



Botanical Art Stamps, USPS 2016

Botanical Art Forever Stamps
(Click to see 10 designs)
— January 29, 2016 | Atlanta, GA (at APS AmeriStamp show) | PSA pane of 20

This issue continues the Postal Service's tradition of floral-themed stamps that are popular with mailers. To be issued in the first quarter of the year, the stamp art features ten different floral designs, each a detail of an illustration that appeared in an American nursery catalog between 1891 and 1912. The design details are courtesy of The New York Botanical Garden, whose Nursery and Seed Catalog Collection is one of the largest and most important such collections in the U.S.

Lunar New Year Forever Stamp, USPS 2016

Year of the Monkey - Lunar New Year Forever Stamp
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— February 6 | New York City | PSA pane of 12

New York artist Kim Mak once again brings us a design that features a traditional form of Lunar New Year celebration. The stamp art features two bright reddish-orange peonies against a purple background. Peonies symbolize wealth and honor in Chinese culture and often decorate the sides of the traditional drums played during the holiday festivities.

The stamp design incorporates two elements from the previous series of Lunar New Year stamps: the intricate cut-paper design of a monkey and the Chinese character for "monkey," drawn in grass-style calligraphy.


Sarah Vaughan, Music Icon Forever Stamp, USPS 2016

Sarah Vaughan - Music Icon Forever Stamp
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— February 20, 2016 | Newark, NJ | PSA pane of 16

Born March 27, 1924, Sarah Vaughan was one of America's greatest singers, successful in both jazz and pop, with a talent for improvisation and skillful phrasing and a voice that ranged over several octaves.

The stamp art is an oil painting of Vaughan in performance based on a

1955 photograph by Hugh Bell. The cover side of the pane features a larger version of the stamp art and a list of some of "The Divine One's" popular songs.


Quilled Paper Heart, Love Forever Stamp, USPS 2016

Quilled Paper Heart - Love Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

The stamp features a heart that was created using the ancient art of quilling. Quilling involves rolling and shaping narrow strips of paper, laying them on their edges, and gluing them in place to form intricate designs. The heart shape in the center of the stamp art is made from paper strips of many colors and is surrounded by white paper swirls on a white background.


Richard Allen, Black Heritage Forever Stamp, USPS 2016

Richard Allen - Black Heritage Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

Born February 14, 1760, Allen was a preacher, activist, and civic leader. This stamp coincides with the 200th anniversary of Allen's founding of the African Methodist Episcopal Church, one of the most important institutions in African-American life, and his election as its first bishop. The stamp art is a portrait of Allen, a detail from an 1876 print titled "Bishops of the A.M.E. Church." Featuring Allen in the center surrounded by ten other bishops and six historical vignettes, the full print is from the collection of the Library Company of Philadelphia.



Indiana Statehood Stamp, USPS 2016

Indiana Statehood Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

This stamp celebrates the 200th anniversary of Indiana's statehood.

Known as the Hoosier State, Indiana became the 19th state of the Union on December 11, 1816. According to the USPS, "Indiana has often been considered the heartland of America…Its fertile soil has long made it ideal for crops like corn, which remains a staple of Indiana's agricultural economy." For this reason, the stamp features a photograph of the expansive cornfields near Milford, Indiana, at sunset. The state also is known for the Indianapolis 500 and its devotion to basketball.


Jamie Escalante Stamp, USPS 2016

Jaime Escalante Forever Stamp
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— Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

Born December 31, 1930, Jaime Escalante was a beloved, charismatic California educator who used unconventional methods to inspire his inner-city students not only to learn calculus but also to pass Advanced Placement tests in the subject. With his colleagues at Garfield High School in East Los Angeles, he proved that students judged to be "unteachable" could master even the most difficult subject.

The stamp art is based on a 2005 photograph taken by Jaime W. Escalante, in a classroom where his father previously had taught.


Pets Stamps, USPS 2016

Pets Forever Stamps
(Click to see 20 designs)
— Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

This issuance recognizes America's love of pets. The stamp art for the Pets booklet features 20 existing photographs. Each photograph represents an animal from these groups: puppies, betta fish, iguanas, hamsters, goldfish, parrots, guinea pigs, tortoises, rabbits, kittens, corn snakes, mice, hermit crabs, chinchillas, gerbils, dogs, parakeets, horses, cats, and geckos.


Repeal of the Stamp Act Stamp, USPS 2016

Repeal of the Stamp Act, 1776 Forever Stamp
(Click to see Souvenir Sheet)
— Date TBD | Site TBD | Format TBD

This issue commemorates the 250th anniversary of the repeal of the Stamp Act, British legislation that galvanized and united the American colonies and set them on a path toward revolution. The act required payment of a tax on a wide array of paper materials, such as newspapers, pamphlets, legal documents, licenses, mortgages, contracts, and bills of sale. A stamp would be embossed on these papers to indicate payment. The stamp art depicts a crowd gathered around a "liberty tree" to celebrate the repeal of the Stamp Act. The selvage area displays a proof print of a one-penny revenue stamp and includes a famous slogan from the era: “Taxation without representation is tyranny,” a theme that has once again become popular with some groups of citizens.



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World Stamp Show-NY 2016 commemorative sheet Design
— Date TBD | Site TBD | PSA pane of 20

Held approximately every ten years, the first International Philatelic Exhibition to be hosted by the United States was held in New York CIty in 1913. This souvenir sheet commemorates the 11th International stamp show to be held in the U.S., from May 28 to June 4, 2016, at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The design will be based on the two stamps issued in 2015 to announce the upcoming World Stamp Show-NY 2016 and inviting philatelists and amateur stamp enthusiasts to attend.

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