1996 Eagle and Shield
- Fourth stamp to use Eagle and Shield design
- First Self-adhesive with this design
- Intended for Bulk Rate mail
Category of Stamp: Definitive
Value: 10¢, Third-Class Bulk Rate
First Day of Issue: May 21, 1996
First Day City: Washington, DC
Quantity Issued: 450,000,000
Printed by: Stamp Venturers
Printing Method/Format: Photogravure. Coils of 10,000, from printing cylinders of 252 subjects (12 across, 21 down)
Perforations: Die Cut
Reason the stamp was issued: The Eagle and Shield self-adhesive stamp was issued for bulk mailers to use instead of a stamped envelope.
About the stamp design: The design for this stamp was first used in 1991. This stamp represents the fourth time the same design was used, but the first time it was issued as self-adhesive. It features the artwork of Christopher Calle, the artist behind some of America’s space stamps.
Special design details: The 1996 self-adhesive Eagle and Shield stamp has the year date below the design. When Stamp Venturers printed this stamp with water-activated gum in 1993, there was no date.
First Day City: There was no First Day of Issue ceremony for this stamp.