The U. S. Postal Service recently announced they will issue a new semipostal stamp. Semipostals allow stamp users to pay more for the stamp (55 cents rather than 44 cents) and the extra 11 cents funds a good cause. You may be familiar with the current breast cancer research stamps. Funds raised from the new stamp will help save vanishing species like elephants, rhinos and tigers.
From the press release:
The Save Vanishing Species stamp, which can be preordered beginning today at usps.com/shop, features an illustration of a tiger cub by artist Nancy Stahl. The artwork on the full sheet of 20 stamps is dark green and includes silhouettes of a rhinoceros, a tiger, a gorilla, Asian and African elephants and a marine turtle. …
Five million sheets of stamps will be printed initially and reprints will be based on customer demand. The stamps will sell for 11 cents greater than a First Class Mail stamp — 55 cents — and $11 for a sheet of 20.
…Three semipostal stamps have been issued by the U.S. Postal Service and today only the Breast Cancer Research stamp is available:
- Breast Cancer Research, 1998–current. Net proceeds of more than $74.1 million to date have gone to the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Defense.
- Heroes of 2001, 2002–2004. Net proceeds of $10.5 million went to the Federal Emergency Management Agency. No longer available.
- Stop Family Violence, 2003–2006. Net proceeds of $3.1 million went to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. No longer available.
Here’s a shot of the stamp (pic courtesy of the USPS):
The semi-postal stamps don’t go on sale until this September, but you can pre-order the stamps online from the U. S. Postal service here. Cool stamps and helping endangered species, what a winning combination!