- Covered the Nonprofit rate
- Fourth version of this stamp
- Issue produced by three printers
- Also issued with water-activated
Category of Stamp: Definitive
Set: American Scene
Value: 5¢, Nonprofit Rate
First Day of Issue: January 24, 1997
First Day City: Tucson, Arizona
Quantity Issued: 70,000,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method/Format: Photogravure, Coils of 3,000 from printing cylinders of 378 (18 across, 21 down)
Perforations: die cut
Reason the stamp was issued: The Mountain stamp was issued for use on bulk mailings from Nonprofit organizations. This was the fourth time this design was used.
About the stamp design: This stamp was one of a series that picture nature scenes from four regions of the US. The mountain image was painted by Tom Engeman, who also painted the Buttes pictured on a bulk rate stamp issued in 1995. The contrast in colors made by the sunlight is a trademark of this artist’s stamp artwork.
About the printing process: The stamp was produced in 1996 with water-activated gum in coils of 500, 3,000, and 10,000. Self-adhesive stamps with the same design were also produced.
First Day City: The First Day of sale took place at Aripex in Tucson, Arizona, though there was no formal ceremony.
About the American Scenes Series: The American Scenes definitives were introduced in 1995. They feature landscapes representing four areas of the US and were painted by Tom Engeman. The stamps were issued for use on bulk rate nonprofit mail. They supplemented supplies of the 5¢ Canoe and 5¢ Old Glory non-profit coil stamps, to offer customers more design variety.
The first stamps in the series were issued by March 10 1995, along with the American Transportation series. These two series, as well as the American Culture Series, were created for 1995 as part of the USPS process of converting its service-inscribed stamps for discounted bulk mail to non-denominational postage. Bulk mailers could buy the appropriate stamps at a fixed price, affix them to their mail, and then pay the difference between the cost of the stamps and current postage when they mailed them out. This was done so that new stamps wouldn’t need to be created when rates changed.
According to the USPS, the American Scenes Series would “highlight features of scenes and not the sweeping scenes [as seen] on the scenic America and America the Beautiful Postcard Series.”