2014 49¢ Goldie
The Goldie is one of five Ferns stamps issued in coils of 10,000 for business users. This was the first time large coils were issued as forever stamps. Coils with the same fern design were released in January 2014 with a 49¢ denomination.
Native to the northeastern United States and neighboring areas of Canada, Goldie’s wood fern is one of the tallest-known wood fern varieties, growing up to six feet in height.
A semi-evergreen, Goldie’s fern shows off a lush spray of large, rich, green-colored fronds almost year-round. The plant derives its name not from its coloring, but from its founder, 19th-century Scottish-born botanist John Goldie.
In 1817, at only 24 years old, Goldie sailed to North America in search of new plants. Though his trip was slated for New York, bad weather rerouted his ship to Canada. Undeterred, he collected samples throughout southeastern Canada: from Halifax, to Quebec, to Montreal, traveling mostly on foot.
As Goldie walked south from Canada through New York State and again north to Montreal, he continuously sent his collected samples back to Scotland, only to learn time and time again that the shipments never arrived. Ever resilient, he continued to travel on foot as far south as Pittsburgh, this time holding his samples until he could personally take them back to Scotland.
When Goldie finally sailed back to Scotland in August 1819, among the samples he was able to transport was the root of his namesake wood fern.
There are five species pictured on the fern stamps – autumn, Goldie’s wood, soft shield, Fortune’s holly, and painted ferns. Photographer Cindy Dyer captured the images at Green Spring Gardens in Lincolnia, Virginia, and Meadowlark Botanical Gardens in Vienna, Virginia. The white background on the stamps highlights the details of each fern.
49¢ Fern, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: March 6, 2014
City: Kansas City, MO (no First Day of Issue ceremony)
Printed By: CCL Label Inc.
Printing Method: Photogravure
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 11 Vertical