U.S. # 4960a
2015 70¢ Imperforate Vintage Tulip
The tulip was chosen for the 2015 Weddings two-ounce stamp because it is a traditional declaration of devotion. This stamp was issued for use on wedding invitations and greeting cards that require extra postage. A coordinating Vintage Rose Forever stamp was also released for use on wedding RSVP cards and thank you notes.
Often emerging even before the last winter snow has melted, tulips are true messengers of spring. In ancient Turkey and Persia, tulips represented perfect love. Different colors were associated with various depths of love from true romantic feelings to cheerful thoughts of friendship.
Value: 70¢ 2-ounce rate
Issued: February 14, 2015
First Day City: Riverside, CA, at the American Philatelic Society Ameristamp Expo
Type of Stamp: Definitive (Imperforate)
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Intaglio printing in sheets of 240, with 12 panes of 20
Quantity Printed: 240,000 stamps
Jeanne Greco designed the Vintage Tulip stamp using drawings from engraved plates made by Maria Sibylla Merian (1647-1717), a naturalist artist. Greco added a small, dark red heart for a touch of color. This stamp was printed using engraving, unlike most modern stamps that are lithographed.
The Vintage Tulip and coordinating Vintage Rose (U.S. #4959) stamps are the 2015 addition to the popular Weddings series, which began in 2004. The stamps are issued in pairs with one stamp fulfilling the first-class mail rate and the other the two-ounce rate.