U.S. # 5002
2015 71¢ 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.
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.
Value: 71¢ 2-ounce rate
Issued: June 1, 2015
First Day City: Kansas City, MO
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Method: Intaglio printing in sheets of 240, with 12 panes of 20
Perforation: Serpentine Die Cut 11
Quantity Printed: 15,000,000 stamps
The Vintage Tulip is one of three 2015 additions to the popular wedding series which began in 2004. U.S. #5002 is the second Vintage Tulip stamp of the year, with U.S. #4960 bearing the 70¢ rate.