2016 $1.20 The Moon
Forever International Rate
Almost 240,000 miles from Earth, the Moon has long been a place of mystery to humans. And even as technological advances have allowed us to visit the Moon, many of our questions are still unanswered.
Thousands of years ago, early civilizations saw the Moon as the home of the gods, or even a god itself. Subsequent ancient cultures made significant discoveries in the days before modern technology. As early as 1000 B.C., civilizations could predict lunar eclipses. That knowledge was later used to estimate the size of both the Earth and the Moon. Early methods of time measurement were based on the Moon’s roughly 30-day cycle, which led to our modern calendar system.
Centuries later, after landing men on the Moon and studying it extensively, we have even more questions. How was it formed? What causes quakes on the moon? While earthquakes are caused by plate tectonics, the Moon does not have active plates.
We are coming closer to answering some of these questions. Unmanned spacecraft continue to provide new data, and future lunar missions are being planned. With so much left to discover, mankind remains as fascinated by the Moon today as when our ancestors first looked up at it in wonder ages ago.
Value: Forever International Mail Rate
Issued: February 22, 2016
First Day City: Washington, D.C.
Type of Stamp: Definitive
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Method: Offset, Microprint in Panes of 10
Quantity Printed: 75,000,000
The 2016 $1.20 The Moon stamp is an international rate stamp and features Earth’s only natural satellite. A one-ounce letter bearing this stamp can be mailed to any country with first-class international service. This stamp stands out among other forever stamps by having a round shape and the words “Global Forever” around the edge. The stamp selvage depicts a line of trees against a night sky. The image of the moon is based on a photograph taken by Beth Swanson, the selvage was illustrated by Greg Breeding.