2023 U.S. Flag

With the 2023 U.S. Flag stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors an important symbol of our nation.

The stamp, which is being issued in booklets of 20, panes of 20, and coils of 100, 3,000, and 10,000, bears a straightforward graphic design of the red, white, and blue. Providing a solid foundation for the flag are the word FREEDOM in a gray slab sans serif font and, below it, FOREVER / USA in a smaller sans serif font. The manner in which the text is positioned suggests the endurance of freedom as a core value.

The flag serves as a visual reminder of the array of freedoms that Americans enjoy. Its design dates to 1777 when the Continental Congress specified 13 horizontal stripes and 13 stars to honor the 13 original colonies. Various versions of the early flag continued to be used until, in 1818, the U.S. Congress standardized the design, mandating 13 stripes forever but a star for every state. Another act of Congress, in 1947, set the date for each new star’s official addition to the flag as the July 4 following the state’s admission to the Union. The last time the flag changed was July 4, 1960, after Hawaii achieved statehood the previous August.

Art director Antonio Alcalá designed the stamp with existing art by Hong Li.

The 2023 U.S. Flag stamp is being issued as a Forever® stamp. This Forever stamp will always be equal in value to the current First-Class Mail® one-ounce rate.

Product Specification:
Issue:U.S. Flag Stamp
Item Number:122700
Denomination &First-Class Mail Forever
Type of Issue:
Format:Pane of 20 (1 design)
Issue Date & City:April 10, 2023, Freedom, ME 04941
Art Director:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Designer:Antonio Alcalá, Alexandria, VA
Existing Art:Hong Li
Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset, Microprint
Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type:Alprinta 74
Stamps per Pane:20
Print Quantity:100000000
Paper Type:Phosphor Tagged, Block
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America
Stamp Orientation:Vertical
Image Area (w x h):0.73 x 0.84 in / 18.542 x 21.336 mm
Stamp Size (w x h):0.87 x 0.98 in / 22.098 x 24.892 mm
Pane Size (w x h):5.30 x 4.88 in / 134.62 x 123.952 mm
Colors:Pantone 3546C, Pantone Cool Gray 5C, Pantone 7687C
Plate Size:320 stamps per revolution
Plate Number:“B” followed by three (3) single digits
Marginal Markings:
Front:Plate number in four corners
Back:©2022 USPS • USPS logo • 2 barcodes (122700) • Plate position diagram (8) • Promotional text
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