Chrysanthemums (also known as "mums") are the most commercially grown flower in the United States. They are also nicknamed the "Queen of Fall Flowers." Chrysanthemums are popular in other countries across the globe, too, with many interesting and unique significances depending on the culture.
Chrysanthmums were first grown in China around the 15th century BC. The species eventually spread to Jpaan and then the rest of the world. By 1630, over 500 varieties were known. In Japan, chrysanthemums symbolize happiness, immortality, and the sun. They are also a symbol of the Japanese imperial family – the "Chrysanthemum Throne." In the United States, chrysanthemums are some of the most popular seasonal fall decorations. They come in a wide range of colors and can survive in colder temperatures compared to other flowers.
Chrysanthemums are beautiful plants mostly used for decoration, but there are some species with culinary uses, too. Certain chrysanthemum flowers can be dried and used in tea, while the leaves of these plants can be sautéed or used in soups (most commonly in Chinese or Japanese cuisines).
In 2020, the United States Postal Service pictured a chrysanthemum on a Global Forever stamp. Given the flower's global popularity, it was a fitting choice.
This round Global stamp can be used to mail a one-ounce letter to any country to which First-Class Mail International® service is available.
As with all Global stamps, this stamp will have a postage value equivalent to the price of the single-piece First-Class Mail International first-ounce machinable letter in effect at the time of use.
Issue: Chrysanthemum Stamp
Item Number: 572600
Denomination & Type of Issue: Global Forever International Rate
Format: Pane of 10 (1 design)
Issue Date & City: April 24, 2020, Burlingame, CA 94010
Art Director: William J. Gicker, Washington, DC
Designer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Typographer: Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA
Existing Art: Hong Vo
Modeler: Joseph Sheeran
Manufacturing Process: Offset, Microprint
Printer: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Press Type: Muller A76
Stamps per Pane: 10
Print Quantity: 65,000,000 stamps
Paper Type: Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag
Adhesive Type: Pressure-sensitive
Processed at: Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)
Stamp Orientation: Round
Image Area (w x h): 1.2 x 1.2 in./30.48 x 30.48 mm
Stamp Size (w x h): 1.41 x 1.41 in./35.814 x 35.814 mm
Full Pane Size (w x h): 8.5 x 4.09 in./215.9 x 103.886 mm
Colors: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Pantone Pink C, Pantone Black 6C
Plate Size: 180 stamps per revolution
Plate Number: “P” followed by six (6) single digits
Front: Plate number in four corners of pane
Back: ©2019 USPS • USPS logo • Barcode (572600) behind each stamp • Plate position diagram (9) • Promotional text
Shipping Method: USPS First Class & USPS Priority Mail. Handling time: Usually around 1 business days.
Delivery time: Usually around 3-7 business days.
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