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Scott 5428-5532
2020 2021
United States Stamp Program — 2020
Scott 5444a
Forever Wild Orchids (Coil)
Description   Price    
Scott 5444a
Coil Strip of 10 #5435-5444 (10 designs)


Scott 5444a
button Plate Number Coil of 17  #5435-5444 (10 designs+7 Duplicates)


Reference Images
Scott 5454a — Forever Wild Orchids :: Coil Strip of 10
  Scott 5435   Scott 5436   Scott 5437   Scott 5438   Scott 5439   Scott 5440   Scott 5441   Scott 5442   Scott 5443     Scott 5444  
Scott 5444a
Forever Wild Orchids
Coil Strip of 10
Scott 5444a
Forever Wild Orchids
Plate Number Coil of 17
(PNC strip will be folded between the 10th and 11th (see red-line above)stamp starting from the left)
Scott 5435
Platanthera grandiflora
Scott 5436
Cyrtopodium polyphyllum
Scott 5437
Calopogon tuberosus
Scott 5438
Spiranthes odorata
Scott 5439
Triphora trianthophoros
(Two Flowers)
Scott 5440
Cypripedium californicum
Scott 5441
Hexalectris spicata
Scott 5442
Cypripedium reginae
Scott 5443
Platanthera leucophaea

#5443 can be found  with or without
the coil number
Scott 5444
Triphora trianthophoros
(One  Flower)
(Scott 5445-5454)
Wild Orchids Stamps
Item Number:750400 (3K) / 750700 (10K)
Type of Issue:Definitive
Format:Coil of 3K (10 designs) / Coil of 10K (10 designs)
Issue Date:2020 February 21
Issue City:Coral Gables FL 33134
Art Director:Ethel Kessler Bethesda MD
Designer:Ethel Kessler Bethesda MD
Typographer:Ethel Kessler Bethesda MD
Existing Photos:Jim Fowler Greenville SC
Modeler:Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn
Manufacturing Process:Offset
Printer:Banknote Corporation of America
Press Type:Alprinta 74
Stamps per Coil:3K / 10K
Print Quantity:15 million stamps (3K) / 50 million stamps (10K)
Paper Type:Nonphosphored Type III
Adhesive Type:Pressure-sensitive
Processed at:Banknote Corporation of America
Stamp Orientation:Vertical
Die Cut:TBD
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
Colors:Cyan; Magenta; Yellow; Black
Plate Size:540 stamps per revolution
Plate Numbers:“B” followed by four (4) single digits
Coil Number Frequency:Plate number every 27th stamp below stamp image
Back Numbers3K: 4-digit / 10K: 5-digit
Stamp Announcement 20-08: Wild Orchids Stamps
Postal Bulletin 22537 — 2020 January 16 

The United States Wild Orchids coil forever stamps issued 2020 February 21 presented a challenge for the Scott catalog editors in trying to figure out how to collect a plate number strip that does not follow the precedents set by previous coil issues.

Ten different Wild Orchids coil stamps were issued, but the plate number ("B" followed by four single digits) appears on every 27th stamp depicting the eastern prairie fringed orchid (Platanthera grandiflora). Because of this, a Wild Orchids coil of 3,000 or 10,000 cannot have 10 stamps repeating in order throughout a given roll.

The Scott editors examined a long strip of Wild Orchids coil stamps and determined that a strip of 10 different stamps can be removed from a roll. Such a strip of 10 can be found in a roll with and without a plate number.

On the plate number strip of 10, the plate number appears on the ninth stamp from the left. This strip of 10 with plate number will be listed in the Scott catalogs and will be included in the 2020 Scott Plate Number Coils album supplement.

For a plate number strip with the plate number stamp in the center of the strip, 17 stamps are needed. The first three stamps in the strip of 17 (picturing the large purple fringed orchid (Platanthera grandiflora), terrestrial cowhorn (Cyrtopodium polyphyllum) and common grass pink orchid (Calopogon tuberosus) appear only once. The Eastern Prairie Fringed Orchid (Platanthera grandiflora) stamp bearing the plate number in the center also appears without a plate number in the 16th position in the strip.

The strip of 17 will be listed in the 2021 Scott catalogs, but there will be no Scott album page for it because it is too large to fit.

A collector can thus remove from a roll a plate number strip of 17 and the immediately following strip of 10 without plate number. This neatly covers all 27 stamps in the plate number interval.

Therefore, in each strip of 27 stamps, the three stamps that are found at the beginning of the plate number strip of 17 appear one less time than the other seven stamps.

Because the Wild Orchids stamps from a double-sided pane of 20 and the Wild Orchids coil stamps have different sizes, all stamps will be illustrated in the listings in the Scott New Issues Update in the April 20 issue of Linn s Stamp News.

The order of the stamps in the block of 10 found on the side containing 12 stamps in the double-sided pane differ from the order in the strip of 10 different coil stamps.