USPS Goes Global With 2013 International Rate Stamp

Here’s your first look at the 2013 international rate stamp, which we’re calling Global Forever®. With this stamp you’ll be able to mail a 1-ounce First-Class Mail International letter anywhere in the world.


The stamp shows the Atlantic Ocean flanked by the Americas, Africa, and part of northern Europe. Italian artist Leonello Calvetti used a variety of maps, primarily from NASA, to create his design. With 3D computer technology, he was able to modify depth, vary color, and create subtle light and shadow details on terrain surfaces to achieve a high level of photorealism while also attaining something new.

“I always have been fascinated by space and what astronauts could see from out there,” Calvetti says. “As an artist, an illustrator, I wanted to make my own representation of the Earth.”

The Global Forever stamp will be issued in self-adhesive sheets of 20 stamps, each with a denomination of $1.10, or $22.00 per sheet. A release date has not yet been set.

What do you think of the stamp’s “global” shape?

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About USPS Stamps

The Postal Service™ is proud of its role in portraying the American experience to a world audience through the issuance of postage stamps and postal stationery. Each year the Postal Service issues commemorative stamps reflecting subjects of national significance and appeal. More than 160 years of stamp development has yielded an incredible archive of imagery and commentary reflecting American culture and society. Even in this fast-changing world, stamps are still a versatile and convenient method of postage. And stamp collecting is a lifetime hobby that is fun and educational for all ages. Stamp collecting is easy to start without a big investment. It is also a great way to learn about the world and its many wonders, opening the door to an exciting universe of history, science, geography, the arts, technology, and sports. Our mission is to provide universal service that is prompt, reliable, efficient, affordable, and self-sustaining. Throughout its history the Postal Service has grown with the nation, binding it together by ensuring that everyone, everywhere, has the same ability to communicate regardless of technological change.

3 thoughts on “USPS Goes Global With 2013 International Rate Stamp

  1. I’m really looking forward to this one! I must find a postcard with a satellite image of the other side of the world so I can make sure I’ve got everyone covered 🙂

  2. It’s really pretty! We do a lot of international mailings to family & it will be nice not to have to remember which stamps in our mail drawer are for Canada & which are for UK. On the other hand, that’s quite a steep postage increase for Canada 😦

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