The U.S. Postal Service Governors recommended increasing the price of a First-Class stamp 2 cents to 46 cents and authorized the production of a pane of four evergreen tree branches as the newest image for Forever Stamps. The price of a postcard would increase 2 cents to 30 cents.
The Postal Regulatory Commission must approve the recommended price changes. The increases would not go into effect until January 2, 2011.
Holiday Evergreen Forever Stamps will be available to the public in October at the current rate of 44 cents. Once purchased, the stamps are valid literally forever - despite any future price changes. No additional postage will ever be needed.
These are the first Forever stamps not showing the Liberty Bell.
Baltimoresun.com reports, the Liberty Bell stamps will still be accepted even when these are in circulation.