Plates Issued: Intaglio -(front, 3-color giori, orange - black over brown) #171862, #171864; Offset - #59878 - Yellow, #59879 - Orange, #59742 - Black (back). Colors: Front - Yellow, Orange, Black, and Brown; Back - Black. Designer/Modeler: Leonard E. Buckley. Engravers: Vignette - Joseph S. Creamer, Jr.; Frame - Howard F. Sharpless; Letters - Howard F. Sharpless; Numerals - Howard F. Sharpless. First Day of Sale: July 1, 1972. Issue: 1972 - Thirty-ninth Duck Stamp (first $5 stamp).Quantity Sold: 2,184,343.
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1973. Migratory Bord Hunting Stamp. $5. Emperor Geese." Back - "Buy Duck Stamps. Save wetlands. Send in all bird bands. Sing your Duck Stamp. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
Arthur M. Cook
Watercolor painting of Emperor Geese by Arthur M. Cook, a Minnesota freelance artist. (Deceased)
Content taken from
the Duck Stamp Collection. The Duck Stamp Collection was originally
printed in a loose-leaf, hole-punched format that was available for
sale through the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO) and updated
document is no longer in print.