Plates Issued: Intaglio (front) - #195744 - Black and Green; Offset - #72304 - front, Process Magenta, #72305 - front, Process Yellow, #72306 - front, Process Cyan, #72307 - front, Process Black; Nyloprint - (back) Black. Color: Front - Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta, Green. Designer: Brian Thompson. Modeler: Clarence Holbert. Engraver: Vignette - Gary Chaconas; Frame - N/A; Letters - John Smith; Numerals - N/A. First Day of Sale: June 27, 1996 (Washington D.C. only) July 1, 1996 (Nationwide). Issue: 1996 - Sixty-third Duck Stamp (sixth $15.00 stamp). Quantity Sold: 1,560,120.
Inscription: Front - "U.S. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1997. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $15. Surf Scoters." Back - "Invest in America's future. Buy Duck Stamps. Save Wetlands. Send in all bird bands. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl or use this stamp as a National Refuge entrance pass unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
Oil painting of a pair of surf scoters in flight along New Jersey's southern shoreline featuring the Barnegat lighthouse in the background by Wilhelm Goebel, 30677 E. Rustic Drive, Salisbury, MD 21804.
Wilhelm Goebel, a nationally known wildlife artist, received a degree in biology from Ithaca College, NY, and makes a lifetime study of bird anatomy. He began entering the Federal Duck Stamp competition at the age of 18 and after 17 years of submitting artwork, finally won the big prize. Goebel designed the 1994 New Jersey Duck Stamp and additional fishing stamps for New Jersey, Delaware and Illinois. He was also selected to design the 1996 New Jersey Duck Stamp, the 1996 North Dakota Duck Stamp, and the 1996 Alaska Duck Stamp.