Plates Issued: Intaglio - (front) #97573 - Black; Offset - #73397-front, Process Magenta, #73398-front, Process Yellow, #73399-front, Process Cyan, #73400-front, Process Black; Nyloprint - back, Black. Color: Front - Black, Cyan, Yellow, Magenta. Press: 801 "F" Web - 8 color Offset/Intaglio. Designer/Modeler: Peter Cocci. Engraver: Vignette - William Fleishell; Frame - N/A; Letters - Dixie O. March; Numerals - N/A. First Day of Sale: July 1, 1998. Issue: 1998 - Sixty-fifth Duck Stamp (Seventh $15.00 stamp), First Pressure-Sensitive Adhesive (PSA) Issue - RW65A. Quantity Sold: 1,684,900.
Inscription: Front - "US. Department of the Interior. Void after June 30, 1999. Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp. $15. Barrow's Goldeneye."
Back - "Invest in America's Future. Buy Duck Stamps. Save Wetlands. Send in or report all bird bands to 1-800-327-BAND. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl or use this stamp as a pass to a National Wildlife Refuge unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
PSA Inscription: Front - "The New Federal Duck Stamp Self Adhesive Single presented by the U.S. Fish & Widlife Service. $500 million in Duck Stamps since 1934 have purchased 5 million acres . . . an area the size of Massachusetts! 98% of Duck Stamp Dollars purchase wetlands and other wildlife habitat. Help conserve America's natural heritage. Do your part - Buy Duck Stamps! If applicable, sign, peel and attach to license."
Back - "Pocket Guide to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Fun Facts - Did you know . . . that you can use the Federal Duck Stamp to gain free admission to National Wildlife Refuges? - that 46% of endangered and threatened species use wetlands? U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Internet Site: www.fws.gov Call 1-800-344-WILD & press # to receive . . . 1. National Wildlife Refuges - map & info 2. Endangered Species - information 3. Migratory Birds - hunting & bird guides. Federal Duck Stamp Office 1849 C Street, Suite 2058 Washington, DC 20240. Sales: 1-888-534-0400. www.fws.gov/~r9dso. Report all bird bands to 1-800-327-BAND. It is unlawful to hunt waterfowl or use this stamp as a pass to a National Wildlife Refuge unless you sign your name in ink on the face of this stamp."
Acrylic painting of a Barrow's Goldeneye by Robert Steiner, 315 Cornwall Street, San Francisco, CA 94118. One of the top wildlife artist's in the country, Bob Steiner, finally won the 1997 Federal Duck Stamp Contest at the age of 48 after 17 previous attempts. Chosen over 379 other entries, Steiner's Barrow's Goldeneye depicts the majesty of the species. The same design, with some enhancements, came in third in the 1995 Federal Duck Stamp Contest (the winner that year was the Surf Scoter design by Wilhelm Goebel). Mr. Steiner has designed a total of 47 duck stamps (state and other commissioned venues) - more than any other artist. With a Bachelor's degree in painting and etching from the renowned Rhode Island School of Design, he also holds a Master's degree in etching and fine art printmaking from San Francisco State University.