NEW YORK (JTA) — The new 2009 Chanukah stamp was released by the United States Postal Service.
The Postal Service printed 35 million of the first-class stamps, which are 44 cents each and became available for purchase in sheets of 20 last month.
The stamp, which features a photographed menorah with nine lit candles, marks the third time the Postal Service has released an original stamp commemorating the Jewish festival of lights.
The first commemorative Chanukah stamp was released in 1996 and featured a stylized menorah illustration. It was reissued and revalued every year until the release of its
successor, the 2004 Chanukah stamp, featuring an ornate dreidel, which has been reissued and revalued every season until last month’s release of the new stamp.
The Postal Service also sells stamps commemorating Christmas and Kwanzaa.