The Postal Service issued a non-denominated New York Public Library Lion pre-sorted standard (ten-cent value) stamp on November 9, 2000 in New York, New York. The stamp, designed by Carl Herrman of Carlsbad, California, and illustrated by Nancy Stahl of New York, New York, went on sale nationwide November 10, 2000.
This stamp features one of the two lions guarding the entrance to the New York Public Library. Sculpted by Edward Clark Potter, these trademarked beasts — nicknamed Patience and Fortitude — have been adopted by the library as official mascots.
Sennett Security Products printed 100 million gravure stamps. The stamp was reissued in water-activated gum coils of 500 and 3,000 in Washington, DC, on February 4, 2003. Fifty million stamps were printed in the gravure process by Sennett Security Corporation.
Postal Bulletin (October 5, 2000).
Postal Bulletin (January 23, 2003).