Arago: 25-cent Pheasant

25-cent Pheasant

The 25-cent multicolored Ring-necked Pheasant (Scott 2283) definitive was issued on April 29, 1988, in Rapid City, South Dakota, as a booklet of twenty stamps. This was the first booklet produced by a printer other than the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and the first booklet featuring the 25-cent rate.

Chuck Ripper designed the magenta, yellow, cyan, and black stamp, which American Bank Note Company printed on a gravure press under the supervision of Sennett Enterprises. The stamp was distributed in booklet form as two panes of ten stamps, with two across and five down, printed by gravure printing cylinders of four hundred subjects. One group of four gravure cylinder numbers preceded by the letter ‘A’ appears on the binding stub. The stamp was perforated 11 on the L perforator.

The ring-necked pheasant is the official state bird of South Dakota. The 20-cent South Dakota stamp (Scott 1993) also depicted this bird.

The ring-necked pheasant (Phasianus colchicus) was introduced into North America from Asia and is established over much of the continent, especially in agricultural lands. The adult is about twenty to twenty-eight inches long and has a wingspan of 22 to 34 inches. It weighs just over a pound. The male has a red eye patch, brilliant green head, and usually a white neck ring. Its body is patterned in soft brown and iridescent russet. The female is a mottled sandy brown, with a shorter tail. Adults feed on berries, seeds, buds, and leaves.


Linn’s U.S. Stamp Yearbook 1988

Scott 2005 Specialized Catalogue of U.S. Stamps and Covers (

Cornell Lab of Ornithology, All About Birds (

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