1976 13¢ Pennsylvania
State Flags Issue
Issue Date: February 23, 1976
City: Washington, DC
Quantity: 8,720,100 panes of 50
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Photogravure
Issued as part of the ongoing Bicentennial celebration, the 13¢ State Flags pane was a first in U.S. history. This was the first time a pane with 50 face-different stamps was issued. Each state is represented by its official flag, with the stamps arranged on the sheet in the same order each state was admitted into the Union.
Pennsylvania State Flag
Pennsylvania's State Flag is composed of a blue field with an embroidered State Coat of Arms. Draft horses are pictured on either side of the coat of arms, with the American eagle resting on the top. The scroll at the bottom reads â€œVirtue, Liberty and Independence.
The first Pennsylvania state flag bearing the state coat of arms was authorized by the general assembly in 1799. In 1907, the flag was standardized in an act that required that the blue field match the blue of "Old Glory".