2020 First-Class Forever Stamp,Statehood: Maine Bicentennial

# 5456 - 2020 First-Class Forever Stamp - Statehood: Maine Bicentennial

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US #5456
2020 Maine Statehood

• Honors the 200th anniversary of Maine’s statehood

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  March 15, 2020
First Day City:  Augusta, Maine
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the bicentennial of Maine becoming the 23rd state in the Union.

About the stamp design:  Pictures the painting Sea at Ogunquit (1914) by American artist Edward Hopper.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The First Day of Issue Postmark was from Augusta, Maine.

History the stamp represents:  At the beginning of America’s history, Maine was a territory often fought over by Loyalists and Patriots. In fact, it was not until the War of 1812 ended that Maine was officially surrendered to the United States. At that time, the territory became part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1820, Maine voted to become its own separate entity, and on March 15, was admitted as the 23rd state in the Union.

The USPS recognized the 200th anniversary of Maine’s statehood in 2020 with a new Forever stamp. The design featured an oil painting by noted American Realist artist Edward Hopper. Hopper was inspired by the rocky coastlines of New England and spent much of his life painting what he saw there.

Today, Maine is a state most known for its rugged natural beauty. The northernmost state easy of the Great Lakes is home to vast pine forests, the granite mountains of Acadia National Park, and, of course, its picturesque coastlines. All of these features draw millions of people to Maine each year. Whether you want to enjoy a summer day at the beach, a hike through the woods, or even a snowy ski trip, Maine has it all. It’s nicknamed “Vacationland” for a good reason.

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US #5456
2020 Maine Statehood

• Honors the 200th anniversary of Maine’s statehood

Stamp Category:  Commemorative
Value:  55¢ First Class Mail Rate (Forever)
First Day of Issue:  March 15, 2020
First Day City:  Augusta, Maine
Quantity Issued:  20,000,000
Printed by:  Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.
Printing Method:  Offset, Microprint
Format:  Panes of 20
Tagging:  Nonphosphored Type III, Block Tag

Why the stamp was issued:  To commemorate the bicentennial of Maine becoming the 23rd state in the Union.

About the stamp design:  Pictures the painting Sea at Ogunquit (1914) by American artist Edward Hopper.

First Day City:  The First Day of Issue Ceremony was cancelled due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. The First Day of Issue Postmark was from Augusta, Maine.

History the stamp represents:  At the beginning of America’s history, Maine was a territory often fought over by Loyalists and Patriots. In fact, it was not until the War of 1812 ended that Maine was officially surrendered to the United States. At that time, the territory became part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In 1820, Maine voted to become its own separate entity, and on March 15, was admitted as the 23rd state in the Union.

The USPS recognized the 200th anniversary of Maine’s statehood in 2020 with a new Forever stamp. The design featured an oil painting by noted American Realist artist Edward Hopper. Hopper was inspired by the rocky coastlines of New England and spent much of his life painting what he saw there.

Today, Maine is a state most known for its rugged natural beauty. The northernmost state easy of the Great Lakes is home to vast pine forests, the granite mountains of Acadia National Park, and, of course, its picturesque coastlines. All of these features draw millions of people to Maine each year. Whether you want to enjoy a summer day at the beach, a hike through the woods, or even a snowy ski trip, Maine has it all. It’s nicknamed “Vacationland” for a good reason.