#1292 – 1968 40c Prominent Americans: Thomas Paine

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U.S. #1292
40¢ Thomas Paine
Prominent Americans Series
 
Issue Date: January 29, 1968
City: Philadelphia, PA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:
Rotary Press
Color: Blue black
 
Prominent Americans Series
The Prominent Americans Series recognizes people who played important roles in U.S. history. Officials originally planned to honor 18 individuals, but later added seven others. The Prominent Americans Series began with the 4¢ Lincoln stamp, which was issued on November 10, 1965. During the course of the series, the 6¢ Eisenhower stamp was reissued with an 8¢ denomination and the 5¢ Washington was redrawn.
 
A number of technological changes developed during the course of producing the series, resulting in a number of varieties due to gum, luminescence, precancels and perforations plus sheet, coil and booklet formats. Additionally, seven rate changes occurred while the Prominent Americans Series was current, giving collectors who specialize in first and last day of issue covers an abundance of collecting opportunities.
 
The 40¢ Prominent Americans stamp pictures Thomas Paine. An Englishman, Paine (1737-1809) came to America after meeting Benjamin Franklin. He joined Franklin in Philadelphia, and soon became an editor of Pennsylvania Magazine. He gained great fame as the publisher of the pamphlet “Common Sense” (1776), which championed American independence. This pamphlet sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months, making it the most widely circulated pamphlet of the time. “Common Sense,” more than any other document, paved the way for the Declaration of Independence.
 
Another pamphlet, “The American Crisis. Number I,” was published while George Washington’s army was enduring the winter hardships of Valley Forge. It began with the famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from service of their country...Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.” The pamphlet was so inspirational that General Washington ordered that it be read to all his troops at Valley Forge.
 
Paine served as a soldier in 1776, and in April 1777, became secretary to the Congressional Committee of Foreign Affairs. He went on to champion liberty and reform in England, which earned him the charge of treason. Paine was departing from the country as the charges were filed, and then participated in the French Revolution, which earned him 10 months in prison. Paine returned to the United States in 1802, and died in New Rochelle, New York.
 
 
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U.S. #1292
40¢ Thomas Paine
Prominent Americans Series
 
Issue Date: January 29, 1968
City: Philadelphia, PA
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method:
Rotary Press
Color: Blue black
 
Prominent Americans Series
The Prominent Americans Series recognizes people who played important roles in U.S. history. Officials originally planned to honor 18 individuals, but later added seven others. The Prominent Americans Series began with the 4¢ Lincoln stamp, which was issued on November 10, 1965. During the course of the series, the 6¢ Eisenhower stamp was reissued with an 8¢ denomination and the 5¢ Washington was redrawn.
 
A number of technological changes developed during the course of producing the series, resulting in a number of varieties due to gum, luminescence, precancels and perforations plus sheet, coil and booklet formats. Additionally, seven rate changes occurred while the Prominent Americans Series was current, giving collectors who specialize in first and last day of issue covers an abundance of collecting opportunities.
 
The 40¢ Prominent Americans stamp pictures Thomas Paine. An Englishman, Paine (1737-1809) came to America after meeting Benjamin Franklin. He joined Franklin in Philadelphia, and soon became an editor of Pennsylvania Magazine. He gained great fame as the publisher of the pamphlet “Common Sense” (1776), which championed American independence. This pamphlet sold more than 500,000 copies in a few months, making it the most widely circulated pamphlet of the time. “Common Sense,” more than any other document, paved the way for the Declaration of Independence.
 
Another pamphlet, “The American Crisis. Number I,” was published while George Washington’s army was enduring the winter hardships of Valley Forge. It began with the famous words, “These are the times that try men’s souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from service of their country...Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered.” The pamphlet was so inspirational that General Washington ordered that it be read to all his troops at Valley Forge.
 
Paine served as a soldier in 1776, and in April 1777, became secretary to the Congressional Committee of Foreign Affairs. He went on to champion liberty and reform in England, which earned him the charge of treason. Paine was departing from the country as the charges were filed, and then participated in the French Revolution, which earned him 10 months in prison. Paine returned to the United States in 1802, and died in New Rochelle, New York.