8¢ Nicolaus Copernicus
Issue Date: April 23, 1973
City: Washington, DC
Printed By: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
Color: Black and orange
Celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Copernicus, the astronomer, with a design based on an 18th century engraving.
Copernicus (1473-1543) was a born in the Kingdom of Poland. His theory that the sun - not the Earth - was the central position in the solar system replaced a theory that had been accepted for several hundred years.