1998 1¢ Marquette on the Mississippi
Issue Date: June 18, 1998
City: Anaheim, CA
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Lithographed, engraved
Perforations: 12 x 12.4
The First Day Cover features the new version of the 1¢ Marquette on the Mississippi stamp.
The 1¢ Trans-Mississippi Exposition stamp pictures Father Jacques Marquette preaching to a group of Native Americans. The design is based on a William Lamprecht painting owned by Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Marquette (1637-1675) was a French Jesuit missionary and the founder of Michigan’s first European settlement, Sault Ste. Marie. In 1673, Marquette and Louis Jolliet were the first explorers to map the northern portion of the Mississippi River.
The souvenir sheet was issued to honor the 100th anniversary of the issuance of the Trans-Mississippi commemoratives.
The Trans-Mississippi Exposition was held in Omaha, Nebraska, June 1 through November 1, 1898. Its goal was to further the progress and development of resources west of the Mississippi.
To publicize this event, a set of nine commemorative stamps was issued. Each was printed in a single color and featured an engraving depicting a different Western scene.
The original intent for the 1898 issues was to print them in two colors. However, due to the Spanish-American War and the increased demand for revenue stamps, resources were re-allocated and the stamps were printed in one color. The 1998 issues have been printed in two colors, using the only existing original bi-color dies.