2014 49¢ Nevada Statehood
This stamp was issued to commemorate the 150th anniversary of Nevada’s statehood.
Established in 1861, Nevada Territory provided vast silver and gold resources for the Union’s Civil War effort. A few years later, the South lay in shambles and its defeat seemed certain. But President Abraham Lincoln’s 1864 re-election was not. Aware Nevada’s residents heavily favored Lincoln, his administration raced to grant Nevada statehood in time for Election Day.
The people of Nevada approved the concept of statehood but rejected a state constitution in January 1864. After amendments were made, voters approved the constitution in September. Only days before the election, the 175-page document was telegraphed to Lincoln at a cost equal to more than $60,000 in today’s wages. Lincoln granted Nevada statehood on October 31st and easily won re-election eight days later. Ironically, circumstances had changed by then and Nevada’s electoral votes were not needed.
A century and a half later, Nevada is a diverse state with libertarian laws. The majority of the population is concentrated around Las Vegas and Reno, cities famous for gambling, quick marriages, and easy divorces. But a number of people live in rural areas, relying on rugged individuality and fierce independence to continue the mining and ranching traditions begun by Nevada’s settlers.
The oil painting used for the stamp was created by Ron Spears. It pictures Fire Canyon at dawn.
49¢ Nevada Statehood, issued to satisfy the first-class mail rate
Issue Date: May 29, 2014
City: Las Vegas, NV, at the Smith Center for Performing Arts
Printed By: Banknote Corporation of America for Sennett Security Products
Printing Method: Lithographed in sheets of 240 with 12 panes of 20 per sheet
Perforations: Serpentine Die Cut 10 ¾