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Illinois Statehood - 1818


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Name Value
Date of Issue March 5, 2018
Year 2018
Quantity 25,000,000
First-Class Mail, Forever
Denomination Value $0.50
Perforation or Dimension 0.98 x 1.56 in./24.89 x 39.62 mm
Series Statehood
Series Time Span 1996 - 2018
Issue Location Springfield, IL 62703
Postal Administration United States

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Pane of 20 (1 Design)

Quantity Produced - 1,250,000
Original Purchase Price: $10.00
SKU: 477104
Dimension: 5.92 x 7.24 in./150.37 x 183.90 mm
Printer: Banknote Corporation of America
Printed at: Browns Summit, NC
Printing Process: Offset, Microprint
Gum Type: Pressure-sensitive
Paper: Phosphor Tagged Paper, Overall Tag
Layout Number: B followed by seven (7) single digits
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About Stamp

On March 5, 2018, in Springfield, IL, the U.S. Postal Service® will issue the Illinois Statehood First-Class Mail® stamp (Forever® priced at 50 cents) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps. The stamp will go on sale nationwide March 5, 2018.

Illinois became the 21st state in the Union on December 3, 1818, and celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018.

The stamp art is a graphic illustration commemorating Illinois statehood. An outline of the state map contains a series of yellow beams radiating upward like the rays of a rising sun. The colors on the map begin at the bottom with a deep yellow, which represents the sun. The color fades upwards to pale yellow and then into pale blue, with increasingly deeper blues rising to the top of the map; the yellows and blues reflect the dawning of a new day as the state joins the Union. At the top of the stamp twenty stars, ten on each side of the map, are arranged in triangular patterns, reminiscent of the state's centennial flag. The stars represent the first 20 states in the Union; the rising sun symbolizes the new state's place on the American flag as the 21st star.

Nicknamed the Prairie State, a good part of Illinois is flat. The southernmost area has a gently sloping landscape, and the rolling hills in the northwestern corner include the state’s highest point, Charles Mound, at 1,235 feet above sea level. Springfield is the state capital.

Chicago, the state's largest city—the third largest in the U.S.—is a cultural and financial center with museums and architecture, music and theater that are internationally renowned. Other Illinois communities boast their own cultural and historic institutions. Oak Park, home of the pioneering architect Frank Lloyd Wright, contains much of his early work. Other landmarks and historic sites dot the state. The restored village of New Salem, where President Abraham Lincoln lived from 1831 to 1837, the home of President Ulysses S. Grant in Galena, and the Lincoln Home in Springfield are notable historic sites.

Tourism is an important part of the Illinois economy. Forest preserves, wildlife areas, museums, historic sites, gardens, architecture tours, professional and amateur sports, theater, and much more await visitors to Illinois. In addition to these attractions, the state is home to a thriving arts-and-crafts community.

The state was the birthplace of some of America’s most important cultural figures, including Miles Davis, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Jane Addams, Ronald Reagan, Jack Benny, Wild Bill Hickok, Walt Disney, Ernest Hemingway, Lorraine Hansberry, Carl Sandburg, and Native American leader Black Hawk.

Illinois artist Michael Konetzka designed the stamp and created the artwork. Antonio Alcalá was the project's art director.


Cool Gray 5, Cool Gray 7, Pantone 431, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black


Designer: Michael Konetzka, Chicago IL.
Art Director: Antonio Alcal√°, Alexandria, VA.
Typographer: Michael Konetzka, Chicago IL.
Artist: Michael Konetzka, Chicago IL.
Modeler: Sandra Lane/Michelle Finn.

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