The 5-cent stamp marking the 150th anniversary of Mississippi statehood was first placed on sale on December 11, 1967, at Natchez, Mississippi, the first territorial capital.
Andrew Bucci, a native of Vicksburg, Mississippi, designed the stamp, which featured an image of Mississippi's state flower. The brownish magnolia is shown against a light blue-green background.
The stamp was printed on the Giori press, green-blue being applied in the first pass; brown of the flower and green of the leaves, in the second.
The stamp was issued in panes of 100, with an initial printing of 120 million.
Postal Bulletin (November 16, 1967).