A 20-cent commemorative stamp honoring the 800th anniversary year of the birth of Francis of Assisi was issued October 7, 1982, in San Francisco, California, the city named in his honor. The First Day of Issue ceremony was held at the M. H. de Young Memorial Museum.
Francis of Assisi was honored for his great humanitarian services. His teachings stressed humility, work, and kindliness toward all living creatures. His worldwide fame stems from the founding of the Franciscan religious order in 1209.
The stamp, designed by Ned Seidler of Washington, DC, and modeled by Richard C. Sennett, was the fifth stamp to be printed by a private company (American Bank Note Company and J. W. Fergusson and Sons). The plate numbering system, as with each stamp produced by a private company beginning with the 1979 John Paul Jones issue, features the letter "A" before the plate number or group of numbers. The stamp was printed in the photogravure process, with fifty stamps per pane.
Postal Bulletin (August 26, 1982).