The 3-cent Louisiana Purchase commemorative stamp was issued through the Saint Louis, Missouri post office on April 30, 1953. The stamp is .84 by 1.44 inches in dimensions, arranged horizontally with a double outline frame, printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of fifty. The color of the stamp is maroon. An initial printing of 110,000,000 stamps was authorized.
The central subject of the stamp is a reproduction of a sculptured plaque by Karl Bitter, depicting James Monroe, Robert R. Livingston, and Francois Barbe Marbois, signing the Louisiana Transfer at Paris in 1803. The figure of Livingston is shown seated between the upright figures of Monroe to the left and Marbois to the right, against a shaded background. In the upper left appears the wording "U.S. Postage." Directly below, arranged in six lines, is the wording "Louisiana Purchase Sesquicentennial 1803-1953." In the upper right, arranged in two lines, is the wording "Three Cents" and the numeral "3." Just below, arranged in five lines is the wording "Signing the Louisiana Transfer Paris 1803." And under this, arranged in four lines, is the wording "Monroe Livingston and Marbois." All inscriptions are in dark architectural roman, with t e exception of the wording "Signing the Louisiana Transfer Paris 1803" which is in dark roman italic.
Postal Bulletin (April 7, 1953).