Arago: 4-cent Henry Quotation

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4-cent Henry Quotation

The Post Office Department issued the sixth and final stamp of the American Credo Series on January 11, 1961, at Richmond, Virginia. It features the words of Patrick Henry, "Give me liberty or give me death." Henry spoke these now immortal words at the Revolutionary Convention at St. John's Church in Richmond on March 23, 1775. Like the other American Credo stamps, the 4-cent Henry paid the postage for a one-ounce domestic-rate letter.

The Bureau of Engraving and Printing printed the stamp, perforated 11, from 200-subject plates on the multicolor Giori Press. The 200-subject sheets were divided into panes of fifty for distribution to post offices. Four plates were used to print the stamp: 26738, 26741, 26747, and 26752.

Frank P. Conley of New York designed the stamp, and Charles R. Chickering modeled it. Robert J. Jones engraved the die's frame, and Kenneth C. Wiram engraved its vignette.


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