Arago: 5-cent Signing of the Compact

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5-cent Signing of the Compact

A painting by American artist Edwin White (1817-1877) inspired the image for the final denomination of the Pilgrim Tercentenary Issue. The signing of the Mayflower Compact was the first major political event of American history.

Patrons commonly used the 5-cent stamp with other denominations to fulfill large weight and foreign destination rates. Approximately 11 million of these 5-cent stamps were printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing and issued to the public.


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