A 3-cent stamp commemorating the 300th anniversary of the founding of New York City was issued through the New York, New York, post office on November 20, 1953. This special stamp was issued in conjunction with the three-day National Postage Stamp Show, held at the 71st Infantry Regiment Armory and sponsored by the American Stamp Dealers Association.
The overall design of the stamp is the artist's conception of New Amsterdam during the early settlement period, with a Dutch ship anchored in the harbor. Forming the background is a light silhouette of the present-day New York City skyline. In the upper left corner appears the lettering "Postage" in dark Gothic, and directly beneath it appears the denomination "3c" in whiteface modified Roman, and in the upper corner is "USA" in dark Gothic. The wording "300th Anniversary of New York City," in whiteface Gothic is arranged across the bottom of the stamp.
The stamp is 0.84 by 1.44 inches in dimensions, arranged horizontally in a shaded frame, printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in sheets of fifty. The color of the stamp is purple. An initial printing order of 110,000,000 stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (October 29, 1953).