Arago: 25-cent Revere

25-cent Revere

The likeness of Paul Revere is featured on the 25-cent stamp. The image was reproduced from a photoprint of the Gilbert Stuart portrait of 1813 provided by the National Collection of Fine Arts. The stamp was issued at Boston, Massachusetts, on April 18, 1958, on the anniversary of his famous ride.

Paul Revere is best known for his ride from Charlestown to Lexington on April 18, 1775, to warn the people that the British were on the march. This ride was immortalized by Longfellow in his poem “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere.”

Seven years after its initial issuance, the final issue of the Liberty series was the 25-cent Paul Revere in coiled rolls, available on February 25, 1965, at Boston. While most of Liberties went off sale by the mid-1970s, this popular vending machine stamp was removed from sale on April 30, 1987. It was then reissued when the first-class domestic rate went to twenty-five cents in 1988. It has the distinction of being the only U.S. definitive to be reissued two decades after its debut in order to fulfill the need of a newly-established domestic first-class letter rate.

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