Arago: Champion of Liberty Issue

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Champion of Liberty Issue

The 8-cent Champion of Liberty stamp was issued in honor of Ramon Magsaysay, the former president of the Philippines, through the Washington, DC, post office on August 31, 1957.

Designed by Arnold Copeland, Ervine Metzl, and William H. Buckley, the stamps' central subject is a medallion printed in golden ocher on which is depicted the head of Roman Magsaysay encircled by the descriptive wording "Ramon Magsaysay President of the Philippines 1953-1957." The medallion is suspended from a red, white, and blue ribbon, which forms the Victory 'V.' Directly above the medallion is the torch of Liberty in red, behind two crossed sprays of leaves in blue. The words "Champion of Liberty" form the top of the stamp and "United States Postage" the bottom, both drawn in modified Gothic and printed in red. The denomination "8c" is shown in the lower right corner, printed in blue.

The stamp was printed on pre-gummed paper on the Giori press and issued in panes of forty-eight stamps each. An initial printing of 40 million stamps was authorized.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (August 8, 1957)


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