Arago: 4-cent Lajos Kossuth

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4-cent Lajos Kossuth

Two stamps issued on September 19, 1958, honored Lajos Kossuth (1802-1894) as the third person featured in the Champions of Liberty series that honored men who fought for freedom in their homelands and offered a counterpoint to the totalitarianism of the Soviet Union. The ceremony, held at the Department of Interior Building in Washington, DC, featured delegations of prominent Hungarians, the postmaster general, and Vice President Nixon.

Lajos Kossuth, a Hungarian radical who fought for Hungarian independence, served briefly as president of an an independent Hungary in 1849. The regime quickly collapsed, and in 1851 he fled to the United States.

The 4-cent Kossuth stamps were perforated 10 1/2 x 11 and were printed on the rotary Cottrell press from 280-subject engraved plates. Each 280-subject sheet was cut into four panes of seventy stamps for distribution to post offices. Four plates were used: 26124, 26125, 26126, and 26127.

William K. Schrage of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing modeled both the 4-cent and 8-cent Kossuth stamps after a photograph of Kossuth furnished by the American Hungarian Federation. Both were based, as were all the stamps in the series, on the previously issued Magsaysay commemorative (US Scott 1096).

Richard M. Bower, John S. Edmondson, and Howard F. Sharpless of the Bureau of Engraving and Printing engraved the 4-cent Kossuth stamp.

Reference:

Linn's World Stamp Almanac. Sidney, Ohio: Amos Press, 2000.


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