This 5-cent stamp marking the anniversary of the Magna Carta, the basis of English and American common law, was first placed on sale through the Jamestown, Virginia, post office on June 15, 1965.
Designed by Brook Temple, the stamp visually communicates the first successful challenge of the divine right of kings. The subordinate position of the crown indicates the triumph of the people in their quest for representation under the law.
This stamp was printed on the Giori press and issued in panes of fifty. An initial printing of 112 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (May 13, 1965).