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13-cent Indiana

The design of the Indiana state flag resulted from a competition sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution during the state's 1916 centennial celebration. Paul Hadley won the competition, and the Indiana General Assembly adopted the flag in 1917. The 13-cent Indiana State Flag stamp (Scott 1651) replicates the flag.

The flag's field is blue with nineteen stars, which is a reference to Indiana's being the nation's nineteenth state, and it has a flaming torch in gold or buff. The flaming torch stands for "liberty and enlightenment." The torch's six rays symbolize the expansive nature of those two concepts.

The thirteen stars of the outer circle represent the thirteen original colonies, and the five stars of the inner circle represent the next five states admitted to the Union. The largest star, positioned at the top of the torch and below the state name, represents Indiana.

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