Arago: Drafting Of The Constitution Bicentennial Issue

Drafting Of The Constitution Bicentennial Issue

The US Postal Service issued the Drafting of the Constitution booklet in Washington, DC, on August 28, 1987. The booklet contained four identical panes of five 22-cent stamps each.

The top stamp on each pane, the one attached to the booklet selvage, features the words, "The Bicentennial of the Constitution of the United States of America." "Preamble, U.S. Constitution" is printed across the bottom of the remaining four designs, with the fifty-two words to the Preamble divided among the four stamps.

The Constitution is the fundamental law of the United States of America, drafted by the delegates to the Constitutional Convention between May 25 and September 17, 1787. On September 8, the Committee on Style received a rough document. Pennsylvania delegate Gouverneur Morris led in polishing the language. On September 17, the finished Constitution was engrossed and signed "By the unanimous consent of the States present."

The US Constitution is the world's oldest written constitution still in effect. The document presents a set of principles that led to implementing statues and codes. As such, it embodies the essence of constitutionality — that government must be confined by the rule of law.

Designed by Bradbury Thompson, the stamps were printed in the photogravure process and issued in panes of five stamps.


Postal Bulletin (August 20, 1987).

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