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Postage Stamp - United States - 1965

Title

Postage Stamp - United States - 1965

Type

Postage Stamp

Coverage

United States

Date Issued

1965-07-17

Description

This postage stamp was issued by the United States to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth. The stamp was designed by American artist Douglas W. Gorsline and features a portrait of Dante holding a book labeled "Dante"; in the background is a city and above the poet is an angel holding a banner on which is "700th ANNIVERSARY". Gorsline's portrait was inspired by the anonymous 16th-century "Allegorical Portrait of Dante" in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The stamp was printed by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Denomination: 5 ¢ (0.05 USD)
Perforation: 10 ½ × 11 (line)
Printing process: Rotogravure
Print run: 112,000,000 authorized; 115,340,000 issued

Plate number report:

Plate # 28108 Printed: June 21, 1965 - Units printed: 158,945
Plate # 28109 Printed: June 21, 1965 - Units printed: 158,946
Plate # 28110 Printed: June 23, 1965 - Units printed: 156,163
Plate # 28111 Printed: June 23, 1965 - Units printed: 156,163

All of the plates were certified on June 10, 1965, and retired from further use on December 16, 1966. Source: Larson, John L. and Kim D. Johnson, comps. Bureau Issues Association Plate Number Checklist: Plates 20000–41303. Belleville, Illinois: Bureau Issues Association, Inc., 1990.

Extent

40 × 25 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 884
Scott no. 1268
De Vito, Anthony J., "The First Hundred Years of the Dante Society," Dante Studies 100 (1982): 110, 123–132.
"'Hell' to Be on New U.S. Stamp," COROS Chronicle 101 (April 1965): 26.

Contributor

Douglas W. Gorsline
Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Washington, D.C.)

Language

English