23c Washington stamp

United States Postal Service2002-06-07

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
Washington, DC, United States

The George Washington postcard rate definitive stamp was first issued in a 20-cent denomination on February 22, 2001. The stamp eventually became available in numerous formats (coils, panes, booklets; self-stick and water-activated adhesives) produced by several different printing firms. The stamp was designed and illustrated by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona. The stamp art is based on a black and white photograph of a bust of George Washington by Jean-Antoine Houdon. The bust — which is signed and dated 1785 — is on display at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate in Virginia.

Reference: Postal Bulletin (August 23, 2001)

Scott Catalogue USA: 3616

Copyright United States Postal Service. All rights reserved.

Museum ID: 2002.2022.173.99


  • Title: 23c Washington stamp
  • Creator: United States Postal Service
  • Date Created: 2002-06-07
  • Medium: paper; ink (green); adhesive

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