July the fourth is celebrated by Americans worldwide as Independence Day, commemorating the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 and the birth of the United States of America. There have been a great many stamps issued over the years honoring this event — and others in American history, both by the U.S. and numerous other nations. Personally, my favorite is the strip of four portraying John Trumbell’s iconic painting of the signing (Scott #1691-94), released in Philadelphia on July 4, 1976. Oddly, I no longer have a copy — something I will need to rectify in the near future.
For this Independence Day, I present the 150 lira value in a set of three (Scott #885-887) issued by the tiny republic of San Marino in May 1976 to commemorate the American Bicentennial. There are few symbols of the United States that inspire me as much as the Statue of Liberty, although I’ve only ever seen it in person from the air!