The Bill of Rights

United States - Scott #2421 (1989)
United States – Scott #2421 (1989)

On Decebember 15, 1791, the Virginia General Assembly ratified the first ten amendments to the United States Constitution. These are collectively known as the Bill of Rights. I previously wrote about the background of this ratification and briefly described each amendment last year on the holiday known as Bill of Rights Day. As it is late on a Friday afternoon and a busy day at work, today’s entry is simply a brief description of the stamp pictured above.

Scott #2421 is a 25-cent stamp designed by Lou Nolan and printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing usibg lithography and engraving on the D press. It was sold in sheets of fifty, perforated 11, with a total quantity of 191,860,000 printed. Released on September 25, 1989, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the stamp commemorates the bicentennial of the date on which the U.S. House and Senate met in Congress Hall to ratify ten proposals, known today as the Bill of Rights. Drafted by James Madison, “Father of the Constitution,” they guaranteed every American citizen specific personal liberties, including freedom of speech and religion, the right to a fair and speedy trial, and protection from illegal search and seizure. This was the fifth stamp released in the Constitution Series in 1989.

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