Hispanic Subjects on United States Postage Stamps


The first U.S. stamp to portray Hispanic subjects was the fifteen-cent Landing of Columbus stamp issued in 1869, which pictured a group of Spanish explorers standing next to Christopher Columbus.  In addition to being one of the first pictorial stamps issued, the Landing of Columbus stamp was the first bicolored stamp (red and blue). 

The first stamp specifically to honor a Hispanic American was the one-dollar David G. Farragut stamp issued in 1903.  Since then, many stamps have been issued to honor Hispanics and their contributions.  Below is a list of those stamps along with their denomination and date of issue. 

The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps lists all U.S. postage stamps and provides other useful information, including illustrations.  The Guide can be found in some bookstores and Post Offices, ordered by calling 1-800-STAMP-24, or purchased through the Postal Store at www.usps.com/shop.

Subject

Denomination

Date Issued

Landing of Columbus

15¢

April 2, 1869 (earliest known use)

Columbian Exposition (16 designs)

1¢ - $5

January 2, 1893

David G. Farragut

$1

June 5, 1903

Panama Pacific Exposition (4 designs)

1, 2, 5 and 10¢

January 1, 1913

Texas Centennial (the Alamo)

March 2, 1936

Navy: David G. Farragut and David D. Porter, Hartford and Powhatan

February 18, 1937

Territorial: Puerto Rico

November 25, 1937

Panama Canal

August 15, 1939

Famous Americans, Composers: John Philip Sousa

May 3, 1940

Pan American Union

April 14, 1940

Coronado Expedition

September 7, 1940

Puerto Rico Election

April 27, 1949

Gadsden Purchase

December 30, 1953

Liberty: The Alamo

June 14, 1956

Simon Bolivar (2 designs)

4 and 8¢

July 24, 1958

José de San Martin (2 designs)

4 and 8¢

February 25, 1959

Liberty: Palace of Governors

1 ¼ ¢

June 17, 1960

Mexican Independence

September 16, 1960

Alliance for Progress

August 17, 1963

Settlement of Florida

August 28, 1965

California Settlement

July 16, 1969

San Juan, Puerto Rico

September 12, 1971

Historic Preservation: San Xavier del Bac Mission

October 29, 1971

First Civil Settlement, Alta, California

13¢

September 9, 1977

General Bernardo de Galvez, Battle of Mobile

15¢

July 23, 1980

Ponce de León

20¢

October 12, 1982

American Sports Personalities: Roberto Clemente

20¢

August 17, 1984

Hispanic Americans

20¢

October 31, 1984

Junipero Serra

44¢

August 22, 1985

Great Americans: Luis Muñoz Marin, Governor, Puerto Rico

February 18, 1990

Great Americans: Dennis Chavez, United States Senator

35¢

April 3, 1991

World Columbian Stamp Expo

29¢

January 24, 1992

First Voyage of Columbus (4 designs)

29¢

April 24, 1992

The Voyages of Columbus (16 designs on 6 sheets)

1¢ - $5

May 22, 1992

Juan Rodríguez Cabrillo

29¢

September 28, 1992

Legends of Music, Rock & Roll/Rhythm & Blues: Ritchie Valens

29¢

June 16, 1993

Columbus Landing in Puerto Rico

29¢

November 19, 1993

Civil War: David Farragut

32¢

June 29, 1995

Padre Félix Varela

32¢

September 1, 1997

Celebrate the Century, 1910s: Panama Canal Opens

32¢

February 3, 1998

Cinco de Mayo

32¢

April 16, 1998

Spanish Settlement of the Southwest

32¢

July 11, 1998

Celebrate the Century, 1950s: "I Love Lucy" (Desi Arnaz)

33¢

May 26, 1999

Cinco de Mayo

33¢

April 27, 1999

Legends of Baseball: Roberto Clemente

33¢

July 6, 2000

Artists: Frida Kahlo

34¢

June 21, 2001

Cesar E. Chavez

37¢

April 23, 2003

American Treasures: New Mexico Rio Grande Blankets (4 designs, including Spanish and Mexican)

37¢

July 30, 2005

Let's Dance/Bailemos (4 designs)

37¢

September 17, 2005

Madonna and Child with Bird, by Ignacio Chacón

39¢

October 17, 2006

Mendez v. Westminster

41¢

September 14, 2007

American Journalists: Ruben Salazar

42¢

April 22, 2008

Latin Jazz

42¢

August 8, 2008

Literary Arts: Julia de Burgos

44¢

September 14, 2010

Since 2011, all commemorative stamps for the First-Class Mail one-ounce rate have been Forever stamps, equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce price. The value given in parentheses was the price of the stamp when first issued.

Subject

Denomination

Date Issued

Latin Music Legends: Tito Puente 

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: Carmen Miranda

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: Selena

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: Carlos Gardel

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

Latin Music Legends: Celia Cruz

(44¢)

March 16, 2011

American Scientists: Severo Ochoa, Biochemist

(44¢)

June 16, 2011

Carmel Mission (Express Mail®) 

$18.95

February 28, 2012

José Ferrer

(45¢)

April 26, 2012

Innovative Choreographers: José Limón

(45¢)

July 28, 2012

Music Icons: Lydia Mendoza

(46¢)

May 15, 2013

Celebrity Chefs: Felipe Rojas-Lombardi

(49¢)

September 26, 2014

Martín Ramírez (5 designs)

(49¢)

March 26, 2015

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Image of the one-dollar David G. Farragut stamp, issued in 1903.

The one-dollar David G. Farragut stamp, issued in 1903, was the first U.S. postage stamp to honor a Hispanic American.