Stamp Announcement 21-25: Missouri Statehood Stamp


On August 10, 2021, in Jefferson City, MO, the United States Postal Service® will issue the Missouri Statehood stamp (Forever® priced at the First-Class Mail® rate) in one design, in a pressure-sensitive adhesive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 481100). This stamp will go on sale nationwide August 10, 2021, and must not be sold or canceled before the first-day-of-issue.

This stamp celebrates the bicentennial of Missouri statehood. Missouri became the 24th state in the Union on August 10, 1821. The stamp art is a photograph taken of Bollinger Mill State Historic Site. The photo shows the multi-story mill, which dates to the Civil War period, as well as the Burfordville Covered Bridge, Missouri’s oldest covered bridge and one of only four that remain in the state. Noted landscape photographer Charles Gurche, who took this shot, began his photography career in Missouri. Art director Greg Breeding designed the stamp with an existing photograph by Gurche.

Availability to Post Offices: Item 481100, Missouri Statehood (Forever Priced at the First-Class Mail Rate) PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp Fulfillment Services will make an automatic push distribution to Post Offices (in Missouri only) of a quantity to cover approximately 30 days of sales. Distribution quantities for the automatic push distribution are available by logging on to SFS Web at Post Offices may begin ordering stamps before the first-day-of-issue through SFS Web. However, offices must check the website noted above to determine the amount they will receive on their automatic push distribution.

How to Order the First-Day-of-Issue Postmark

Customers have 120 days to obtain the first-day-of-issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™ or at The Postal Store® website at They must affix the stamps to envelopes

of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

FDOI – Missouri Statehood Stamp
USPS Stamp Fulfillment Services
8300 NE Underground Drive, Suite 300
Kansas City, MO 64144-9900

After applying the first-day-of-issue postmark, the Postal Service™ will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark up to a quantity of 50. There is a 5-cent charge for each additional postmark over 50. All orders must be postmarked by December 10, 2021.

How to Order First-Day Covers

The Postal Service also offers first-day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first-day-of-issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the USA Philatelic catalog and online at Customers may register to receive a free USA Philatelic catalog online at

Locally produced items are not authorized. Only merchandise that has been approved and assigned an item number by Headquarters Retail Marketing may be produced and sold.



Missouri Statehood Stamp

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

First-Class Mail Forever


Pane of 20 (1 design)



Issue Date & City:

August 10, 2021, Jefferson City, MO 65101

Art Director:

Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA


Greg Breeding, Charlottesville, VA

Existing Photo:

Charles Gurche


Sandra Lane / Michelle Finn

Manufacturing Process:

Offset, Microprint


Banknote Corporation of America

Press Type:

Gallus RCS

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

18,000,000 stamps

Paper Type:

Phosphor, Block Tag

Adhesive Type:



Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x 0.84 in. / 36.068 x 21.336 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x 0.98 in. / 39.624 x 24.892 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.92 in. / 183.896 x 150.368 mm

Press Sheets Size (w x h):

11.84 x 21.72 in. / 300.736 X 551.688 mm

Plate Size:

120 stamps per revolution

Plate Number:

“B” followed by four (4) single digits in all corners

Marginal Markings:


Plate number in all corners


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