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The Betsy Ross 3¢ stamp with U.S. Flag

3 cent stamp with Betsy RossThis stamp was issued in 1952 to commemorate the 200th birthday of Betsy Ross. Unless more documentation is found, the debate about who constructed the “first” flag will continue.

Was it Betsy Ross? Francis Hopkinson? Mr. Hopkinson has official federal records on his side, and Ms. Ross has more than 200 years of anecdotal history on hers.

Birth of Our Nation’s FlagThe engraving for this stamp came from the 1892 painting by Charles Weisgerber titled “Birth of Our Nation’s Flag.” Restored in 2000, today the painting is on display at the Pennsylvania state capitol in Harrisburg.

4 thoughts on “The Betsy Ross 3¢ stamp with U.S. Flag

  1. What is a full sheet of the Betsy Ross Stamp worth

  2. Hi Mr. Hayes.

    Hard for me to say what the stamps might be worth. I have the 33rd edition of The Postal Service Guide to U.S. Stamps (2006), and it shows that an unused stamp in mint condition is worth 20c. I did a quick Google search and found a block plate of four stamps for sale for $1.50.

    I don’t collect stamps myself, but started writing about flags on stamps because it was interesting to me. However, I must admit, the urge to collect these stamps—ones with the U.S. flag on them, or state flags—is growing.

    Thank you for writing,
    Deborah Hendrick

  3. hi I have 39 of betsy ross and women in ourarmed sev and many more of stamps

  4. The anecdotal history supporting the Betsy Ross claim did not go back 200 years as of June 1, 2007, when this page was posted. In 2007, the claim went back only 137 years to 1870, when Betsy Ross’ grandson, William Canby, gave a speech first publicly supporting the Ross legend before the Pennsylvania Historical Society. As of 2019, scholars agree on two things: (1) Francis Hopkinson designed the first official U.S. flag and (2) Betsy Ross sewed “ship’s colours” — blue naval ensigns and narrow red naval pennants — for the Pennsylvania navy during the American Revolution. Afterwards, Mrs. Ross and her family business did make U.S. flags for 50 years. And she did have the unique ability to make a five-pointed star with one snip of the scissors. Francis Hopkinson actually designed two Stars and Stripes flags: (1) one for the United States with 7 white stripes and 6 red stripes and (2) one for the U.S. Navy with the opposite — 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes for better visibility at sea. Ironically, Hopkinson’s naval flag became the preferred National flag. See the Wikipedia articles on Francis Hopkinson and Betsy Ross for more information.

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