(C-0177-C-0179) A New Year – A New Century – A New Millennium. It’s not very often you have a New Year’s Day changing not only the year, but the century and millennium as well! To mark the special Y2K celebration, the USPS issued a commemorative stamp and here are three postal covers marking the three days of transition 1) December 27, 1999 – First Day of Issue,December 31, 1999 – Last Day of the old Millennium, and January 1, 2000 – First Day of the new Millennium.
(C-0200) (C-0263) The Stars and Stripes of Old Glory. in 2000, this set of 20 stamps chronicled the development of the American flag from Colonial times to the present. Each flag has an interesting story behind it. For example, the design of the Francis Hopkinson flag was once attributed to Betsy Ross. Historians now believe this often-told tale is untrue. Adopted on June 14, 1777, the birthday of the Hopkinson flag is celebrated each year as Flag Day. This was the first flag to feature both the stars and stripes in its design.
Launched in 1999, the United States Mint’s 50 State Quarters Program was a 10-year initiative that honored each of the nation’s states in the order that they ratified the Constitution or were admitted into the Union. Each quarter was produced for about 10 weeks and will never be produced again. State designs are displayed on the reverse (tails) of the quarters, while the obverse design displays the familiar image of George Washington. But, to accommodate state designs on the reverse, the words “United States of America,” “Quarter Dollar,” “Liberty,” and “In God We Trust” all appear on the obverse with the bust of President George Washington.
Released on August 30, 2004, this is the 29th coin released in the 50 State Quarters Program and the fourth released in 2004. Iowa, admitted into the Union on December 28, 1846, themed the coin Foundation in Education. It highlights a one-room schoolhouse with a teacher and students planting a tree, and the inscriptions Foundation in Education and Grant Wood.
Greetings from Iowa.
(P-0178) (S-0070) (S-0051) (C-0183) In 2002, the U.S. Postal Service picked up on this popular “Greetings” theme and issued a set of 50 stamps with each one offering the familiar phrase from each state. These commemoratives were very popular, so when postage rates changed mid-year, the 34¢ sheet, issued in April, was replaced with a 37¢ sheet in October.
(C-0184) 2008 Iowa State Flag from Flags of Our Nation series. Iowa adopted its state motto, “Our Liberties We Prize, Our Rights We Will Maintain,” in 1847 as part of the great seal. The motto is likely a response to the difficulties that state had establishing statehood.