Statue of Liberty
She has stood at the entrance to New York harbor since 1886, cradling a tablet bearing the inscription "July 4th, 1776" in one arm and holding high a torch in the other. Officially named Liberty Enlightening the World, the Statue of Liberty was presented to the United States as a gift from France in 1886 in recognition of the first centennial of the United States and the friendship established during the two countries during the American Revolution. Since the monument was unveiled, the Statue of Liberty has ennobled the millions who have entered America through the port of New York in search of a new life. This towering symbol of democracy and human freedom provides constant reassurance that in the United States, all are equal under the law and that rights will always be respected and guarded.
The remarkable craftsmanship of this stamp ingot does stunning justice to the world’s most recognized symbol of freedom and democracy. The stamp was issued in 1922 and was the first in history to feature the Statue of Liberty. Since then, the image has appeared on numerous stamps.