2018 50¢ O Beautiful – Montana Wheatfield
Value: 50¢ 1-ounce First-Class Letter Rate (Forever)
Issue Date: July 4, 2018
First Day City: Colorado Springs, Colorado
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Ashton Potter
Printing Method: Offset
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 60,000,000
Montana is the fourth largest state in the US and the third most sparsely populated. The state is known for its untamed landscapes and lack of big cities and tall buildings. There is very little to interrupt the view of Montana’s beautiful scenery, earning it the nickname “Big Sky Country.”
The western half of Montana is dominated by mountain ranges – over 77 named ranges in total – but the eastern half is full of sprawling prairies. In fact, about 60 percent of Montana is made up of these grasslands. It is here farmers plant golden fields of wheat and other grains that help feed America.
Eastern Montana is where the state’s Big Sky Country’s nickname originated. With very few mountains or trees, the dazzling blue sky stretches for miles without interruption. And because the western mountains block most storms from reaching the east, dark clouds rarely appear overhead.
With all of Montana’s natural beauty, it is no surprise there are many wilderness areas and state and national parks found within its boundaries. These sites bring millions of visitors to Montana every year, boosting its economy and showcasing Big Sky Country to people from around the world. But most importantly, they ensure Montana’s countryside stays protected and undisturbed for years to come.