2021 55¢ Missouri Statehood
Value: 55¢ 1-ounce First-class rate (Forever)
Issue Date: August 10, 2021
First Day City: Jefferson City, MO
Type of Stamp: Commemorative
Printed by: Banknote Corporation of America
Printing Method: Offset, Microprint
Format: Pane of 20
Quantity Printed: 18,000,000
On August 10, 1821, Missouri became the 24th state in the Union. The territory had originally been acquired as part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase which was later divided up. In 2021, the United States Postal Service celebrated the 200th anniversary of Missouri's statehood on a Forever stamp.
Throughout history, Missouri has become well-known for a number of things. It is home to the city of St. Louis, the scenic Ozarks, and, of course, the Missouri River. Missouri (along with Tennessee) is bordered by more states than any other – a total of eight. Because of its location, Missouri played a big role in the exploration and settlement of the West. The Pony Express, Oregon Trail, Santa Fe Trail, and California Trail all started in Missouri. Today, its important role in westward expansion is honored by the St. Louis Gateway Arch.
Over the years, Missouri has absorbed elements of both Midwestern and Southern cultures. This has led to an ecclectic mix of music, culinary traditions (think Kansas City and St. Louis style barbeque), and more. Missouri is also known for being a major brewing state and is home to America's largest beer producer, Anheuser-Busch. Ultimately, whether you're looking for good food and music, beautiful scenery, or fascinating history, Missouri is the perfect state to visit.