The Marshall Islands, a former United States-administered trust territory in the Pacific, issued a pane of 15 stamps marking the 200th anniversary of The Star-Spangled Banner, written by Francis Scott Key in 1814.
The stamps in the pane, all denominated 49¢, show different historic versions of the American flag, from the Continental Colors flag of 1775 to the flag implanted on the moon in 1969.
Inscribed in the selvage above the stamps are the words “The Stars and Stripes.”
Shown nearby is the stamp from the the midle of the pane. It pictures Key witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry in Baltimore Sept. 13, 1814, which inspired him to write a poem. Originally called Defence of Fort M’Henry, the poem waslater retitled The Star-Spangled Banner.
Dennis Lyall designed the stamp pane. It was printed by Pioneer Printing of Cheyenne, Wyo.
Unicover Corp., also of Cheyenne, is the new-issue agent for the Marshall Islands. The website is www.unicover.com.