CHEYENNE — Wyoming's familiar bison flag will be the subject of a new stamp from the United States Postal Service, available Aug. 17.
The public is invited to attend a dedication ceremony with Gov. Matt Mead and postal officials at the Wyoming State Museum Aug. 23 at 2 p.m. A special Wyoming pictorial Flag Stamp postmark and souvenir collector envelope will be available to the public at the event.
"With the release of this impressive stamp we pay homage to the majesty of our state's flag," said Wyoming Postal Operations Manager Gary Sims, who will also be at the ceremony.
The stamp portrays the bison flag flying next to another proud Wyoming animal: the bighorn sheep. It will only be sold as part of the Flags of Our Nation set, which comes as a roll of 50 "forever stamps" that will always mail a first-class letter no matter what rate hikes USPS has observed. The set is the final issuance in the series, which began in 2007, and contains stamps for state flags from Texas through Wyoming. The set will sell for the standard first-class price of $0.45 each for a total of $22.50. The Wyoming flag stamp cannot be purchased by itself. It only comes as part of the larger set.
A stamp-collecting group, the American Philatelic Society, said many people consider stamp collecting an investment, though it does not promote the attitude.
"As stamps are miniature works of art, it's nearly impossible to collect them without gaining a large amount of knowledge," their website reads. "Stamps also usually provide a much greater return on your investment than other hobbies. While you might not get back more than you invest, how much return can you get on your golf scorecard?"
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