Postage Stamp - United States - 1965


Postage Stamp - United States - 1965


Postage Stamp


United States

Date Issued



This postage stamp was issued by the United States to commemorate the 700th anniversary of Dante's birth. The stamp was designed by American artist Douglas W. Gorsline and features a portrait of Dante holding a book labeled "Dante"; in the background is a city and above the poet is an angel holding a banner on which is "700th ANNIVERSARY". Gorsline's portrait was inspired by the anonymous 16th-century "Allegorical Portrait of Dante" in the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The stamp was printed by the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing.
Denomination: 5 ¢ (0.05 USD)
Perforation: 10 ½ × 11 (line)
Printing process: Rotogravure
Print run: 112,000,000 authorized; 115,340,000 issued

Plate number report:

Plate # 28108 Printed: June 21, 1965 - Units printed: 158,945
Plate # 28109 Printed: June 21, 1965 - Units printed: 158,946
Plate # 28110 Printed: June 23, 1965 - Units printed: 156,163
Plate # 28111 Printed: June 23, 1965 - Units printed: 156,163

All of the plates were certified on June 10, 1965, and retired from further use on December 16, 1966. Source: Larson, John L. and Kim D. Johnson, comps. Bureau Issues Association Plate Number Checklist: Plates 20000–41303. Belleville, Illinois: Bureau Issues Association, Inc., 1990.


40 × 25 mm

Bibliographic Citation

Michel no. 884
Scott no. 1268
Cook, Christopher D. The 1965 United States Dante Stamp. Columbus, Ohio: Silver Anchor Press, 2017.
De Vito, Anthony J., "The First Hundred Years of the Dante Society," Dante Studies 100 (1982): 110, 123–132.
"'Hell' to Be on New U.S. Stamp," COROS Chronicle 101 (April 1965): 26.


Douglas W. Gorsline
Bureau of Engraving and Printing (Washington, D.C.)