USS Constitution to Set Sail on 2012 Forever Stamp

August 25, 2011

In 2012, the U.S. Postal Service will issue a stamp featuring USS Constitution, the most famous ship of the War of 1812.

With this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812, a two-and-a-half year conflict with Great Britain that many Americans later came to view as the nation’s “Second War of Independence.”

For the stamp design, the Postal Service selected a long-admired painting of the famed USS Constitution by Michele Felice Cornè, circa 1803. Constitution acquired the nickname “Old Ironsides” during a victorious battle with a ship of the Royal Navy at the beginning of the War of 1812. The majestic warship, which is today docked at the historic Charlestown Navy Yard, became a symbol of the young nation’s naval power and fierce independence. Today “Old Ironsides” is the oldest commissioned warship afloat in the world and is manned by a crew of active duty U.S. Navy sailors. She was officially designated “America’s Ship of State” in 2009.

Greg Breeding served as art director and designer for the project.

The War of 1812: USS Constitution is being issued as a Forever stamp. Forever stamps are always equal in value to the current First-Class Mail one-ounce rate.

  • Jmcmenamin

    The stamp will be released in the Charlestown Navy Yard on August 18th, 2011 at 10 AM and the original painting by Corne will be on view at the USS Constitution Museum.  The NEW Old Ironsides War of 1812 Discovery Center will open at the Museum in spring 2012, just in time for this commemoration.

  • Elizabeth L. Kortum

    I think that sailing ships are the most beautiful things.  This is probably why I have painted a mural in my foyer, livingroom and diningroom of the sky, clouds and several sailing ships.  Although I have not finished the mural due to leukemia, I hope one day to finally finish this artwork.  I will inquire at my local postoffice for these magnificent stamps.  Thank-you 1812 for informing us of the stamp.

  • Jcsaylor

    When is the War of 1812 postage stamp available everywhere? My post office did not have any idea it existed, and it was not in their stamp brochure.

  • Jcsaylor

    My post office never got the stamps in, nor any of the historical stamps. I asked several times. The clerk looked in the book, and the stamps were not there.