US 1948 Lawyer Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) 3c. Scott. 962

US 1948 Lawyer Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) 3c. Scott. 962

Series: Francis Scott Key Issue

Stamp details: Francis Scott Key and American Flags of 1814 and 1948

Issued date: 09-08-1948 (dd/mm/yyyy)
Face value: 3c.

Emission: Commemorative
Watermark: No Watermark

Catalogue No:-
Scott (USA): 962
Stanley Gibbons (UK): 959
Michel (Germany): 575
Yvert et Tellier (France): 513

Dimensions (height x width):
25mm x 40mm

Printer: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Print Method: Rotary Press

Stamp Colors: Pink
Perforation: Perf 11 x 10

Themes: Famous People, Lawyer, Advocate, Flags, Ship, Fort, Building

Total print: 120,868,500 (estimate)

Description:- Francis Scott Key (1779-1843) was an American lawyer, author, and amateur poet from Frederick, Maryland, who is best known for writing the lyrics for the American national anthem "The Star-Spangled Banner".
Key observed the British bombardment of Fort McHenry in 1814 during the War of 1812. He was inspired upon seeing the American flag still flying over the fort at dawn and wrote the poem "Defence of Fort M'Henry"; it was published within a week with the suggested tune of the popular song "To Anacreon in Heaven". The song with Key's lyrics became known as "The Star-Spangled Banner" and slowly gained in popularity as an unofficial anthem, finally achieving official status more than a century later under President Herbert Hoover as the national anthem.