C246 Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 2006

Issue Date: January 17, 2006

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On January 17, 2006, the Marshall Islands issues nine new stamps commemorating the 300th Anniversary of the birth of Benjamin Franklin.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, on January 17, 1706, Benjamin Franklin learned the printer's trade in his youth and in 1730 became the owner of his own print shop in Philadelphia where he published The Pennsylvania Gazette and Poor Richard's Almanack.

Throughout his life, Franklin was fascinated with the arts and sciences. He established the world's first lending library and helped found the University of Pennsylvania. His numerous inventions included bifocals, the lightning rod and the Franklin Stove -- he also improved farming techniques and America's mail delivery system. Franklin never patented his inventions or used them for profit, but desired they be used freely for the comfort and convenience of all.

Franklin was the only Founding Father to sign all four key American documents: the Treaty of Alliance with France, the Treaty of Peace with Great Britain, the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution. The nine stamps feature detailed close-ups of Benjamin Franklin at various times of his life.

The surround on the mint souvenir sheet shows Jean Leon Gerome Ferris' famous painting depicting Franklin, John Adams and Thomas Jefferson Drafting the Declaration of Independence.


  • Issue: BenjaminFranklin 1706-2006
  • Face Value: 9 x $0.48
  • Issue Date: January 17, 2006
  • Issue Place: Majuro
  • Designer: J.S. Duplessis, David K. Stone, Mason Chamberlain, John Trumbull, James Earle Fraser, David Martin, Benjamin West, J.B. Greuze, C.N. Cochin
  • Printing Process: Cyan, black, magenta, yellow by offset lithography on unwatermarked gummed paper
  • Printer: Unicover Corporation, Cheyenne, Wyoming, U.S.A.
  • Stamp Format: Vertical
  • Stamps Per Sheet: 9
  • Number of Designs per Sheet: 9
  • Overall Sheet Size: 233mm x 150mm
  • Size of Stamps:31mm x 40mm
  • Issue Number: C246.
    (9-1) By J.S. Duplessis 1785
    (9-2) By David K. Stone 1983
    (9-3) By Mason Chamberlain 1762
    (9-4) By John Trumbull 1819
    (9-5) By James Earle Fraser
    (9-6) By David Martin 1767
    (9-7) By Benjamin West c.1805
    (9-8) By J.B. Greuze 1777
    (9-9) By C.N. Cochin 1777
  • Withdrawal Date: While supplies last.
  • Stamp designs ©2006 Marshall Islands Postal Service. All rights reserved.

    Stamps in this Issue

    Currency Face Value Stamp Description
    US$ 4.32 Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 2006
    US$ .48 By J.S. Duplessis 1785
    US$ .48 By David K. Stone 1983
    US$ .48 By Mason Chamberlain 1762
    US$ .48 By John Trumbull 1819
    US$ .48 By James Earle Fraser 1938
    US$ .48 By David Martin 1767
    US$ .48 Benjamin Franklin 1706 - 2006
    US$ .48 By J.B. Greuze 1777
    US$ .48 By C.N. Cochin 1777

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