Statehood

1987 22¢ Bicentenary Statehood: Georgia
January 2, 1788

Georgia Becomes 4th State 

On January 2, 1788, Georgia was the fourth state to ratify the US Constitution, making it our fourth state.

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1989 25¢ Montana Statehood
November 8, 1889

Montana Becomes 41st State

On November 8, 1889, Montana was admitted to the Union. The population exploded in the years leading up to after statehood due to the discovery of rich gold, silver, and copper deposits.

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1989 25¢ North Dakota Statehood
November 2, 1889

North Dakota Admitted to the Union

On November 2, 1889, North Dakota was admitted to the Union as the 39th state.

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1963 5¢ West Virginia Statehood
October 24, 1861

West Virgina Votes to Secede from Virginia

On October 24, 1861, the people of West Virginia voted to secede from the Confederate state of Virginia. They would achieve statehood less than tow years later.

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1937 3¢ Alaska
October 18, 1867

U.S. Takes Possession of Alaska

On October 18, 1867, Alaska became part of America in a move dubbed “Seward’s Folly.” 

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1987 25¢ Bicentenary Statehood: New York
July 26, 1788

New York Becomes 11th State to Join the Union

On July 26, 1788, New York ratified the US Constitution, becoming America’s 11th state. It has grown to be America’s fourth most populous state, with more than 20 million residents.

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1937 3¢ Northwest Ordinance
July 13, 1787

Northwest Ordinance Revolutionizes Addition of New States to the Union

The United States passed the Northwest Ordinance on July 13, 1787 to establish a set of steps all future states would have to follow. It was ground breaking at the time and led to the organized and rapid expansion of America.

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2009 42¢ Oregon Statehood
February 14, 1859

Oregon Becomes 33rd State

On February 14, 1859, Oregon was admitted as the 33rd state in the Union.

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1938 3¢ Iowa Territory Centennial
December 28, 1846

Iowa Becomes a State

On December 28, 1846, Iowa was admitted as America’s 29th state.

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