Jersey State Quarter Reverse
2009 & 2010 at Washington
Crossing State Park
Carved September 2009
* * * United States of America * * *
Designer: Alfred Maletsky
In adverse weather, Washington crossed the Delaware River with the Continental Army on December 25, 1776 during the American Revolutionary War. This was the first move in a surprise attack against Hessian soldiers garrisoned at Trenton. After a brief struggle in the Battle of Trenton, nearly the entire Hessian force was captured; only 3 Americans were killed and 6 wounded, while 22 Hessians were killed with 98 wounded. The Americans captured 1,000 prisoners and seized muskets, powder and artillery. The battle boosted the Continental Army's flagging morale, and inspired re-enlistments. The revolution itself had been in doubt only a week earlier and the army seemed on the verge of collapse. However, with this victory, soldiers agreed to stay and new recruits came and joined the ranks.
This stamp was carved originally for a Letterboxing Trading Card (LTC) series of the US State Quarters. Being a NJ resident at the time, I asked to create the NJ State Quarter LTC. After the card was created, I wasn't sure what to do with the stamp, when I realized that I lived close to Washington Crossing State Park it was only appropriate that I should plant the stamp there.
Before permanently planting this stamp in the park, this stamp was an Event stamp for Boxtoberfest 2009 & 2010. Some day it will be planted as part of a 2-stamp series depicting the Obverse & Reverse of the New Jersey State Quarter.