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The Republic for Which It Stands Deuteronomy 10:17-21

The Republic for Which It Stands

Special Installment: Beyond the Lectionary

Our republic serves us in our faith.

At a Glance

Old American flags are pricy, especially if they're tattered and worn, and only have 35 stars, or any number of stars less than 50. The flag is a symbol of our republic, and so today we consider some of the parallels between the ideals enshrined in the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution and those embedded in our faith.

In May of last year, a 13-star American flag used in James Buchanan's 1856 presidential candidacy run set an auction record when it sold to a Pennsylvania antique business for $275,000. It's not uncommon for historical U.S. flags to sell for more than $20,000, particularly if they have fewer stars than the current version and are from the era before 1912 when the federal government standardized the design.

When it comes to putting a value on old Old Glories, it's actually better if the flags show age and usage, which makes flags an anomaly in the world of collectibles, where for most things, "mint condition" increases value. When it comes to...

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