49 Star Flag Pin-Back Button (1959)

49 STAR ”OUR NEW FLAG” PIN-BACK BUTTON, in original plastic display bag with hang tag announcing this “Latest Novelty”, Made in Japan, 1959, pin is 3 1/2 inches in diameter.

This rare version of the American Flag had only 49 stars. Alaska, the 49th state, entered the union on January 3, 1959. Hawaii, the 50th state, obtained statehood on August 21, 1959. The 49 star flag was officially used only between July 4, 1959, and July 4, 1960.