The Department issued this 4-cent Lincoln Birth Sesquicentennial commemorative stamp, the fourth and final stamp of the series, through the Washington, DC, post office on May 30, 1959.
The 4-cent Lincoln stamp features a portion of the famed statue by Daniel Chester French, which sits in the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC. The actual subject matter was taken from a line and pastel drawing by Fritz Busse, as published in the book "Washington — City on the Potomac." A facsimile of the signature "A. Lincoln" appears to the right of the vignette, with the denomination "4c" to the left. The wording "United States Postage," in whiteface Gothic, is arranged up the side and across the top in the stamp's upper left portion.
The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (April 9, 1959)