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1-cent Lincoln

The Department issued the 1-cent Lincoln Birth Sesquicentennial commemorative stamp, the second in the series of four, through the Hodgenville, Kentucky, post office on February 12, 1959.

The 1-cent Lincoln stamp features the famous "Beardless Lincoln" portrait by George Peter Alexander Healy, painted from life in 1860 in Springfield, Illinois, shortly after Lincoln's election to the presidency. A facsimile of the signature "A. Lincoln" appears immediately above the portrait. The denomination "1c" is shown in the lower right corner of the stamp, and the wording "United States Postage" is arranged in one line across the bottom of the stamp, in dark Gothic.

The stamp was printed by the rotary process, electric-eye perforated, and issued in panes fifty stamps each. An initial printing of 120 million stamps was authorized.

Reference:

Postal Bulletin (December 11, 1958)


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