The Department issued the 3-cent Lincoln Birth Sesquicentennial commemorative stamp, the third in the series of four, through the New York, New York, post office on February 27, 1959.
The stamp features a sculptured bust of Lincoln by Gutzon Borglum. Done in marble in 1906, it now stands in the rotunda of the Capitol in Washington, DC. A facsimile of the signature "A. Lincoln" appears immediately above the portrait. The denomination "3c" 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 of fifty stamps each. An initial printing of ninety million of the stamp was authorized.
Postal Bulletin (January 29, 1959)