Arago: Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Issue

Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Issue

On February 9, 2009, in Springfield, Illinois, the US Postal Service issued the 42-cent Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) commemorative stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhesive pane of twenty stamps. Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, designed the stamps.

This stamp issue honors the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, who rose from humble, frontier origins to become a prominent lawyer, politician, and ultimately president of the United States.

Mark Summers of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, who is noted for his scratch-board technique (a style distinguished by a dense network of lines etched with exquisite precision), created the stamp art. Each stamp features a different aspect of Lincoln's life.

Ashton Potter (USA), Ltd. (APU), Williamsville, New York, printed 50 million stamps using the offset process.


Postal Bulletin, January 15, 2009.

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