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4-cent Lincoln

4c Abraham Lincoln plate proof

Scott Catalogue USA: 1036c
Description:

The definitive series of 1954-68 included Abraham Lincoln on the 4¢ value. When it was originally issued, this stamp paid the 'additional ounce' rate for surface letters to Europe (5¢ for the first ounce plus 4¢ for each additional ounce). Then, on August 1, 1958, the domestic first-class letter rate rose from 3¢ to 4¢, and this became the most heavily used stamp in America literally overnight! The Liberty Series, as the 1954-68 issue is known, were intended to have "warm portraits" of their subjects as opposed to the customary busts. The design of this stamp was adapted from a 1917 portrait of Lincoln by Douglas Volk in the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Date:
November 19, 1954
Medium:
paper; ink (red violet) / wet printing engraving
Museum ID:
0.242263.15863
Place:
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

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