Regular Issue of 1898
Four Cent - Lincoln
#280P2a Small Die Proof (right) was a small die proof produced by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing for display by the Post Office Department at the Panama-Pacific Exposition of 1915, in San Francisco, California.
16th President of the United States. Abraham Lincoln is remembered for his actions, exemplified both by his statement concerning secession of some states--"A house divided against itself cannot stand"-- and his address at Gettysburg, where he urged "malice toward none" and "charity for all" in the peace to come.
In January, 1898, the color of the 1-cent stamp was changed to green and in March, 1898, that of the 5-cents to dark blue in order to conform to the colors assigned these values by the Universal Postal Union. These changes necessitated changing the colors of the 10c and 15c denominations in order to avoid confusion.
The handsome, dark brown 4-cent stamp of the First Bureau Issue features a portrait of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865). The 1894 and 1895 printings can be positively identified only by the lack of the “U.S.P.S.” watermark. The third printings were also issued on watermarked paper but in different tints of brown, such as orange brown, lilac brown, and rose brown. The 4-cent Lincoln stamp was used primarily to pay double-weight first-class postage.
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# 285-293 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Series of 1898
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