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1898 - Stamps by Year

Regular Issue of 1898

Four Cent - Lincoln
Issued October 7, 1898
#280b is the four cent issue of the series of 1898.

280b Series of 1898

- Stamp Design Subject -

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.

- Technical Data -
Scott #:
280b
Title:
Lincoln
Series:
Series of 1898.
Issue Date:
October 7, 1898
Denomination:
Location:
 
Perforation:
12
Size (design):
 
Color(s)
Orange Brown
Printing Method:
Intaglio
Orientation:
Plates for the 1897-1903 issue were of two sizes:
400 subjects for the 1c and 2c denominations; 200 subjects for all 4c, 5c, 6c and 15c denominations; and both 400 and 200 for the 10c denomination; all issued in panes of 100 each.
Printings from the 400 subject plates show the watermark reading horizontally, on the 200 subject plate printings the watermark reads vertically.
Printer:
Bureau or Printing and Engraving
WaterMark:
Double Line USPS (#191)
Known Plate #s:
460-463, 530-533, 790-793, 1100-1103, 1332-1335,
No. Issued:
~ 153M
Earliest Documented Use:
November 13, 1898.
:
.
Cancellations:
Sup. Mail Type G, Cuba, China, Philippines.
Major variants:
280, 280a

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.

- Identification guides for this issue -

 

- Related Stamps of interest -

Scott's: 245, 269, 280, 280a,Guam 4, Phil 220.

- Other Stamps of 1898 -

Regular Issues:

Scott#
Denom
Color
Subject
Green
For the two cent stamp, see Scott 279B, (1897)
Rose Brown
Lilac Brown
Dark Blue
Lake, Claret
Purple Lake
10¢
Brown
10¢
Orange
Daniel Webster (Type II)
15¢
Olive

Commemorative Issues:

# 285-293 Trans-Mississippi Exposition Series of 1898

Scott#
Denom
Subject
 
# 285
"Marquette", is based on a painting by Lamprecht.
# 286
"Farming in the West", is based on a photograph.
# 287
"Indian hunting buffalo", is based on an engraving in Schoolcraft's history of the Indian tribes.
# 288
"Fremont on the Rocky Mountains", is based on an old engraving.
# 289
"Troops guarding train", is based on a drawing, by Frederic Remington.
# 290
10¢
"Hardships of emigration", is based on a painting, by A. G. Heaton.
# 291
50¢
"Mining prospector", a drawing, by Frederic Remington.
# 292
$1.00
"Cattle in a storm", is based on a painting, by J. MacWhirter.
# 293
$2.00
"Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis", is based on photograph.

Special Delivery:
None were issued in 1898

Postage Dues:
None were issued in 1898

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