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Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – The Bicentennial Issues of 2009

Posted By on December 7, 2013

Stamps honoring the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln were issued by the United States Postal Service on 9 February 2009.

The stamps were issued in four designs, each showing a scene from Lincoln’s life and career along with a larger portrait of Lincoln at either the left or right side of the design.  The second design shown above is of the Lincoln-Douglas Debates and the third design shows Lincoln as a “rail splitter.”

The stamps were based on works by Canadian artist Mark Summers and bear the then-current rate for first class postage, 42 cents.  They were the first stamps honoring Lincoln to be issued in a self adhesive format, with 20 stamps per post office sheet and five stamps of each design per sheet.

The First Day of Issue ceremonies were held in Springfield, Illinois.

For previous stamp designs honoring Abraham Lincoln, see the following:

Early Postage Stamps Honoring Abraham Lincoln

Postage Stamps Honoring Abraham Lincoln – Bureau of Engraving and Printing to 1909

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – Regular Issues of the 1920s to the Early 1950s

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – Regular Issues of the 1950s through the 1960s

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – Commemorative Issues, 1909-1958

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – The Sesquicentennial Issues of 1959

Commemorative Postage Stamps for the Civil War Centennial, 1861-1865 to 1961-1965

Abraham Lincoln on Stamps – From the Sesquicentennial to the Bicentennial of His Birth

The Civil War: A Collection of U.S. Commemorative Stamps



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