Stamp Announcement 09-07: Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln 42-cent stamps.

On February 9, 2009, in Springfield, Illinois, the Postal Service™ will issue a 42-cent, Abraham Lincoln commem­orative stamp in four designs in a pressure-sensitive adhe­sive (PSA) pane of 20 stamps (Item 464700). The stamp, designed by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Arizona, goes on sale nationwide February 9, 2009.

The Postal Service recognizes the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865), who rose from humble, frontier origins to become a prominent lawyer, politician, and ultimately president of the United States.

The stamp art was created by Mark Summers of Waterdown, Ontario, Canada, who is noted for his scratch­board technique, a style distinguished by a dense network of lines etched with exquisite precision. Each stamp features a different aspect of Lincoln’s life.

How to Order the First Day of Issue Postmark

Customers have 60 days to obtain the first day of issue postmark by mail. They may purchase new stamps at their local Post Office™, at The Postal Store® website at, or by calling 800 STAMP-24. They should affix the stamps to envelopes of their choice, address the envelopes (to themselves or others), and place them in a larger envelope addressed to:

Abraham Lincoln Stamp
Philatelic Clerk
U.S. Postal Service
2105 East Cook Street
Springfield, IL 62703-9998

After applying the first day of issue postmark, the Postal Service will return the envelopes through the mail. There is no charge for the postmark. All orders must be postmarked by April 10, 2009.

How to Order First Day Covers

Stamp Fulfillment Services also offers first day covers for new stamp issues and Postal Service stationery items postmarked with the official first day of issue cancellation. Each item has an individual catalog number and is offered in the quarterly USA Philatelic catalog. Customers may request a free catalog by calling 800-STAMP-24 or writing to:

Information Fulfillment
Dept. 6270
U.S. Postal Service
P.O. Box 219014
Kansas City, MO 64121-9014

Philatelic Products

Item 464774, $16.95, Abraham Lincoln Commemorative Stamp Folio — Celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln with this unique commemorative folio commemorating his life and presidency. It includes a period-inspired broadside of the Gettysburg Address; four biographical cards with placeholders for mounting stamps; a timeline of the major events in Lincoln’s life; a pane of 20 Abraham Lincoln stamps, and four mounts. It is a great way to preserve your stamps of Lincoln as rail-splitter, lawyer, politician, and president.

Abraham Lincoln Philatelic Products.

There are also five other philatelic products available for this stamp issue:

n 464763*, First Day Cover Set of 4, $3.20.

n 464768*, Digital Color Postmark Set of 4, $6.00.

n 464784*, Uncut Press Sheet, $50.40.

n 464791*, Ceremony Program, $6.95.

n 464799*, Digital Color Postmark Keepsake (4 DCP w/pane), $14.40.

Items with an asterisk (*) will use the 128 barcode from Stamp Fulfillment Services. All other philatelic products will continue to use barcode series A, with the exception of the Yearbook and the Guide Book.

Distribution: Item 464700, 42-cent Abraham Lincoln PSA Pane of 20 Stamps

Stamp distribution offices (SDOs) will receive approxi­mately 50 to 55 percent of their full standard automatic distribution quantity for a PSA sheet stamp. Distributions are rounded up to the nearest master carton size (40,000 stamps).

Initial Supply to Post Offices

SDOs will make a subsequent automatic distribution to Post Offices of one-half their full standard automatic distri­bution quantity using PS Form 17, Stamp Requisition/Stamp Return. SDOs must not distribute stamps to Post Offices before February 2, 2009.

Additional Supply

Post Offices requiring additional stamps must requisi­tion Item 464700 from their designated SDO using PS Form 17. SDOs requiring additional stamps must order them from the appropriate accountable paper depository (APD) using PS Form 17.

For fulfilling supplemental orders from SDOs, the Chicago, New York, Memphis, and San Francisco APDs will each receive 1,200,000 additional stamps.

Sales Policy

All Post Offices must acquire and maintain a supply of each new commemorative stamp as long as customer demand exists, until inventory is depleted, or until the stamp is officially withdrawn from sale. If supplies run low, Post Offices must reorder additional quantities using their normal ordering procedures.



Abraham Lincoln

Item Number:


Denomination &
Type of Issue:

42-cent Commemorative


Pane of 20 (4 designs)



Issue Date & City:

February 9, 2009, Springfield, IL 62703


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ

Art Director:

Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Richard Sheaff, Scottsdale, AZ


Mark Summers, Waterdown,
Ontario, Canada




Joseph Sheeran

Manufacturing Process:



Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd. (APU)

Printed at:

Williamsville, NY

Press Type:

Mueller Martini, A76

Stamps per Pane:


Print Quantity:

50 million stamps

Paper Type:

Nonphosphored, Type III, Block

Adhesive Type:


Processed at:

Ashton Potter (USA) Ltd.


Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow

Stamp Orientation:


Image Area (w x h):

1.42 x .84 in./36.07 x 21.34 mm

Overall Size (w x h):

1.56 x .98 in./39.62 x 24.89 mm

Full Pane Size (w x h):

7.24 x 5.95 in./183.90 x 151.13 mm

Plate Size:

240 stamps per revolution

Plate Numbers:

“P” followed by four (4) single digits

Marginal Markings:



© 2008 USPS • Plate position
diagram • Price • Plate numbers
in four corners


USPS logo • Barcode (464700) in
two positions • Descriptive text
on back of each stamp


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