1909 2¢ Lincoln Memorial Issue
Issue Date: February 12, 1909
Quantity issued: 1,262,000
Printed by: Bureau of Engraving and Printing
Method: Flat plate
Watermark: Double line
This is one of three issues created to honor the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. This stamp was issued imperforate for use by manufacturers of vending and stamp-affixing machines.
Born in the backwoods of Hardin County, Kentucky, Lincoln was largely self-educated. He served as our 16th President during the Civil War. He had long believed that peace should come with “malice toward none, with charity for all.”
Unfortunately, Lincoln was forced to witness a Civil War between the North and the South. After the war, Lincoln was anxious to heal the wounds – to repair damage done to both the people and the land. His work would go unfinished, as he was felled by an assassin’s bullet while watching a play at Ford’s Theatre in 1865.
A perforate stamp featuring this same design – U.S. #367 – was also issued. The design was also used on experimental bluish-gray paper, known to collectors as U.S. #369.