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1902-03 5¢ Lincoln - U.S. #304

1902-03 5¢ Lincoln - U.S. #304

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U.S. #304 - Series of 1902-03 5¢ Lincoln

Issued on January 20, 1903, U.S. #304 commemorates the tragic death of President Abraham Lincoln, who passed away on April 15, 1865, less than 12 hours after being shot by John Wilkes Booth.

The issuance of this stamp serves as a poignant tribute to Lincoln's enduring legacy and the pivotal role he played in American history, particularly during the tumultuous period of the Civil War. By early April 1865, the war was reaching its conclusion, with significant Union victories such as the capture of Richmond, the Confederate capital, and Robert E. Lee's surrender at Appomattox Court House in Virginia.

The 5¢ Lincoln stamp features a portrait of the revered President, reflecting his esteemed status as a national symbol of unity and leadership. Printed by the Bureau of Engraving and Printing using the flat plate method, this stamp exhibits a striking blue color and is perforated with a double-line watermark.

In issuing this stamp, the U.S. Postal Service honors Lincoln's enduring legacy and contributions to the nation, ensuring that future generations remember his profound impact on American society and the principles of freedom and equality for which he stood.

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