Abraham Lincoln (biography)
4¢ -Blackish brown
No Triangles in Corners see below
Scott #222 - 1890

Value

Used: $1-$1.50
No postmark with gum (MH): $10-$30
Full perfect gum, no postmark, no trace of stamp hinge mark (MNH): $80-$145

Issued: 2nd June 1890, earliest recorded example is 16th July, 1890,
it was one of the later values to be released, the bulk of the issue being released in the beginning of the year
Printer: The American Bank Note Company

Large multiples are scarce, despite this being a common stamp at the time.

Without them knowing it, the 1890 series was to be the American Bank Note Company's (ABN Co.) last printing of postage stamps.
Until the flag overun series of the forties all stamps after this series were to be printed by the Bureau of printing and engraving.

On the left is shown the detail of a stamp from the 1890 series, note the absence of a triangle in the top
left hand corner of the design. All the Bureau (after 1894) issues had a triangle cut into the design as shown on the right.


The design was taken from this photograph of Abraham Lincoln.
An excellent collection of the photographs of 'Old Abe' can be
found here. This photo was taken before his presidency, whilst a Senator
in Springfield Illinois. It was taken on February 9th 1860 at Brady's gallery in Washington DC

Curiously ABC co. did not use their master die for Lincoln, shown below. Whilst the design was
better at capturing the expression on Lincolns face, the hair treatmen was a dramatic departure.


A pane of 100, there are four panes to a sheet

Detail of essay #222-E2
An interesting essay of Lincoln

223-P3 Proof Scotts - US Postage Stamps

Die Proof on India Paper 222P3

222-P4 Proof Scotts - US Postage Stamps

222P4
Plate Proof on Card


222P1a
Small Die Proof on india paper mounted on card


222P1
Large Die Proof on india paper mounted on card


222P5
Plate Proof on Stamped Paper

222-TC1 Trial Color Proof

222TC1
Trial Color Proof
Gummed stamp paper
Yellow Brown


222TC1
Trial Color Proof
Gummed stamp paper
Yellow Brown


222TC1
Trial Color Proof
Gummed stamp paper
Red Brown