5c stamp

5¢ Abraham Lincoln

Like the 2¢ 2nd Bureau stamps were to domestic mail, the 5¢ Lincoln sought similar use on foreign destined mail. In 1875 the Universal Postal Union (UPU) set a standardized rate equivalent to 5¢ per half ounce for all 1st class mail traveling to foreign countries. The rate remained into effect until Oct. 1, 1907 when it changed to 5¢ per ounce and 3¢ each additional ounce. The Lincoln stamp was issued early in 1903. Varieties include imperforate and coil stamps as well as U.S. Possessions, Canal Zone and Philippines, overprints.

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