5-cents Lincoln Stamp (Scott #304)

Like the 2¢ 2nd Bureau stamps were to domestic mail, the 5¢ Lincoln sought similar use on international destined mail. In 1875 the Universal Postal Union (UPU) set a standardized rate equivalent to 5¢ per half an 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 the Philippines, overprints.

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Common Uses:

Solo Uses:

channel islands

Sent to the Channel Islands.

  • Postcard sent via the UPU letter rate
  • 2nd class (< 20 oz newspaper/magazine)
  • 3rd class (< 10 oz printed matter)
  • 4th class (< 5 oz samples/merchandise)

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