President Abraham Lincoln Signed Free Frank, Washington DC 1862. PSA
President Abraham Lincoln Signed Free Frank, Washington DC 1862. PSA
President Abraham Lincoln Signed Free Frank, Washington DC 1862. PSA
President Abraham Lincoln Signed Free Frank, Washington DC 1862. PSA
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President Abraham Lincoln Signed Free Frank, Washington DC 1862. PSA

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Abraham Lincoln Signed Free Frank - Postmarked 1862 Washington DC!

Perhaps there is no more important figure in our Nation’s history than the 16th President of the United States, Abraham Lincoln. For that reason, he is our favorite historical autograph, and certainly at the top of our preferred list across all genres!

Offered here is a perfectly intact Free Frank envelope signed by Lincoln in the upper right-hand corner. A ‘Free Frank’ was a courtesy afforded to the highest elected officials, and by simply signing a piece of mail, they are permitted free postage. Though it has been nearly 160 years since The Great Emancipator put ink to paper, his remarkable signature has withstood the test of time and remains bold and legible. We can only imagine the importance of what was once enclosed within the envelope.

What makes this particular Free Frank so special, in addition to Lincoln’s rare autograph, is that it is postmarked and dated in Washington D.C.! Collectors prefer signatures from Lincoln’s time in the Executive Mansion, and based on his signature style along with postmark, this was signed in 1862 (Exactly 1 year and 11 days after taking the Oath of Office.)

Lincoln’s strong autograph is unobstructed and clean while presenting excellent contrast against the cream-colored envelope. The stamping is also bold and legible with some doubling in the date - common for the era. We also love the fact that the envelope is in outstanding condition. Many Free Franks from this era have rips and tears from being opened and natural aging. We credit the condition mostly to the fact that it’s actually a manufactured envelope, as opposed to handmade, manually folded parchment which was often the case. Lincoln autographs are rare in any form, but a Free Frank while President is definitely a highly prized collectible for the intelligent collector.

Authenticated by PSA/DNA