SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) _ Abraham Lincoln's likeness now appears on a new prestamped envelope offered by the U.S. Postal Service.

The Postal Service unveiled the envelope at a ceremony in Lincoln's hometown Saturday. It features Lincoln's likeness in profile surrounded by a blue background, and will cost 40 cents, postage included.

Like all designs used for U.S. stamps and other postal stationery, the Lincoln likeness was chosen by the national Citizens' Stamp Advisory Committee. It was created by Richard Sheaff of Scottsdale, Ariz., who has designed several commemorative stamps for the postal service.

``They wanted to focus on freedom and democracy,'' said Sue Litterly, spokeswoman for Springfield's post offices. ``That was why they decided on this particular likeness of Abe Lincoln for this particular envelope.''

The envelopes go on sale nationwide on Monday.