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The words of the great man himself? In his own handwriting? I'll pay 100 caps for it.Hannibal Hamlin

Lincoln's Profit Margins is an unmarked quest in Fallout 3.

Quick walkthrough

Unmarked Quest: Lincoln's Profit Margins
Acquire an artifact of Abraham Lincoln from either: Lincoln's repeater, Lincoln's hat, Lincoln's voice, Action Abe action figure, Civil War draft poster, Lincoln's diary, Antique Lincoln coin collection, John Wilkes Booth wanted poster or Lincoln Memorial poster.
Sell the artifact to Abraham Washington in Rivet City.
Sell the artifact to Hannibal Hamlin in the Temple of the Union.
Sell the artifact to Leroy Walker at the Lincoln Memorial.
Reward: Bottle caps, varied

Detailed walkthrough

The artifacts of Abraham Lincoln found in the Museum of History can be sold to various people in the Capital Wasteland. Besides selling them to "normal" traders for their item value, certain characters will pay increased prices because of the artifacts' historical value or symbolic meaning.

These characters are Hannibal Hamlin, leader of the ex-slaves at Temple of the Union; Leroy Walker, leader of the slavers who occupy Lincoln Memorial; or Abraham Washington, a historian and curator of Rivet City's Capitol Preservation Society.

Item locations

All nine artifacts can be found in the Museum of History. The letters refer to locations on the map to the right.

Lower halls

  • Lincoln's diary is found when the Lone Wanderer first goes up the steps in the large display room on the way to the Museum of History offices, lying on the first display to the right. The diary might not be on the display so be sure to examine around the general area.

Offices, first floor

  • Lincoln's hat is found in a room on the 1st floor of the Museum of History offices. The room is the first door to the right from the entry stairwell and has a collapsed ceiling (one can also drop down into it from the second floor). The hat is on the floor among the rubble (to the right of the desk on the left when entering the room). It may be hard to spot with the shadows, make sure the Pip-Boy light is on.
  • Action Abe action figure is behind the Very Hard locked door along the left in the eastern hall to the archive room on a desk in the southwest corner of the room, close to the turret control terminal. The room may also be entered through a hole in the wall in the next room on the left.
  • John Wilkes Booth wanted poster is in the farthest southwest corner of the level, on the third shelf up of the last bookshelf.
  • Civil War draft poster can be found in the southeast corner on the top shelf of the bookcases one can see when looking westwards. It seems that the poster can fall to the ground as well. Check both the top shelf and the ground (at random, Lincoln's Voice can be found here instead).

Offices, second floor

  • Lincoln's voice is found on the second desk to the left at the top of the stairs.
  • Lincoln Memorial poster is found on the wall behind the first desk at top of the stairs. This will not spawn until one has started the Head of State quest.
  • Antique Lincoln coin collection is found on a bookshelf in a room on the right side of the offices. Ascend the stairs in the archive room, turn right (east), go into the first room one finds, and the collection should be on a bookshelf one can see while facing westward (or it might have dropped to the floor near the desk).
  • Lincoln's repeater is found in a display case, next to a Chinese Army: Special Ops Training Manual. Go up the stairs in the archive room, go through the big hole in the wall at the end of the room, then turn left before the door. Activate the display and take the repeater (position the cursor correctly).


A successful speech check almost always doubles the price paid for the artifacts. In Abraham's case, a high Barter will double the offer.

There is no way to get back any items sold to Abraham Washington or Leroy Walker, except for the Lincoln Memorial poster. One can, however, steal back the items one sells to Hannibal.

Artifact Hannibal Hamlin Leroy Walker Abraham Washington
Lincoln's repeater 150 or 300 caps 100 or 200 caps 100 or 200 caps
Lincoln's hat 25 or 50 caps (repeatable) 25 or 50 caps 70 or 140 caps
Lincoln's voice 50 or 100 caps 50 or 100 caps 60 or 120 caps
Action Abe action figure 10 or 20 caps 10 or 20 caps 10 or 20 caps
Civil War draft poster 75 or 150 caps 50 or 100 caps 60 or 120 caps
Lincoln's diary 100 or 200 caps 75 or 150 caps 100 or 200 caps
Antique Lincoln coin collection 15 or 30 caps 15 or 30 caps 15 or 30 caps
John Wilkes Booth wanted poster 50 or 100 caps 75 or 150 caps 70 or 140 caps
Lincoln Memorial poster no offer 100 or 200 caps no offer
Highest payouts are underlined and bolded.


  • The Barter text for Abraham will incorrectly state the amount the Barter check will grant the player character. It will always be lower than 2x the original offer, even though the player character will get 2x if the player character passes the check.
  • Be careful to sell it to Leroy first if one plans to give the picture of the Lincoln Memorial to the Temple of the Union. If the player character happens to run into Caleb first, he will thank the player character profusely and remove the picture, but the player character won't get paid anything. This happens automatically, and appears to be analogous to Hannibal equipping and wearing Lincoln's hat or Lincoln's repeater when they are delivered to him. Except that the player character cannot reverse-pickpocket the Lincoln Memorial poster from Caleb afterwards.
  • Selling at least one artifact to Leroy Walker will grant the player character access to the memorial without being shot. Only the Lincoln Memorial poster can be sold to Leroy and pickpocketed back. Everything else is destroyed once sold to him.
  • Hannibal's Speech check must be passed individually for each item sold to get that item's bonus and increases with difficulty with each item sold, but is independent of the order in which the items are sold.
    • It appears before completing Head of State, the player character's chance of passing the Speech check is more difficult. An example for one player character being 48-57% chance to pass when speaking to him at the Temple of the Union, and 74-78% chance of passing the Speech check once he has taken residence at the Lincoln Memorial.
    • After selling Lincoln's hat or Lincoln's repeater to Hannibal Hamlin, he will immediately equip these items.
  • Lincoln items that are sold to Hannibal and then pickpocketed back will appear in red text if dropped, and must be "stolen" to be picked up again. Dropping them and picking them back up repeatedly does not remove the red text but there is no Karma penalty.
  • If the player character does the speech check with Hannibal Hamlin and sells him the items then pickpockets the items back, selling the items to Abraham Washington does not give another speech check. The player character can only sell them to him for the lower price, but selling them to Leroy Walker will give the option for a speech check for double money.
  • After pickpocketing Lincoln's hat from Hamlin, the player character cannot sell it to Leroy Walker.
  • The Barter check with Abraham Washington for the Civil War draft poster will not appear if the player character has already sold him the Action Abe action figure.


  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 With a high Barter when selling Lincoln's voice to Washington, the high Barter option will be "Make it 80, and you have a deal" even though the player still gets the expected 120 caps in the end. [verified]
  • PCPC Xbox 360Xbox 360 With a high Barter when selling John Wilkes Booth wanted poster to Washington, the high Barter option will be "Make it 90, and you have a deal" even though the player still gets the expected 140 caps in the end. [verified]