Fake Real Stamps and Real Fake Stamps
October 7, 2013 10:30 AM Subscribe
posted by Etrigan (19 comments total)
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The U.S. Postal Service prints more than 20 billion stamps a year, the vast majority of which are perfect. However, tiny errors can make even humble 1-cent stamps
worth many times more to collectors (or philatelists, if you're feeling formal). The most famous of these is perhaps the Inverted Jenny
, which features a biplane flying upside down. Only 100 of the misprinted 24-cent airmail stamps issued in 1918 were found, and one can fetch nearly a million dollars
at auction, or even appear in a Florida ballot box
(that one was fake).
After nearly a century, the USPS seems to have developed a sense of humor over the mistake and is issuing new Inverted Jennys
, this time priced at $2 and with a certain number printed correctly
, complete with certificates of (in)authenticity.