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Wrong Lady Liberty Printed on Stamps

Forever stamps
Courtesy of the United States Postal Service

Last year, the U.S. Postal Service ordered 3-million stamps to be printed.  You might remember these stamps — they featured the Statue of Liberty and went on sale December 1st as did the flag stamps. However, the wrong Lady Liberty was printed on these government stamps.

A stamp collector figured out the mistake and notified the U.S. Postal Service a few weeks ago.  The mistake is now public knowledge and here’s the funny part — the Postal Service claims they would have kept the wrong image anyway!  Yeah, okay — if you say so!  They also feel the mistake has added enthusiasm to buying and collecting the stamp.


Las Vegas Strip Exteriors
Courtesy of Ethan Miller, Getty Images

The image on the stamps is actually the casino statue at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas — not the Statue of Liberty sitting in the Atlantic Ocean.  Have no fear though.  The Postal Service won’t be withdrawing the stamp from circulation so if you own any of these stamps they are still good.  Don’t forget — the flag stamp and the Statue of Liberty stamp are both forever stamps and will continue to carry the value of the current First-Class Mail 1-ounce rate.

Here’s more on the story and how the mistake was detected: Statue of Liberty Stamp.

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