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Florida: "Inverted Jenny" stamp used on absentee ballot

Reuters reports: A Florida voter may have unwittingly lost hundreds of thousands of dollars by using an extremely rare stamp to mail an absentee ballot in Tuesday's congressional election, a government official said on Friday.

The 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp, which takes its name from an image of a biplane accidentally printed upside-down, turned up on Tuesday night in Fort Lauderdale, where election officials were inspecting ballots from parts of south Florida, Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom told Reuters.

Only 100 of the stamps have ever been found, making them one of the top prizes of all philately.

Rodstrom, a member of the county's Canvassing Board, said he spotted the red and blue Inverted Jenny on a large envelope with two stamps from the 1930s and another dating to World War Two.

The nominal value of the four vintage U.S. Post Office stamps was 87 cents, he said. -- Absentee Florida ballot sent with precious stamp - Yahoo! News

Comment: As a former stamp collector, I felt a little sick when I read this.


This is a very interesting story. I tend to think there is a fair likelihood that the stamp is fake. With modern printing technology in the hands of so many people...?

The NY Times of Nov. 15 has an item saying an official of a philatelic organization believes (after studying a picture of the stamp) that it is fake.

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