Statue of Liberty Stamp Actually Shows The Las Vegas Version

File this one under "oops." A new stamp intended to commemorate the Statue of Liberty actually featured the Las Vegas replica instead:

You might think that the post office would have just gone with the original, the one off the tip of Lower Manhattan that for 125 years has welcomed millions of New York’s huddled masses yearning to breathe free. Instead, they accidentally used the 14-year-old statue that presides over thousands of weary gamblers a week.

The post office, which had thought the Lady Liberty “forever” stamp featured the real thing, found out otherwise when a clever stamp collector who is also what one might call a superfan of the Statue of Liberty got suspicious and contacted Linn’s Stamp News, the essential read among philatelists.

But the post office is going with it.

“We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway,” said Roy Betts, a spokesman. Mr. Betts did say, however, that the post office regrets the error and is “re-examining our processes to prevent this situation from happening in the future.”

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philatelists are an interesting bunch. I've been studying a bit of philately lately. This stamp could have been worth a bunch but with 3 billion made and no recall its worthless.
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