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Statue of Liberty Stamp Mix Up

This undated handout image provided by the US Postal Service shows the Lady Liberty first class postage stamp. Just as the post office was hoping to promote going green, it finds itself red-faced. It turns out that a first-class stamp featuring the Statue of Liberty actually is based on a photo of a Las Vegas replica of the statue. (AP Photo/USPS)

A New York monument is a post office celebrity. New York, New York from Las Vegas, that is.

The postal service had 3 billion stamps of the Statue of Liberty made, but it wasn’t Lady Liberty of Liberty Island, but the one under the sizzling sun of Las Vegas.


A postal service spokesperson told the Associated Press that the stamps were printed already and won’t be recalled. The stamp has been on sale since December, but not in booklet form.

The mistake was reported by Linn’s Stamp News. The magazine discovered that a “light colored rectangular patch can be seen on the center spike of the replica’s crown.”

“The eyelids and eyebrows,” the magazine continued, “on the replica appear more sharply defined than on the original statue.”

The postal service announced in December that the Statue of Liberty was shown in a close up of her head and crown, the Associated Press reported.

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