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Philatelic Musings

Posted in Philatelic by homeyra on February 9, 2007

In my sudden interest in philatelic, I wanted to find something fun for PPGG. Guess what the result is!

In philately, an invert error occurs when part of a postage stamp is printed upside-down! The Inverted Swan, a 4-pence blue postage issued in 1855 by Western Australia, is the world’s first invert error! I didn’t find any picture, but I guess this is the story behind these coins.

Among other famous inverts:
The inverted Jenny, USA, 1918
CIA invert, USA 1975-81, a CIA employee had bought one sheet of invert stamps
The Nixon Invert, USA, 1995

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  1. peoplesgeography said, on February 10, 2007 at 1:34 am

    Interesting finds, Homie. I laughed at the Nixon inversion. Do you suppose it was a postal printer’s practical joke? Same with the CIA one. What is astounding are the amounts they go for on the philatelic market.

  2. homeyra said, on February 10, 2007 at 6:00 am

    Nixon was more than “inverted”! It seems printing stamps is like printing money: no one jokes with it…
    now if the Cirque du Soleil was in charge…. 🙂
    and yes, some ‘mistakes’- never mines, can be really lucrative.

  3. peoplesgeography said, on February 10, 2007 at 8:02 am

    😆 Some would say perverted, not inverted.

    I agree, if Cirque du Soleil was in charge, things would be fun. And … we’d be allowed to swing from chandelier to chandelier, create mischief and dress up like clowns (wait, sounds like my weekend ..) 🙂

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