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Lady Liberty Postage Stamp Features Wrong Statue

 WASHINGTON D.C. ~ (Linn's Stamp News/AP) ~ Just as the United States Postal Service is promoting going green, they find themselves red-faced.

As it turns out, the latest first-class stamp to feature the Statue of Liberty doesn't show the real statue, but instead shows a close-up shot of the replica Liberty statue located in Las Vegas. Postal spokesman Roy Betts said three million of the stamps have been printed and there are no plans to pull them from the market. The 44-cent forever stamp has been sold in rolled coils since December and will soon be released in booklet form. The iconic statue from French designer Gustav Eiffel has been featured on more than 20 stamps, Betts said.

When the stamp was released last year, the Postal Service said the Statue of Liberty was shown in a close-up photograph, showing her face and crown. Those press materials have now been changed to read, "Raimund Linke's close-up photograph of the Lady Liberty replica at the New York-New York Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada appears on the stamp art. The original Statue of Liberty stands on Liberty Island in New York Harbor."

The error was first noticed by Linn's Stamp News and comes to light just as USPS is issuing a new series of stamps which urge "going green" to protect the environment. The stamps promote activities like composting, conserving water, recycling and planting trees. Linn's, a weekly magazine for stamp collectors, noted that the stamp shows a rectangular patch on the crown of the statue, which does not appear on the original Lady Liberty. In Addition, Linn's pointed out that the eyelids and eyebrows on the replica are more sharply defined, as well as the hair being different.

Photo credit: Associated Press

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