New U.S. Stamp Features Fake Statue of Liberty

The United States Postal Service has committed a gaffe as it put the wrong Statue of Liberty in newly released stamps featuring supposedly the lady of New York.

A close inspection of the new stamp reveals that the Statue of Liberty on the picture is not the one from New York, but only the replica standing guard of the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. The mistake was reportedly noticed by a stamp collector who informed “Linn’s Stamp News” about the mix-up. Based on comparisons between the “real” Statue of Liberty in the New York harbor and its Sin City replica, it appears that the one pictured in the stamp is the latter.

According to Linn’s Stamp News, the New York-New York Statue of Liberty has a faded rectangular patch in the center spike of its crown, the same feature that appears on the stamp. The U.S. Postal Service, which reportedly was unaware that it picked the wrong photograph from Getty Images, defended the mistake, with spokesman Roy Betts saying that they “would have selected this photograph anyway.”