On Tuesday 7th November, a postal ballot for the US Mid-term elections was received in Fort Lauderdale. What set this particular ballot apart from all the others was the 1918 Inverted Jenny stamp affixed to the envelope
, along with two stamps dating back to the 1930s, and one dating to WWII.
The Inverted Jenny stamps are a run of stamps on which the biplane is printed upside down, and they are extremely rare. Only 700 were produced and, of them, only 100 have ever been owned by members of the public.
Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom believed the stamp could fetch around $500,000. As the sender was anonymous (also meaning that the ballot was disqualified), and the stamp was used to send a letter, it is now officially government property.
However, at the beginning of December, expert philatelists examined the stamp
, comparing it to a genuine Inverted Jenny and a fake. In unfortunate news for John Rodstrom, it’s not an original. The philatelists noted a number of telltale flaws in the stamp, including an incorrect number of border perforations, the stamp's thickness and its colour.
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