Tuesday, 9 July 2013

Stamps featuring Inverts

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Subcategory - Stamps on Stamps  - Inverts

In philately, an invert error occurs when part of a postage stamp is printed upside-down. Inverts are perhaps the most spectacular of a postage stamp errors, not only because of the striking visual appearance, but because they are almost always quite rare, and highly valued by stamp collectors.

Inverted Jennies have long sold for over 100,000USD apiece, and the St. Lawrence Seaway inverts of Canada approach those numbers.

The Inverted Jenny (or Jenny Invert) is a United States postage stamp first issued on May 10 1918 in which the image of the Curtiss JN-4 airplane in the center of the design was accidentally printed upside-down; it is probably the most famous error in American philately.

Other know invert errors are
- United States - 2 cents - inverted train from the 1901 Pan-American Exposition series
- Austria - 2 kronen - inverted parliament building from the 1919    definitive series
- New Zealand - 4 pence - inverted tropical scene from the 1902 definitive series

The following are Stamps which feature the inverted stamps.

India 2012 – Philately Day Stamp showing ‘The Inverted Head 4 Annas Stamp’

Issue date 12 October 2012

India Post issued a Souvenir Sheet to mark Philately Day and to commemorate Philately. The souviner sheet marks the Indian Postal system evolution from the 'Dak Harara' (Postal Runner) to 'Airmail' and showcases two iconic stamps issued pre and post Independence era. 

The first stamp 'The Inverted Head Four Anna Stamp' was first issued in 1854 which was one of the world's first multi-colored stamp. The second stamp shows one among first three 'Jai Hind' Stamps issued post Independence. This Stamp was issued in 1947 and depicts the national emblem of India.

The Inverted Head Four Annas of India is a postage stamp prized by collectors. The 1854 first issues of India included a Four Annas value in red and blue. However, an invert error occurred during production, showing the head "upside down." This error appears not to have been discovered until many years after the stamps were issued. None of the 1870s publications mentions the Inverted Head Four Annas. The 1891 reprints provide the first conclusive evidence that the error was known.

The error was first noticed during a meeting of the Philatelic Society of London in 1874. In 1907 L.L.R. Hausburg mentioned the Inverted Head Four Annas, but he was not sure whether it came from the First or Second Printings. Mr. Séfi described this error in the West End Philatelist, January, 1912.

Qu'aiti State in the Hadhramaut, South Arabia (now a part of Republic of Yemen) 1967 STAMPEX - London, England Philatelic Exhibition

Issue date 7 April 1967

At the 1967 STAMPEX - London, England Philatelic Exhibition, the Qu'aiti State in the Hadhramaut, South Arabia (now a part of Republic of Yemen) issued 7 commemorative stamps on the famous philatelic errors.

One of the stamps of 5 fils features India - 4 annas - inverted head of Queen Victoria from the 1854 definitive series.

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