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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 46, November 12, 2006, Article 23

RARE INVERTED JENNY STAMP SEALED IN FLORIDA BALLOT BOX?

According to a November 11 Associated Press report, "An absentee
ballot was mailed with what may have been a rare stamp worth as
much as $200,000 -- the famous Inverted Jenny -- but the envelope
is in a box that by law can't be opened.

Broward County Commissioner John Rodstrom discovered the stamp
while reviewing absentee ballots. There was no name on the envelope,
so the vote didn't count.

What looked like a small stamp collection on one envelope caught
Rodstrom's eye about 8 p.m. Tuesday. At least one was from 1936,
Rodstrom said. Then he noticed one had an upside-down World War
I-era airplane -- the hallmark of an Inverted Jenny."

"Elections officials will retain the ballot for 22 months, Jenny
Nash, a spokeswoman for the Florida secretary of state's office,
told The Associated Press. After that, any action is up to the
county elections supervisor."

The 24-cent Jenny stamps were printed in 1918. Sheets were run
through presses twice to process all the colors and on one pass,
four went through backward. Inspectors caught the errors on three
sheets and destroyed them, but somehow, a sheet of 100 stamps got
through. Stamp collectors have spent 88 years trying to find them all."

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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