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The Upside-Down Jenny has landed.

The Stamp Collecting Report, I'm Lloyd de Vries.

One of the Inverted Jenny stamps — one that had been stolen and missing for more than
60 years — has now found a new home.

The error stamp with the upside-down airplane was one of the famous McCoy block, stolen
from an exhibition in 1955. It turned up last year, and was returned to its owner. But
since the stamp collectors' library already had one of the stamps, it was decided to
sell this one. At a recent auction, it closed at a quarter-million dollars, for a final
price of 295-thousand.

That was better than the estimate, but not as much as other recent Jenny Invert sales.
This one had been trimmed in an attempt to hide its identity, and shows other signs of
wear. On the other hand, its notoriety probably added to the value.

Each of the original one hundred stamps was numbered in pencil on the back, and, because
of the printing techniques in 1918, each is slightly different. Stamp experts can use
modern forensic techniques to identify them, even if they've been altered.

One of the stolen McCoy block of four is still missing. Other than that….
collectors know where practically every one of the other stamps is.

I’m Lloyd de Vries of The Virtual Stamp Club. For more on stamps and stamp collecting,
visit virtual-stamp-club-dot-com.

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