Stamp Honors Lady Liberty ...Using Vegas Replica

Photo of casino replica used to mark statue's 125th anniversary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 15, 2011 2:37 AM CDT
Updated Apr 15, 2011 4:49 AM CDT
Post Office Uses Vegas Liberty for New Stamp
The replica Liberty has different hair and more sharply defined eyes, as well as a square on the central spike.   (US Post Office)

A sharp-eyed collector spotted a small problem with the US Post Office's new stamp celebrating the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty: Officials used a picture of the wrong statue. The Lady Liberty that graces the stamp is actually that of the replica that stands outside the New York New York casino in Las Vegas, reports the New York Times.

"We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway," a post office spokesman claimed after the mix-up was exposed in a philately magazine. At the casino, meanwhile, they say they're proud of the honor. "Everyone thought the post office was honoring just one great American institution when in reality they were honoring two—the Statue of Liberty and Las Vegas," said a spokesman. (More Statue of Liberty stories.)

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