Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Another awesome cover from United States!

It has been a while since I last posted a cover from the United States so today I would share with you this awesome cover received from Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.

The beautiful 1999 christmas stamp depicts Italian painter, Bartolomeo Vivarini's 15th century masterpiece painting "Madonna and Child".

This stamp bears the word "Christmas" in capital letters across the top. At the bottom are B. Vivarini and National Gallery of Arts. It is at the latter site in Washington, D.C., that the classic painting is housed. Next, we have a pair of gold borders stamps that were issued in 1991 to mark USPS's official sponsor of the 1992 U.S. Olympics Team. Lastly, the 50-cent black, orange, and tan 1979 stamp of the Americana Issue honors America's light, picturing the Iron "Betty" Lamp from Plymouth Colony (17th-18th centuries) and the wording "America's Light Sustained by Love of Liberty".

Among philatelists, the series is most famous for the CIA invert. An invert error of the $1 lamp stamp, it was so named because the original sheet was bought by a CIA employee who had gone to the post office to buy some stamps. The CIA invert is the one of the most well known inverted color errors in United States collecting; only to the famous Inverted Jenny, C3a, is more widely sought. In the 2008 Scott catalogue it has a value of US$21,000.00, but at auction this stamp would certainly go for more!

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