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ATA Chapter #94
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10. Inverted color: These are the errors most likely to get the heart pounding. Inverted color errors have occurred on nine U.S. stamps, and all but one are scarce and valuable, typically bringing tens of thousands of dollars when sold at auction. The exception is the 1962 Dag Hammerskjold stamp with the yellow background inverted. When first discovered, the Post Office Department opted to ruin the value of the error by reprinting it; 40 million of the invert were released Nov. l6, 1962, three weeks after the original date of issue. There is one authenticated pane of the original find and other copies on covers dated before release of the reissue. They are valued at several thousand dollars each. The reprints, which are otherwise indistinguishable from the original, are available for pennies.



Type 10: The yellow background is inverted on this U.S. 4¢ Dag Hammarskjold stamp of 1962 (Scott 1204). It was purposely reprinted after the invert error was discovered.

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