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12. Reversed colors: There is only one U.S. example, the light and dark yellows on the 6¢ 1968 Van Eyck Christmas stamp. As planned, the light yellow was intended for the angel's face, hands, wings, parts of the robe and the plate number. The dark yellow was intended to be used for the trim of the robe. Because the ink was hard to differentiate, the inks were first interchanged in error; later, they were mixed as a matter of practicality. They are hard to differentiate, and the three different versions (as intended, reversed, and mixed) don't get separate catalog listings, although by rights they should.


Type 12: This Poland flag from the Overrun Countries Issue of 1943-44 may be a case of reverse colors. The red of the flag has been printed over the black shading. However, we don't know whether this was done on purpose by the printer, and whether the black over red or red over black was the intended version. The entire Overrun Countries Issue is plagued by these questions.

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