Statue of Liberty image used in Liberty Forever stamp is Las Vegas replica statue (Photo)

By on Apr 16, 2011 in United States, Weird Comments

The image of the Statue of Liberty used in the recent issue of the Liberty Forever stamp, as shown in the photo below, is the Las Vegas Liberty replica statue , and not the real one.



Liberty Forever stamp
Image Credit: Linns.com

According to US news sites on Thursday, April 15, 2011, the US Postal Service (USPS) admitted that the Statue of Liberty image used in Liberty Forever stamp released last December is not the original Lady Liberty monument in New York Harbor.

Apparently, USPS said that Lady Liberty image in the said stamp came from the 150-feet Statue of Liberty, located outside the New York-New York Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas.

“We got the image from Getty, who just listed it as Lady Liberty,” USPS spokesman Roy Betts told the Washington Post, noting that around 1.5 billion copies have already been produced.

“They didn’t indicate replica. Now, since it’s been discovered that it is a replica, if you were to go to Getty’s website, they list it as a replica.” The spokesman added, as the controversial stamp will remain in circulation.

Meanwhile, as revealed at Linn’s Stamp news site earlier, the rectangular patch on the image of the Statue of Liberty used in the recent Liberty Forever stamp is the same as the one in the statue at Las Vegas, but different from the original statue.

In addition, the hair across the top and at the side of the Statue of Liberty replica’s face has different characteristics as compared to the one on the original statue.

Nevertheless, it can also be noticed somehow that the eyes, eyelids and eyebrows on the replica seemed to be more sharply defined than on the original Lady Liberty statue.



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