Inverted Jenny and Belgian Dendermonde stamp
Varieties always catch the imagination of lots of collectors, but the most attracting variety undoubtedly is that of the stamps with the inverted midpieces
We just present you two of them:
Inverted Jenny from the US.
Released in 1918, this is a stamp, which belongs to the masterpieces in America's mail history. From a sheet with 100 stamps, 98 were found back already, so there are two specimens still to be found back. A clue for those searching: the stamps were sold in Washington, DC. With a catalogue value of about 170.000 dollar, such stamps are regularly offered at American auctions for over 100.000 dollar. When interested in this subject, one should really read Jenny, the book by George Amick.
Very regularly, new stories turn up about the stamps' owners. In that respect, the following article is fine reading material:
Omgekeerde Dendermonde ("Dendermonde (Belgian town) upside down") from Belgium.
In August 1920, a postal employee in the post office of Gent (B) sold the greater part of a sheet of 25 stamps picturing the Dendermonde town hall. We just present you two of them:
Unlike the general assumption, it is the framework which was printed upside down, not the inner part. But, of course, an inner part which is turned upside down is much more photogenic.
Today, a total of 14 new and 2 postmarked stamps is found back. Three specimens would still be missing. These stamps too regularly pop up during auctions, with an average price of 63.000 dollar. Notice that these numbers are much smaller than those of the inverted Jenny.
These, of course, are not the only exemples, e.g. the Democratic Republic of Congo too has got a number of remarkable inverted midpieces.