Royal Mail Stamp and the Photo of “D-Day” That Wasn’t

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Every now and then mistakes are made on coins or stamps. It usually means they’ll be exceedingly valuable to collectors (philatelists). Royal Mail made a blunder on a new stamp that could have placed it in the priceless category. That is, if they hadn’t caught it before production.


Note the photo on the top right hand corner that is labeled “D-Day”- it’s supposed to be part of the “Best of British” commemoratives. Only…the picture is of US Marines landing – not in Normandy, but in Dutch New Guinea.  Oh, and it was a month before D-Day.

Military Times wrote:

The United Kingdom’s Royal Mail postal service launched a 2019 “Best of British” campaign Thursday to celebrate centuries of British history and accomplishments.

Stamps highlighting British customs, engineering, photography, forests, as well as the bicentenaries of the birth of both Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, are all part of a postal roll-out that “commemorates anniversaries and celebrates events and popular culture relevant to UK heritage and life,” according to a Royal Mail release.

One portion of commemorative series, however, has the Royal Mail under fire: A stamp honoring the 75th anniversary of British soldiers landing on the beaches of Normandy, France, on June 6, 1944 — D-Day — actually features a photograph of U.S. troops wading ashore in Dutch New Guinea, nearly 8,500 miles away.

The image, taken one month before the D-Day landings, is an official U.S. Coast Guard photograph that was featured in a July 1944 issue of “All Hands” magazine. It can be found in the digital archives of the National WWII Museum.

Oops. And it didn’t go unnoticed.

Royal Mail apologized and emphatically stated that the image would not be in the collection. Stamp collectors were disappointed. Another potential bonanza destroyed by Twitter.

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