According to the latest philatelic news received by StampNews.com one of the two missing 1918 United States Jenny Invert airmail error stamps from the famed McCoy block that was stolen in 1955 was recovered in early April.
In 1955, a block of four rare postage stamps was stolen from a display case at a convention. Over the years, two were recovered, but there were no signs of the others ‒ until now.
Six decades after four of the U.S. Postal Service's most celebrated misprints were brashly stolen from a collectors' convention, one of the missing "inverted Jenny" stamps surfaced this month at a New York auction house. The 1918 stamps, featuring an airplane printed upside-down, are among the world's most famous pieces of postage.
"It's one of the most notorious crimes in philatelic history, and there's a piece of the puzzle now that's in place", said Scott English, the administrator of the American Philatelic Research Library, which owns the stamp.
Auctioneer Spink USA in New York City announced the electrifying find April 15.
Spink reported that after "careful examination" the stamp was "determined to be position 76 in the pane of 100 subjects. This position is the bottom right stamp from the famous McCoy block of four, which was stolen out of its exhibition frame in 1955 during the American Philatelic Society convention in Norfolk, Virginia".
It was submitted to auctioneer Spink USA by a man from the United Kingdom who had inherited it from his grandfather and said he didn't know much about it, said George Eveleth, head of the Spink USA philatelic department. Authenticators determined it was not only a genuine Jenny ‒ one of only 100 ever sold ‒ but also one of the four from the 1955 heist.
Eveleth said authorities had told the auctioneers not to release the name of the consigner, who is in his 20s, and it's unclear whether he has an attorney who could comment on the developments.
"This is one of the most exciting events in my 38 year career in the stamp auction business", said George Eveleth of the Spink USA philatelic department.
There has been no sign of any of the four stolen Jenny stamps in over 30 years, since two others were recovered in the 1980s and '70s. The whereabouts of the fourth are still unknown.
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