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Missing letter
Cristmas, without H, soon corrected in Christmas
(NEW ZEALAND - 1985)




Dfutsches Reich
Some of those Germania-stamps show DFUTSCHES REICH instead of DEUTSCHES REICH.
(GERMANY - 1902)




MECEDES instead of MERCEDES
This is obviously a MERCEDES car, not a MECEDES
(GAMBIA - 1986)




LARL BENZ instead of CARL BENZ
The inventor of the diesel engine of course was CARL BENZ, not LARL BENZ
(GAMBIA - 1986)




KINIGDOM instead of KINGDOM
Wrong : KINIGDOM OF JORDAN - Correct : KINGDOM OF JORDAN
(JORDAN - 1971)




MEMORIAN instead of MEMORIAM
Wrong : IN MEMORIAN - Correct : IN MEMORIAM
(BRAZIL - 1964)




BEOUIA instead of BEQUIA
Wrong : BEOUIA - Correct : BEQUIA
(SAINT VINCENT - 1965)




HOME SOCIETY instead of HOME SEVRETARY.
Governor Philip meeting the Home Society ? After a corrected stamp had been issued, we knew that he met the Home Secretary !
(NORFOLK - 1986)




PNNEY instead of PENNY.
PNNEY instead of PENNY in the overprint on the right stamp.
(MALTA - 1900)




Missing letter
Missing letter R of République in the overprint
(LEBANON - )




Wrong location name
Wrong and correct name on the same stamp. Wrong : Kimerlite - Correct : Kimberlite
(LESOTHO - 1973)




Short instead of long S
Oswald has to be written with a long S
(AUSTRIA - 1977)




Short instead of long S
Deutsches was first written with a short S, and afterwards corrected with a long S on new stamps
(GERMANY - 1921)




Wrong capital letter
Einig, in the middle of a sentence, has to be written with e instead of E
(GERMANY - 1900)




Colour shift
Due to a colour shift, België became Belgïe.
(BELGIUM - 1965)




Lost zero
Preprinted postcard, with a lost ZERO somewhere in the preprinted stamp.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - )




Wrong letter
Wrong letter : FOSTAL instead of POSTAL
(ANTIGUA - 1974)




Forgotten letter
Forgotten letter : ENLISH instead of ENGLISH
(ANTIGUA - 1974)




Language error
Wrong : Conférance - Correct : Conférence
(UNITED ARAB REPUBLIC - 1959)




Language and date errror
MADECINE and ANNIVERAIRE instead of MEDECINE and ANNIVERSAIRE. Furthermore the 21st anniversary in 1952 was followed by the 23rd anniversary in 1953 !
(AFGHANISTAN - 1953)




Missing letter
WIR SCHWÖREN was written correctly many times, except once right below : WIR SCWÖREN
(GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC - 1970)




Wrong letters
The incorrect mention TYPI…. was corrected into TIPY…..
(GREECE - 1937)




Language error
DEFENCE was corrected afterwards in DEFENSE
(EGYPT - 1953)




Language error
Some of those private stamps mention BYBOST instead of BYPOST
(DENMARK - )




Language error
Both stamps belong to the same series, one with ORGANIZATION, the other with ORGANISATION.
(BELGIUM - 1958)




Missing sentence
The mention NATIONAL TRUST HOUSE AND GARDEN is missing on the cover on one of those booklets
(UNITED KINGDOM - )




Wrong name
NIEDZIGA was corrected in NIEDZICA
(POLAND - 1952)




Wrong name
NAMBIA of course is not correct, it should have been NAMIBIA
(SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC - )




Missing letter
An S is missing in MISSISSIPI, on the seal in the middle of this stamp. The designer of the stamp had no other choice than to copy carefully this error.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - 1948)




At least three errors
Right below : SIDNEY instead of SYDNEY - Above : VAN DIEMAN instead of VAN DIEMEN - Right below : the opera building and the bridge are reversed in the stamp
(TONGA - 1988)




Wrong name
SOMLYÓ was corrected afterwards into SOMLÓ
(HUNGARY - 1960)




Wrong name
JESSLETON was corrected afterwards into JESSELTON
(NORTH BORNEO - )




Missing letter
All the 5 stamps of this sheet mention COOK ISLANS instead of COOK ISLANDS
(PENRHYN - 1983)




Wrong name
Wrong : CZECHESLOVAKIA - Correct : CZECHOSLOVAKIA
(SIERRA LEONE - 1990)




Wrong name
Wrong : COLUMBIA - Correct : COLOMBIA
(SIERRA LEONE - 1990)




Wrong name
Wrong : URAGUAY - Correct : URUGUAY
(SIERRA LEONE - 1990)




Wrong name
When Nyasaland became Malawi, lake Nyasa of course became lake Malawi. This was first forgotten, afterwards a corrected stamp was issued.
(MALAWI - 1965)




Wrong name
Series of 9 stamps, one for each Belgian Province, with the name of the province capital in the 2 national languages, first the local language, then the other one. For the province of Luxemburg, a correct mention should have been ARLON - AARLEN
(BELGIUM - 1940)




Wrong name
FDG to commemorate the start of postal services on the USS ALMACK. Unfortunately the postmark showed ALMAACK instead of ALMACK.
(UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - )




Wrong date
The great Roman composer Porumbescu was born in 1853, as shown on a previously issued stamp. Not in 1854 as shown on a preprinted postcard.
(ROMANIA - 1954)




Rerublic !
RERUBLIC instead of REPUBLIC.
(SYRIAN ARAB REPUBLIC - )




Capital letter
The local currency TOEA is never written with a capital letter. A wrong stamp was corrected and reissued.
(PAPUA NEW GUINEA - )




Missing countryname
Former British stamps overprinted and used by GUYANA to mark the independence attained in 1966. On one stamp in every sheet, the overprint GUYANA is missing and substitued by 1966 (upper left)
(GUYANA - 1967)




Wrong letter
Small letter i in Afghanistan, all the other letters are capitals !
(AFGHANISTAN - 1952)




Language error
Wrong : Méres - Correct : Mères
(AFGHANISTAN - 1968)




Language error
AFGHANNES or AFGHANES ? Only one of them can be correct !
(AFGHANISTAN - )




Missing letter
Wrong : CARRIBEAN - Correct : CARRIBBEAN
(BAHAMAS - 1985)




Language error
EXPRÊS was corrected in EXPRÈS.
(CANADA - 1946)




Missing letter
Wrong : AUNE - Correct : FAUNE
(CANADA - 1995)




Ambigious inscription
The inscription IMPERIAL CHINESE POST was a little bit ambigious, and was later corrected in CHINESE IMPERIAL POST.
(CHINA - 1896)




Printing gremlin
On this Chinese commemorative FDC, COMMEMORATION is misspelt COMMERATION
(CHINA - 1947)




Wrong date
China offres an excellent service to philatelists, numbering and dating all their stamps. Except here … 1855 is not correct, the stamp was issued in 1955.
(CHINA - )




Wrong letter
A caracter was misspelt in the translation of REVENU, giving it a complete different sense. The stamp was corrrected.
(COCHIN - 1918)




Just one wrong letter.
Wrong : GROSSOPTILQN - Correct : GROSSOPTILON
(CHINA - 1989)




INMEDIATA
Wrong inscription INMEDIATA instead of IMMEDIATA, was corrected two years later.
(CUBA - 1900)




BRANLIO
BRANLIO was corrected in BRAULIO when a new stamp was issued.
(COSTA RICA - 1901)




One missing letter
Wrong : Mufflon - Correct : Moufflon. A corrected stamp was issued soon after the error was discovered
(CYPRUS - 1993)




Early death.
Stodola died in 1942, not in 1924 !
(CZECHOSLOVAKIA - 1959)




Impressive word.
INTERNATIAONAL looks impressive, but is of course not correct. Remove an A, and read INTERNATIONAL
(GERMAN DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC - 1970)




Two dates
Only on one stamp in a sheet, a second date appeared in the lower half of the stamp.
(ESTONIA - 1999)




Wrong flower name
Wrong : DALHIAS - Correct : DAHLIAS
(FRANCE - 1994)




Inverted letters
Wrong : ALDER PLANETARIUM - Correct : ADLER PLANETARIUM
(GAMBIA - 1992)




Wrong figure.
A printed 7 never has a small horizontal line. See other stamp.
(GERMANY - 1953)




Which is correct ?
Telecommunications or telecommunication : or the stamps, or the sheet is wrong.
(GHANA - 1965)




Missing letter
One of the stamps has a missing p after 12 !
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1980)




Foute benaming.
Cannonsreach bleek fout te zijn, en werd verbeterd in Canonsreach.
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1971)




Forgotten line
Stamp with an extract of a Parliamentary report. A whole line from the English version (between the 8th and 9th lines from the bottom) was omitted.
(GREECE - 1954)




Unexpected inversion.
The correct name of this crab is Chionoecetes OPILIO. The second part of the name has been inverted to OILIQO on the same stamp issued in a booklet.
(GREENLAND - 1993)




Language error.
Wrong : Austrailian - Correct : Australian
(GRENADA - 1992)




Reversed characters.
Two Chinese characters were printed in reverse order. The aerogramme was recalled and replaced by a correct one.
(HONG KONG - 1997)




Wrong currency.
On the brown stamp the local currency is indicated by Tt instead of Ft. Correct on the green stamp.
(HUNGARY - 1961)




Wrong language
If a name was written outside this russian vessel, it ought to have been in Cyrylllian letters, not in the Latin alphabet.
(HUNGARY - 1965)




Mixed inscriptions.
Stamps sshowing grapes and oranges, but the inscriptions were mixed up.
(IRAQ - 1970)




Wrong name.
Wrong : Femme BALOUE - Correct : Femme BAOULE
(IVORY COAST - 1936)




Wrong name
Wrong : ALPHA - Correct : ALFA
(LIBERIA - 1993)




Wrong name
The lake steamer CHAUNCY MAPLES had his name wrongly spelled as CHAUNCEY MAPLES. The name however was given correctly on a sheet
(MALAWI - 1975)




Wrong overprint
Wrong : Edhigburgh - Correct : Edingburgh
(MONTSERRAT - 1987)




Wrong letter.
I instead of L on the red 30c stamp
(NETHERLANDS - 1963)




Additional zero.
Used postal stationary card with, just below the face of Queen Juliana, a small circular mark.
(NETHERLANDS - 1970)




Wrong letter
C instead of Q in QUARTRO.
(NICARAGUA - 1898)




Wrong letter
DANAL de Panama ? They meaned CANAL, of course
(PANAMA - 1915)




Misspelt name
Dimitrie BRANDZA's name is mispelt as BRINDZA
(ROMANIA - 1961)




Typing error
In Czestochowa, the cedilla is below the C (ç), not below the Z
(VATICAN - 1966)




Missing letter
Missing letter in PACIFIC : PACFIC instead of PACIFIC.
(TOKELAU - 1989)




Wrong currency
The local currency is BAHT, and not BATH.
(THAILAND - 1974)




Missing space
Wrong : ... HOMINESET ... - Correct : ... HOMINES ET ...
(THAILAND - 1970)




No hyphen
There is no hyphen between SAINT and LOUIS.
(FRANCE - 1967)




Wrong name
Wrong : HANNA - Correct : HANNAH
(MALAGASY - 1975)




Additional comma
Additional comma : 0,37,5 ipv 0,375.
(VENEZUELA - 1939)




Double dot
Missing double dot. Was corrected.
(TURKEY - 1929)




One wrong letter
Wrong : OFFICIEL - Correct : OFFICIER.
(TOGO - 1997)




One wrong letter
Wrong : Bieuvenue - Correct : Bienvenue
(TOGO - 1988)




Wrong letter
Error in the country name in the local scripture. A corrected stamp was issued.
(PAKISTAN - 1961)




Language error
Wrong : HALBTHURN - Correct : HALBTURN
(AUSTRIA - 1968)




Letter inversion
Wrong on one stamp : ANNIVERSAIRO - Correct on the two other stamps : ANNIVERSARIO
(GUINEA BISSAU - 1983)




One wrong letter
Wrong : HIPPOCANPUS - Correct : HIPPOCAMPUS
(BARBADOS - 1965)




Inversion
The engraver Cz. Slania has signed all the stamps of this booklet ending with S C. On one of the stamps, however, the C is reversed.
(SWEDEN - 1968)




One R too much
Country and value in silver colour are almost invisible. Probably the reason why ÖSTERREICH is written ÖSTERRREICH with RRR.
(AUSTRIA - 2006)




Error in country name
Error in countryname on one of the stamps
(ALBANIA - 1985)




Error in name
In 1870, the Robert E. Lee won a famed steamboat race against the Natchez, going from St. Louis, Missouri to New Orleans, NATCHEZ is written NATCHES on the stamp.
(BHUTAN - 1989)




Missing hyphen
Missing hyphen in the name SANTOS-DUMONT
(BRAZIL - 1929)




Missing hyphen
Missing hyphen between BADEN and POWELL
(BRAZIL - 1957)




Gender error
Gender error : the local currency should be STOTINKA, not STOTINK. Was corrected
(BULGARIA - 1885)




Wrong number
China numbers and dates all there stamps. But here the 8F stamp from 1961 should be numbered 228, but instead was given 229 which is the number of the 10F stamp.
(CHINA - 1961)




Wrong year
China numbers and dates all their stamps. These stampswere neither issued in 1855 or in 1866, but in 1955.
(CHINA - 1955)




Error un name
Wrong : Cygnus colnmbianus - Correct : Cygnus columbianus
(CHINA - 1983)




Missing word
The caption on this stamp was intended to be 'Qilu 300.000-ton Ethylene Project'. The last word project is missing in the chines text.
(CHINA - 1988)




Missing stroke
The seal in the shape of the island in the upper right corner bears the four character for Hai Nan Jian Sheng, but one stroke is missing in the caracter for Nan. Correct on the other stamps.
(CHINA - 1988)




Typing error
In the overprint on one stamp, 1874 is written I874. Correct on the other stamp.
(COOK ISLANDS - 1965)




Typing error
Wrong : GELSENHIRCHEN - Correct : GELSENKIRCHEN
(COOK ISLANDS - 1974)




Typing error
Wrong : PEAL HARBOR - Correct : PEARL HARBOR. The error was corrected.
(MARSHALL - 1991)




Upside down letter
Inverted greek letter PHI in formula.
(CZECHOSLOVAKIA - 1967)




Wrong letter
Thurn UUD Taxis instead of UND.
(GERMANY - 1965)




Missing letter
Missing letter I in Algeria.
(ALGERIA - 2010)




Inversion of letters
Wrong : CALVARYMAN - Correct : CAVALRYMAN
(LESOTHO - )




Wrong letter
Wrong letter N instead of U in Institut, correct in Pasteur.
(FRANCE - 1987)




Wrong letter
Wrong : Kunslsammlungen - Correct : Kunstsammlungen
(GIBRALTAR - 1983)




Missing dot ?
Overprint with or without a dot ?
(ICELAND - 1922)




One letter too much
Wrong : CHAUSSEUR - Correct : CHASSEUR.
(TOGO - 1997)




Addditional letter
POSSTES instead of POSTES
(AFGHANISTAN - 1979)




Missing letter
Wrong : steamlined - Correct : streamlined.
(LIBERIA - 1979)




Additionel dot
An additional dot gives the L of Malawi an extra artistic touch.
(MALAWI - 1969)




One wrong letter
Wrong : tlavescens - Correct : flavescens
(MONGOLIA - 1973)




One letter too much
Wrong : dahuricum - Correct : dauricum
(MONGOLIA - 1973)




Flying letter
Additional letter M appears on some of these stamps.
(ROMANIA - 1957)




Wrong letter
Some stamps have a wrong character in Los Angeles.
(ROMANIA - 1984)




Lost letter
In front of the right wing, a clearly visible ring or letter O.
(SOLOMON ISLANDS - 1965)




Wrong letter
Wrong : REPUPLIQUE - Corrected in REPUBLIQUE.
(MALI - 1978)




Missing letter
Wrong : MILLIMES - Correct : MILLIÈMES.
(TUNISIA - 1961)




Wrong letter
Wrong : Excelris - Correct : Excelsis.
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1970)




Missing dots
Two missing dots : one on the i in David, the other on the second i in Livingstone.
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1973)




Missing letter
Initial of the first name of the engraver is missing on on of the stamps.
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1985)




Miissing letter
Missing D on one stamp of every sheet, correct on the others.
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1966)




Inverted letters
During a short period of independence, Tibet issued a series of stamps, some of them however featuring POTSAGE insead of POSTAGE.
(TIBET - 1912)




Missing dots
Turkey forgot the diaeresis from CÜMHURIYETI on some stamps.
(TURKEY - 1929)




Missing dots
The diaeresis on CÜMHURIYETI is sometimes forgotten on some Turkish stamps.
(TURKEY - )




Double error
The abbreviation of Franc is Fand not f. ANd the red and yellow colours have been mixed up in the upper part of the stamp.
(FRANCE - 1954)




Additional letter
Wrong : ANNIVERSSAIRE - Correct : ANNIVERSAIRE
(MONGOLIA - )




Wrong letter or variety ?
Misprint in one of the tabs : DJ instead of DU.
(YUGOSLAVIA - 1948)




One wrong letter
Wrong : TRAVANOORE - Correct on other stamps : TRAVANCORE.
(TRAVANCORE - 1899)




Wrong currency
As a Danish printer was asked to produce a series of stamps for the Swedish Stockhoms Lokalpost, the mistake that ocured could have been expected : the value was printed in ØRE (Danish) instead of ÖRE (Swedish). The error was corrected.
(SWEDEN - 1887)




Wrong letter
OFFICIAI instead of OFFICIAL in overprint.
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1896)




One wrong letter
Error in overprint. Wrong : KETAHKOTAAN - Correct : KEMAHKOTAAN.
(JOHORE - 1891)




Wrong abbreviation
DEZEMBER is not a correct spelling in Swedish, wrong abbreviation DEZ instead of DEC.
(SWEDEN - 1992)




Wrong letter
Wrong : Map with HAXCIVAN. Was later corrected in NAXCIVAN.
(AZERBAIDJAN - 1993)




Wrong letter
This is not an Alfa RAMEO, but an Alfa ROMEO
(BHUTAN - 1971)




Inverted letter
The R of République is inverted.
(FRANCE - 1900)




Missing letter
Correct citation : Me doctarum hederae praemia frontium - Wrong on stamp : Me doctarum ederae proemia frontium.
(ITALY - )




Additional letter
Wrong : Arnniversaire - Correct : Anniversaire.
(IRAN - 1956)




Wrong character
* instead of - between the figures on the overprint.
(SIERRA LEONE - 1963)




Wrong character
/ instead of - between the figures on the overprint.
(SIERRA LEONE - 1963)




Wrong character
. instead of - between the figures in the overprint.
(SIERRA LEONE - 1963)




Dot in overprint
Missing dot or additional dot ? Not clear, but at least one of the overprints is not correct.
(GIBRALTAR - 1964)




Not coherent
Not coherent : the letter U is represented as a V, as well as an U.
(FRANCE - 1923)




Inverted letter
Inverted E in overprint - Wrong and correct stamp.
(GREECE - 1936)




Small error
Even in the design of service items, some errors can be made : look at the Dutch text, the wrong 'h' was corrected into 'u' (uur).
(BELGIUM - 1960)




Missing dot
Variety : missing dot on the i of Ekonomisch on some stamps.
(BELGIUM - 1976)




Wrong letter
The motto in the coat-of-arms is misspelt 'Honi soit uui...' instead of 'qui...' (rather difficult to see as the postmark was just affixed on the wrong letter).
(NEW SOUTH WALES - 1888)




Wrong letter
JULMAERKER is wrongly spelt JULMAERKEX in old Gothoc letters.
(DENMARK - 1978)




Wrong letter
POSTKONTOR is wrongly spelt POSTKONTOX in old Gothoc letters.
(DENMARK - 1979)




Small letter
Small O in ONE on this red overprint.
(DOMINICA - 1916)




Wrong letter
Postes Afchanes instead of Afghanes.
(AFGHANISTAN - 1958)




Wrong letter
Inverted Q instead of O !
(UNITED KINGDOM - 1926)




Wrong letter
Wrong : siègle - Correct : Siècle
(BENIN - 1995)




Missing name
Missing name of Evita Peron was added in an new issue.
(ARGENTINA - 1952)




Error in name
Wrong : Dumarou - Correct : Oumarou.
(UPPER VOLTA - 1983)




Error in name
Wrong : Kervin - Correct : Kevin.
(CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC - 1985)




One space too much
AF GHANISTAN in two words
(AFGHANISTAN - 1956)




Error in country name
Wrong : Afghanestan - Correct : Afghanistan
(AFGHANISTAN - 1938)




Additional letter
Wrong : Frannçais - Correct : Français.
(GUINEA - 1998)




Wrong letter
Stamp showing the Crane-constellation. There is a little mistake in the Greek translation : TERANOS instead of GERANOS.
(FRANCE - 2008)




Wrong lettter
Wrong : Funeiary - Correct : Funerary.
(YEMEN - 1968)




Error in logo
Addition line in the letter R of the logo, see other stamp with the correct logo.
(MOLDOVA - )




3 language errors
Wrong : L occasion, anneé, refugié - Correct : L'occasion, année, réfugié.
(AFGHANISTAN - 1960)




Wrong letter
Wrong : loquitud - Correct : loquitur.
(SPAIN - 1986)




Missing letter
Wrong : PAIS - Correct : PAISA
(PAKISTAN - 1968)




Letter inversion
Spelling error in postmark : KARCAHI instead of KARACHI.
(PAKISTAN - 1989)