Design errors - BELGIUM



1912

How many tails has the Belgian lion ? One or two ?
 


1914

The statue has been inverted on the stamp.
 


1915

5 FRANKEN is grammatically wrong, and was corrected to 5 FRANK
 


1915

The incorrect inscription 1,10 FRANKEN was soon corrected to 1,10 FRANK on those railwaystamp.
 


1919

There has always been a confusion about the accent on the name of the city of Liege. Correct however is : Liège.
 


1925

Commemoration of the first Belgian stamp. In the lower left corner, the name of the engraver was added : Jacques WIENER. In fact the first dies of this stamps were prepared by the Englishman J.H. ROBINSON.
 


1927

Rowing boat in turbulent water, without oars !
 


1930

Both Italy and Belgium claimed that one of their citizens invented the dynamo. One of those stamps is certainly incorrect.
 


1930

Series of stamps showing a plane flying over various Belgian cities. However this plane does not bore the Belgian marks (OO) but the Italian registration marks (I).
 


1940

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
 


1942

In Belgium trains drive left, thus the signals are at the left side of the rails. There is no reason why the driver looks outside through the right window.
 


1944

Playing cards do not have three top rows.
 


1948

In België, the double dot is placed on the E, not on the I.
 


1948

The tower shown on this stamp was nevere built.
 


1950

Private issue celebrating the end of World War II. Inverted overprint and corrected stamps.
 


1952

In more than 40 years, King Boudouin was only featured once without spectacles.
 


1957

Missing hyphen between BADEN and POWELL. The correct name is BADEN-POWELL
 


1958

Both stamps belong to the same series, one with ORGANIZATION, the other with ORGANISATION.
 


1962

The name of the first Belgian queen was Louise-Marie, not Marie-Louise. A stamp with the wrong initials ML was withdrawn and replaced by a stamp with the correct L first letter.
 


1963

Stamp issued in 1963 to commemorate the centenary of the birth of Jules DESTREE. However a wrong birth date 1864 was given instead of 1863.
 


1964

Wrong : DE LE PASTURE - Correct : DE LA PASTURE
 


1964

Wrong : DE LE PASTURE - Correct : DE LA PASTURE
 


1965

According to the legend, the angel Michael is fighting a devil, not a drake.
 


1965

The pastoral ring is missing on a finger of the right hand.
 


1965

Wrong : ECHINOCACTUS - Correct : ECHINOCEREUS
 


1967

Bilingual stamp. There is no reason why the name of the city of Liège was not translated into LUIK.
 


1968

Wrong : CUVELIER - Correct : CUVIER.
 


1969

The blue colour on the flag from The Netherlands and Luxembourg are slightly different, but not for the designer of this stamp.
 


1969

The postal logo was never put at the front of a Belgian train.
 


1970

In this 'flaming sun' the number of threads are supposed to match the number of coutries in CEPT, 24 at the time the common issue of this stamp was conceived, but before the stamp was issued Jugoslavia and Malta also joined, so there should have been 26 threads (France and Andorra got it right).
 


1971

As there is a strong shadow under the scientist, there is no reason why this shadow is missing around the penguins.
 


1971

Wrong representation of the Olympic rings.
 


1972

Greenland is missing on the map in the red heart.
 


1976

The Belgian Cardinal Mercier was born in 1851, not in 1856
 


1977

Almost perfect copy, except the board in the back ground : identical flowers on the stamp, but different signs in réality.
 


1978

In the post office of Zele, a postmark with a single circle was only usedfrom December 1878 onwards. In April of that year, a postmark with two circles was in use.
 


1979

Too large stamps, probably made for giant letters.
 


1987

Stamp issued to commemorate the designer of the first Belgian stamp. It was however not Jakob Wiener, but J.H. Robinson.
 


1987

One of the players seems to have only 4 fingers at each hand.
 


1989

The announcement leaflet showed a stamp with this statue facing right. The Post Office was forced to correct the stamp design before it was put on the market.
 


1989

Combined issue Belgium-Netherland. On the Belgian stamp, the island of Marken is missing, correct on the Dutch stamp.
 


1993

Stamp featuring a famous old Belgian stamp ... with two damaged teeth.
 


1993

It is obvious that the designer was not an engineer, as he forgot to fix the wheel.
 


1994

Stamp issued in 1994 to commemorate the visit of the Pope to Belgium. The visit however was postponed till June 1995.
 


1998

The Thalys has only one big front window, and in the logo, the name is placed on the left.
 


1998

In soccer, the rectangle around the goal is 5,5 m width, thus three times the size of a player.
 


1998

In a booklet with five pairs of two stamps, those two stamps should have been identical, ... except for an additional dot !
 


2013

Flying plane with stopped engine
 


2014

When illuminated with UV-light, the stamp shows an ON/OFF switch on the earth, emphasing the action against climate change by switching off the lights during one hour.
 


2014

The design on this stamp is made from text of the universal human rights convention.
 


2014

Children palying near a railway ? Where are the elementary security rules ?