Canada Post destroys thousands of error stamps

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03 August 2015
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Canada Post have been forced to withdraw and destroy thousands of recently issued UNESCO World Heritage Sites stamps following the discovery that the $1.20 stamp shows the wrong location. ...
Canada Post have been forced to withdraw and destroy thousands of recently issued UNESCO World Heritage Sites stamps following the discovery that the $1.20 stamp shows the wrong location.

The five new stamps, which are ‘part of a multi-year series showcasing UNESCO World Heritage Sites throughout Canada’, included one value featuring Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta, but just hours after the stamps were issued, local tourism officials pointed out that the photograph showing unusual rock formations known as ‘hoodoos’ was actually of a different location around sixty miles away.

Canada Post spokeswoman Anik Losier said:

‘The error was noted on the day of issue by an expert in Alberta. Immediately an investigation was launched which confirmed that indeed the photo intended to depict the hoodoos of Dinosaur Provincial Park was the wrong one (from another park, about 200 km away).

'Upon this confirmation, stamps and related products were removed from our online and mail order site. We recalled all products from our post office network of 6,000 stores. The stamps will be destroyed. We are currently working on a new stamp to be issued in the near future.

'We apologise for this unfortunate incident and any confusion it may have caused. We’ve also reviewed our approval processes to ensure errors of this nature do not happen in the future.’

Read more about this story in the September 2015 issue of Stamp & Coin Mart.
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