Statue of Liberty Stamp Shows Wrong Lady Liberty

You might say this is one monumental case of mail fraud.

Due to a United States Postal Service gaffe, a stamp intended to commemorate New York City's Statue of Liberty features a picture of a Las Vegas replica instead.

Though the stamp was supposed to show the real Lady Liberty, the "forever" stamp uses a photograph of a half-sized, 14-year-old rip-off at the New York-New York casino in Nevada, The New York Times reports.

The U.S. Postal Service has issued a new Statue of Liberty stamp that's accidentally based on the replica at the New York-New York casino in Las Vegas.

The USPS acquired the picture from a stock photography service and sold the stamp accompanied by a brief history of the New York icon -- not the Las Vegas replica, which features different hair, different eyes and a discolored rectangle on its crown.

But the post office isn't going to return this stamp to sender, choosing instead to keep it in circulation.

"We still love the stamp design and would have selected this photograph anyway," USPS spokesman Roy Betts told the paper.

The decision might irk some New Yorkers, but a spokesman for the New York-New York casino says the post office has the liberty to honor Lady Liberty however it likes.

"Everyone thought the post office was honoring just one great American institution when in reality they were honoring two -- the Statue of Liberty and Las Vegas," said MGM Resorts International spokesman Gordon Absher.

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