One Florida resident may be out $100,000. An absentee ballot was mailed using an apparent rare stamp worth $200,000, but election laws prohibit officials from opening a ballot box once it has been sealed. There was no name on the ballot. Ballots are kept for 22 months. After that, Broward County election officials say they destroy the ballots. A spokesperson for the supervisor of elections says the office has been too busy with the recent election to deal with the stamp.

The stamp is an Inverted Jenny, showing a Curtiss JN-4 airplane upside down. The Curtiss Jenny was the plane chosen to carry mail from city to city on air mail’s inaugural route in 1918. The stamps were printed in 1918. The stamps were printed in two colors and had to be put through the machine twice. Four sheets went through the machine backward, and three were caught. One sheet of 100 stamps was released. The stamps are worth more individually than as a sheet. The sheet was broken a block of eight and several blocks of four. The rest were sold individually. Stamp collectors have been looking for all 100 stamps for 88 years. In 2005, a U.S. financier purchased a block of stamps for $2.9 million.

If the stamp found in Florida is authentic, stamp collectors say it may only be worth $20,000 to $100,000 since it was used.

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