EXTREMELY FINE. THIS WAS THE FIRST NON-INVERTED JENNY SHEET TO APPEAR AT AUCTION, IN OUR 2014 RARITIES OF THE WORLD SALE, AFTER IT WAS DISCOVERED BY DAVID AND GAIL ROBINSON OF RICHMOND, VIRGINIA. ONLY 100 WERE DISTRIBUTED TO RANDOM POST OFFICES AROUND THE COUNTRY, AND ONLY 32 HAVE BEEN DISCOVERED. A PHENOMENAL MODERN RARITY.
According to the U.S. Postal Service's website (https://about.usps.com/postal-bulletin/2013/pb22371/html/info_003.htm ) and other sources, the $2.00 Inverted Jenny souvenir sheet went on sale nationwide September 22, 2013, and a ceremony was held on that day at the National Postal Museum. The souvenir sheet was printed using the intaglio printing process and plates made from the original dies used to produce the 1918 24c Air Post stamp (Scott C3). The denomination was changed to make it easily distinguishable from the original. The souvenir sheet background depicts the original airmail route, the National Postal Museum, and aviation pioneer Reuben H. Fleet.
A special automatic distribution was done to all post offices. Pre-orders and re-orders through stamp distribution offices or centers were not allowed once original automatic distribution quantities were sold. A total of 13,200,600 stamps were printed, which translates into 2,200,100 souvenir sheets of six. They were printed six souvenir sheets at a time, and their position on the plate is noted on back of each. The sheets were sold individually wrapped in cellophane, which collectors questioned at the time of issue.
The reason for the odd quantity and cellophane wrapping was revealed shortly after the release of the souvenir sheets, when an upright example was discovered by a collector in Ontario, Canada. The USPS then revealed that 100 had been created and randomly seeded throughout their distribution system. The cellophane wrappers were used to prevent searching through stocks for the upright designs -- souvenir sheets with opened cellophane were not returnable. As of June 2017, only 32 have been discovered.
The souvenir sheet offered here was originally discovered by David and Gail Robinson in Virginia. It was acquired by the present owner in our 2014 Rarities of the World sale.