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QUESTION: Hello William,
  
  My name is Andre and I believe I have a 1975 13 cent Liberty Bell 1st day cover with the wrong stamp on it. The stamp that is on the 1st day issue is a 1976 9 cent Right of People Peace to Assemble. I have looked for information about incorrect 1st day issues and have found nothing. I have in-closed a few pictures. I truly hope you can tell me something. I have more pictures if you need more. I am only able to attach two with this question.
     
        Thanks Much,
         Andrea

ANSWER: Hi Andrea,

 You do not have an error FDC.  The 9c Americana stamp was also issued on Nov. 24, 1975 and the cachet on that cover is generic, not a Liberty Bell cachet to be used only with a Liberty Bell stamp, but rather, as the inscription says "Vignettes for Americana Issued For New Postage Rates". Hope this helps.

Bill

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QUESTION: I do have another Liberty Bell FDC and yes, it looks different. How do you tell the difference between a generic FDC and non generic?
   
   Thanks,
     Andrea

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By "generic" I mean a cachet that could be used on more than one stamp isue. Most cachets were specifically designed for just one stamp but some (like yours) were used for multiple stamps or a series.  Those designed for a specific stamp are more prized than generic (they are actually called "General Purpose Cachets") by collectors, although on more modern FDCs (such as yours) the value is so little that it really doesn't matter what kind of cachet was used.

Bill

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William R. Weiss, Jr.

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