According to the paper, "Royal Mail was forced to recall thousands of its Glorious England stamp sets, which were to be released on St George's day, because the Isle of Wight was misspelt "Isle of White".
Postal workers attempted to recall every set and destroy them but up to 100 are believed to have gone into circulation.
Stamp dealer Allan Grant was one of hundreds of philatelists who received their stamps early. He received an urgent message telling him to send them back.
Grant is quoted as saying, "We had to return all of ours, but there were a lot of post offices that didn't get the letter to withdraw them in time and members of the public bought them."
The Glorious England stamps, which come on a self-adhesive backing, were printed in France although the error is understood to have been made in England some months before the printing process began according to the article.
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