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The Most Terrible Forgery I Have Seen Today.

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Posted 02/01/2021   1:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add bookbndrbob to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This one is a Spiro Brothers forgery of the "crown and posthorn" series 3c stamp of 1874. The genuine stamps are on watermarked paper, and the lettering is sharp and clear. Most notably, the Spiro forgeries lack a hyphen between "DANSK" and "VESTINDIE".

From Varro Tyler's Focus on Forgeries, "Within two years of their appearance, the five original values of this definitive series first issued in 1874 were imitated by the Spiro Brothers in Hamburg, Germany. The original stamps were printed by typography (letterpress). The forgeries, which are still common, were reproduced by lithography."


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Edited by bookbndrbob - 02/01/2021 3:13 pm
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Posted 02/04/2021   3:36 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rich60 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
My most terrible forgery of the day is

German Southwest Africa 1 Mark




Uuugggh makes me cringe - anyway off to my forgeries collection

Rich
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Posted 02/23/2021   09:11 am  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add perf12 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Seller claiming it is a wrapper.When in fact it is with a forged stamp (Parma Governo Provvisoro 1859, 9 centesimi) and cancel.Bogus wrapper.There are many forgeries on the market.Genuine stamps used on covers or newspapers are scarce.

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