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1854 -1882 Helvetia Stamps

 
 
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Posted 10/08/2019   4:06 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add manosp to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Are there any forgeries here?



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Posted 10/08/2019   4:24 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add StatesmanStamper to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi.

You might check here to see general descriptions.

http://stampsmarter.com/learning/do...oadWeeds.php

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Outright forgeries are not a concern with these issues. However, forged perforations or reperfing is a problem, particularly with the Standing Helvetia issue. Second are fake cancels applied to stamps that are more valuable used, though likely not a problem with any of the above.

It is most important to identify these stamps properly by watermark and perforation.
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Thanks StatesmanStamper & hy-brasil

hy-brasil, I understand your point ! Actually the sitting helvetia issue has differences on the paper (white paper till 1881 and the latest issue 1882 granite paper), what I concern is the 40 rappen "strubel" how you can tell if it is an issue of 1854 or 1858?
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For the 40 rappen, the 1854 stamp is on thin paper, the 1858 stamp is on thick paper; that is a main test. The difference is pretty clear, with the thin paper quite flexible. The Sitting Helvetia issue with FRANCO comes on thin and thick papers and I think provide a good paper thickness comparison if needed.

I also believe that the 1854 and 1855 Strubels are a much brighter and paler color than the 1858 ones. Yours looks like the 1858 issue.
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Thanks for the mention hy-brasil ! Its thick paper for sure !
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