Canal Zone Early Counterfeits
In the first issue of Canal Zone, the three
stamps overprinted with a handstamp, "Canal
Zone," Scott's Nos. 1, 2 and 3, there are
Some of them are very deceptive and one
brand in particular is frequently seen
cancelled and many of these are on covers.
The cancellations are the towns where the
stamps were used, and a standard type of
long horizontal bars used in the Zone at
In these, I could always detect the fraudulent
Canal Zone overprint but the cancellations
had me baffled because they matched so
perfectly the known originals, --
until I discovered that the faked overprints
were made while the stamps were in current
use (about three weeks during June and July,
1904), and then placed on covers and sent
through the mails.
The stock of the genuine issue was limited and
sales at the post offices were restricted to
small quantities hence the incentive to fakery.
The fakes on cover are usually postmarked at
Ancon, and addressed to "Eisemann & Eleta," or
"G. Sopardo," at Panama, and the covers back-
stamped at Panama.
Quite a number of them were used during the
period. In the case of the 2¢ rose, many
of the stamps are on the wrong basic Panama
issue, the stamp having the large "Panama"
where in the originals only the small
"Panama" was used. So we have interesting
fakes, postally used on covers.
- George B. Sloane
March 27, 1948
1904, 2c Rose, "Panama" Reading Down and
Up, "Canal Zone" Inverted (Scott 1e).
Position 1, neat strike of "Culebra,
Canal Zone, Jun. 25, 1904" circular
datestamp, rich color
FINE. THE UNIQUE USED EXAMPLE OF CANAL
ZONE NUMBER ONE WITH "CANAL ZONE" INVERTED
AND "PANAMA" READING DOWN AND UP. ONE OF
THE GREAT RARITIES OF CANAL ZONE PHILATELY.
One pane of 100 was printed with "Canal
Zone" inverted. There were two positions
on the pane with "Panama" reading down
and up: Positions 1 and 100. The example
shown here was used on the first day of
use of the cancel at Culebra.http://www.siegelauctions.com/2003/856/507.jpg
1904, 5c Blue (Scott 2). Left margin block
of four, Positions 21-22/31-32, bottom left
stamp "Panama" 2-1/4mm below bar, traces of
tropicalized original gum, bright colors,
light creases in top left sheet margin only,
otherwise fresh and Fine, only 156 examples
of this variety were printed, with 1968 P.F.
1904, 10c Yellow, Left "Panama" 2-1/4mm
Below Bar (Scott 3-var). Tied by "La Boca *
Canal Zone * Jul. 12, 1904" handstamp on
cover to Panama City, Ancon (Jul. 13 with
"13" inverted) and Panama Agency (Jul. 13)
backstamps, rich color, Very Fine and
choice, only 100 were printed, of these
only two unused and five used are known,
ex Plass, with 1969 A.P.S. certificate.http://www.siegelauctions.com/2003/856/515.jpg