Spain 1853 Spain is unusual in the sheer number of forgeries in the early issues so I present them by year
Engraved by José Pérez Vare Printed in typography at the National Stamp Factory. Size 18.5 x 22.4 mm. Sheets of 170 stamps. Postal validity until December 31, 1853. Quantities issued; 6 cuartos, 12,768,942 12 cuartos, 151,799 2 reales, 3,875 5 reales, 67,550 6 reales, 13,900
For more on this issue, follow this LINK - 25 page HD pdf.
sforgca , we appreciate you not only sharing this info with us,
Stamp forgery "experts" are divided into 2 classes: those who openly share and those who do not and rather publish books on the subject Many of my contacts such as Dr. Ceresa (Russia) or Grauss (Spain) were of the former. Unfortunately with their passing the information (websites) has disappeared. Their lives work and extensive collections have gone to auctions to be been broken up and dispersed. I can hopefully put some of their work back together and share it.
Following the outbreak of the Civil War, There was a need to save metals and deal with the coin shortage. Merchants issued notes of credit, promises to pay, tokens, store cards, etc. Stamp currency, also referred to as shinplasters (look up why they are called this), was introduced by the the United States federal government by the Treasurer (Francis Spinner) to resolve the coin shortage.
Although not really postage stamps the currency is listed in the Scott US Specialized. The front was engraved and printed by the National Bank Note Co. The back engraved and printed by the American Bank Note Co. This may account for the rare types with the back reversed. The later series was printed entirely by the National Banknote Co. With some being perforated.
In 1876, Congress authorized the minting of silver coins to redeem the outstanding fractional currency. As with so many other “stamp” issues, they were extensively forged.
I was wondering if there is any way to contact their estates respectively, in regards to being able to place his life's work on line back on line...
Once the site goes down from lack of financial support, it is basically impossible to revive it. The original host generally removes the files after a time. Sometimes you can access all or part of the site through Internet Archives but in the case of the ones I dealt with they are not available. I saw the auctions and the lots went for large sums - a few hundred thousand for all the lots together - not in my league. I doubt the buyers had the intention of continuing their work as many of the stamps were rare and some forgeries were unique which can make them valuable.
That is too bad. It is a shame to lose such knowledge... no matter... I feel as though you would be able to rekindle these works. And I have a feeling that some of your forgeries are just as rare and just as grand to view. Only, don't let your work be for naught. Get it done and published. I know I will not stop until mine is typed up and at the publishers It is done, but it is not yet fully transcribed in the type written work. Most of it is still flowing around my desk, hand written, however I have already told my wife where to find all the bits and pieces just in case this last bout in the hospital was my last... I am happy to report... it was not Thank you once again for the great work and knowledge you freely give to us here. I know I speak for more than myself when I say... Thank you. Your contributions have been and are priceless.
Costa Rica stamps are a favourite of Central and South America collectors. Their stamps are affordable with plenty of variations for the advanced collector. As their main website says, “If you are looking for Elvis or Disney stamps, this is the wrong country to collect” The first issue of stamps was printed by the American Bank Note Co. Collectors frequently have most of the first issues and given their low value would be surprised that they were extensively forged with many bogus (non-existent) issues.
An Inland Post Office was set up on August 1st, 1851. A need for postage stamps arose for the purpose of denoting the prepayment of the inland postal rate. Perkins, Bacon & Co. was asked what would be the expense of substituting the name of the island on stamps for Mauritius or Trinidad. Fortunately the original die was without the name. This expedited the printing and they decided not to print any name and use the same die to print different colors denoting a specific value. The quantities and dates are noted below. The initial shipment of the 2d on the SS Amazon mail ship (below) was lost at sea by fire.
During this period of turmoil and famine many legitimate charity stamps were issued through the POMGOL However some forgers took advantage of the situation to create Bogus (Fantasy) issues for collectors. One of the primary sources appears to come from Italy and a certain Marco Fontano is implicated. The demand for these was so great that other forgers made copies of the bogus issues.
Spain 1854 The first issue that does not feature the queen. Designed by José Pérez Vareta. Printed in typography in the National Stamp Factory. Shade varieties exist for all stamps. It represents the shield of Spain, with the royal crown and the arms of Castile, León, Barbón and Granada, surrounded by the Golden Fleece necklace, on the background of color. The link below describes over 50 forgeries of this issue.
What a wonderful post. The only forgeries I collect are Nova Scotia. I have a nice collection of these stamps. I have been seeing more forgeries come up for sale on EBay in the last months. I have very little knowledge of the different forgeries. A little bit of of a research project for me.
The Danube and Black Sea Railway ran between Czernawoda on the Danube, via Medjidie and Kustendje on the Black Sea , the latter being the terminus of the main line from Budapest; the railway was 46 miles in length. The D.B.S.R. was incorporated in 1857 and completed in 1860. The local post came into being in 1867 due to an agreement between the D.B.S.R. and the Kustendje Harbour Company for the carriage of mail by the railway; at the same time a stamp of 20 paras denomination was issued by the D.B.S.R. to frank these letters. A rare case of a single issue printed in small quantities. A relatively low CV probably due to the large volumes of unauthorized reprints and forgeries.
After Austria collapsed in 1918, Bosnia and Herzegovina was incorporated into the new formed country called the Kingdom of the Serbs, Croats, and Slovenes, later known as Yugoslavia. For a time the local authorities in Bosnia simply used stocks of Austrian stamps, generally but not always overprinted with the new country's name. Some of the Bosnian Girl stamps were perforated and used for regular postage in the new country
One of the most sought after stamps both for their rarity and simplicity of design. As the overprinted French stamps were completely exhausted it was decreed that provisionals be printed and exclusively used in Diego-Suarez. This need probably accounts for the simple design. Although these stamps are now considered as classics, the initial reaction was less than favorable; From the American Philatelist 1891 “Not content with the quartet of horribles inflicted upon us last year, the authorities have just issued a new provisional of local workmanship. "A very sad stamp" is a free translation of M. Moens' comment concerning it. We think our readers will agree with him.”
This issue is often found in old collection but rarely is it genuine.
1918 Zharki Issue During World War I, Zarki belonged to the district of Dabrowa. On August 27, 1918, the Zarki city council requested permission from the officer in charge of Civil Affairs to issue a local post. On September 18, 1918, the city council requested permission to collect delivery payments and issue stamps. Delivery service was established with rates denominated in Heller, the currency of the Austria-Hungarian Empire that occupied the region at the time. Delivery rates were 3h for newspapers and postcards, 5h for letters, and 12h for registered and express mail. This issue is very common in WW collections and many more forgeries than originals exist.
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