zepherusbane , Please replace the image with a good scan of just the blue & black ones - it is too small with all of them in a row. This is the one State that gives me trouble and is not high on the to do list Each value of the genuine has its own authenticity features A lot of the key features are in the embossed part - impossible to see from most scans
Here are the blue and black ones scanned at 2400dpi.
Worldwide collector of stamps and covers! I gave up on limiting to only certain countries.
zepherusbane , I assume they are not on on dark heavy paper - just a scanner setting Inverts do exist and are pricey for very good copies and under $150 for most. These would be $1500+ given the quality
Genuine left has an interrupted frame line and an identifying line in the bottom right that attaches the frames
This is a genuine invert with the features
Given the poor condition it was under $100
On yours the frame line is unbroken, the G & R are the wrong shape and the A N are too tall I do not have an inverted 1G as it is not listed unused and about $3-$5000 used in good condition
I can also confirm that the green ½t stamp (right-most stamp in zepherusbane's original picture on previous thread page) is also a fake -- it lacks the connecting line segment in the top frame and the short vertical line segment below BOLLO in the right panel.
In general, the originals are noted for specific discontinuities in the frame lines, and oddball short line and specific font oddities. In your case, the stamps are exceptionally cleanly printed with very well-defined nearly continuous framelines. But of course, the other stamps should be separately confirmed to be forgeries -- I didn't really look at the others that closely other than the ½t green, as I don't have the proper IDing info for them all.
Post by zepherusbane on May 13, 2021 21:46:28 GMT -5
Thanks. I like to learn what I can about these. Yes the scans are much darker than the actual stamps, I haven’t learned how to tune that properly now that I switched over completely to Linux. Might be a driver issue or just a setting.
Worldwide collector of stamps and covers! I gave up on limiting to only certain countries.
Since this seemed like an interesting topic - a BLOG on the Napoli 1861 set
Neapolitan Province - Napoli Although Naples was a part of the Kingdom of "Two Sicilies", many of the services were conducted independently in both kingdoms. Among others, the postal service was separate.
All the stamps are in Grana currency except a green mezzo (1/2) issued first and later followed by a 1/2 Grano There are eight values made in Turin by Matraire, supplier of stamps to the Sardinian State. Lithographic printing in sheets of 100: 2 blocks of 10x5 side by side. Already a few weeks after the issue, postal counterfeits appeared of the 2, 5, 10 and 20 grana. The leftovers or incomplete stamps had effigies applied or sold as frames only
This article will only cover the Genuine stamps and their features A 2 Grana and the reverse side
The revolution began on March 11, 1905 and ended by the interference of mainly Russian forces at the end of 1905. These revolutionary stamps were issued by a rebel group in Crete looking to join with Greece. Some catalogs do not include them as they feel they had no postal value and were only issued for dealers and collectors to raise funds. However, some experts have produced postal covers and postcards. Apparently the Cretan postal service no longer functioned in the revolutionary territory so they established their own postal service
The first stamps were issued September 1 1905 and are rather crude hand-stamped issues (D. Kokinokos is noted as the printer). The number printed is estimated at 5400 of each value. The circular mark represents Nike the Goddess of Victory with the word "Enosis" meaning Union Given such a small issue, it is no wonder that so many forgeries exist. The forgeries account for 80% or more of those listed online
The Definitive Issue of 1905 These stamps were again printed in the printing office of Grundman & Stangel in Athens, on white paper perfed 11.5 50,000 each of the low values were produced and 10,000 of the 50 lepta and 1 and 2 +drachma values.
Reprints not forgeries are the real problem. The printers Grundman & Stangel had a field day printing reprints for the stamp trade. As they used the original dies they can be very difficult to pick out. These reprints account for most of the online offers.
How can one see the difference with the similar Sardinia-stamps ? I have no clue.
They are similar in overall design but the main differences are the currencies and corner ornaments They were issued from 1855-1863. The CV's vary with being able to ID the color & paper - the lower denominations have 30-50 different colors & varieties EACH The CV's for each denomination will vary from under $50 to several $1000's - forget Scott for these stamps
German States - Baden 1851-58 - The Numeral Issues
On April 6th, 1850, the governments of Austria and Prussia established a Postal Convention for the interchange of correspondence at fixed rates and other German States were invited to join the Union. Among other things the Articles of this Convention stipulated that, as a rule, correspondence should be prepaid and that such prepayment should be effected by means of postage stamps as soon as practicable. Baden at once agreed to join the Union. It was decided to issue four values 1kr, 3kr, 6kr, and 9kr and Mr. C. Naumann, of Frankfort, was commissioned to engrave the dies while the paper was obtained from a local paper maker. The most economical method would be to print all values in black but use paper of a different color for each value.
Genuine samples of the lower CV stamps
1851 1a, 1851 2a, 1852 2b
1851 3a, 1852 3b, 1851 4b
1853 5, 1853 6, 1854 7
The used issues of Baden are reasonable unlike the expensive unused ones. The majority of forgeries are of the unused type and all of them are fairly easy to identify. The better forgers like Sperati are not known to have made forgeries of the numerals unlike the Coat of Arms to follow in another blog.
By now you might realize that I collect/collected forgeries. Some consider them chaff but they are part of postal history and often have an interesting tale
Anyway many years ago (before eBay) I would buy & trade with like collectors and from specific country auctions Early on, the online sites would occasionally unknowingly, or not, sell some worthwhile items for very little as collectors generally found little value in them.
I have a feeling "I am not in Kansas anymore"
eBay is presently listing some 4000 forgeries with prices ranging from unrealistic to ridiculous given how common they are After all there are few catalog listings forgery values other than some rare postal ones. Modern facsimiles/reproductions are also selling well. - eBay Repros
It just seems that if you Sell it, someone will Buy it
A forgery seller with 19m sales and 99.9% rating is selling these "beauties" individually for "only" about $15 each Apparently they are rare classic forgeries!! Are "collectors " buying them because genuine 150 year old stamps are difficult to find (they are not) Too much $$ to spend and a lack of information?
This stamp is probably unknown to most collectors and although submitted as a possible postal issue it was not accepted
The so-called “potato essays” were based on designs for local stamps created by Allan Crawford (1912-2007) in 1946. Nine designs were produced. The 1d design featuring a penguin was printed by Hortors Ltd. of Johannesburg, South Africa, in sheets of 35. 20,000 sheets were produced of the 1d but not issued. The stamps essentially were sold to collectors as souvenirs and to raise funds for future printings. The designation "Potato Stamp" was based on islanders and sailors during World War II buying their "Tristan Times" for potatoes and cigarettes. No real "forgeries" but lots of reproductions
Spain 1854 The first year a Royal is not featured on the 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. First series consisted of 4 values in the following issued quantities; 6c – 13,930,183 2r – 78,210 5r – 54,827 6r – 15,394
Above the 2nd series
Several series were issued with different colored papers including the first Official stamp
Some of the most beautiful postage stamps ever issued by the United States were never valid for prepayment of letter postage. They were used solely for prepayment of bulk shipments of newspapers and periodicals. The United States issued its first newspaper stamps in 1865, but unlike most foreign newspaper stamps, the U.S. stamps were intended for bulk parcels of periodicals rather than for individual newspapers. Private express companies could accept delivery of papers at the train or vessel that carried them and could turn them over for delivery from the train or vessel upon arrival.
In 1863, Congress passed an act that allowed route agents (postal employees who worked on trains or vessels) to accept newspaper parcels at the train or vessel and turn them over for delivery from the train or vessel without having to physically route them through a post office. Postage fees were paid in cash upon presentation of the parcels to the route agent.
In 1865, the Post Office Department introduced newspaper and periodical stamps as an accounting tool to preclude unscrupulous agents from pocketing the fees.
The typographed and embossed stamps were printed on thin, hard paper and were issued without gum. At 2 inches by 3¾ inches, they are among the largest postage stamps ever issued. The stamps were large and colorful so that, like private express company labels, they would be easily seen when they were glued to large bundles of newspapers. The striking designs were highly intricate to discourage forgery. Issued in denominations of 5¢, 10¢ and 25¢, they were sold to periodical publishers and news agents. This failed and the demand made for many generally good forgeries appearing.
Very few of the used first newspaper stamps survived beyond their immediate purpose. They were usually discarded with the bundle wrapper when it was cut open to remove the papers. This makes for many forgeries having fake cancels Usage of the stamps was discontinued in 1869, and the old system of paying postage in cash was resumed.
Given their large size, limited production and overall appeal, demand was great. Despite their efforts to create stamps difficult to copy, a host of forgeries appeared
Ukraine 1918 Shahiv After Ukraine declared its independence on January 22, 1918, artists Antin Sereda and Heorhii Narbut were assigned to design the first stamps of the newly independent republic. All values of the postage stamps can be found printed in sheets of 400 in four symmetrical sub-sheets of 100. The quality of gum used varied from a clear thin durable gum to a darker brittle and thicker application. The papers used for these printings were also variable but a thin porous almost transparent paper was generally used. Much more scarce , if not rare, are printings on a thicker white paper
The printing of this issue began around May 1918 and continued until 1920. The Shahiv stamps were issued imperforate but perforated copies are not uncommon. The majority of perforated copies are smooth perf 11, (but rough perf 11.5 is also known), and these are generally considered to be privately perforated. The postal use of this issue is divided into two periods, July 1918 until 3rd March 1920 and from this date until supplies were exhausted and replaced by the first RSFSR issues in 1921. Philatelic covers bearing the complete set are quite common.
Confederate Postmaster General J. Reagan of Texas wanted the use of high quality engraved stamps in 1861 like the stamps currently being used by the United States and the major European countries. However skilled engravers were not available and it would not be until 1863 that higher quality stamps were produced. It was designed and engraved by Charles Ludwig and printed by the Hoyer & Ludwig firm of Richmond. Qty Issued: 9,250,000 Earliest Use: Oct 16,1861
Few stamps were forged as much as the Confederate issues and with nearly 10 million printed it can be found in many older collections. Given the historical significance of the period, these stamps were in great demand in Europe. Most catalogs identify 5-6 forgeries but I have noted 15 different ones with some others too badly cancelled or damaged to ID. Many may seem very crude but period collectors especially in Europe did not have much information so the forgeries proliferated there.
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