NOTE - this series needs attention by any would be buyers The same stamps were reprinted in 1864 & 1873 One set has no watermark and one the size is slightly smaller while the other is slightly larger A few have different colors not evident on auctions The 1864 is about 1/2 the value of the 1850-56 but the 1873 is 1/20th
The good news is that used stamps of 1850-56 are much less expensive and used reprints are basically non existent.
Last Edit: Nov 15, 2019 21:08:48 GMT -5 by sforgca
The Hamburg 1864 Mi 8 gets its own topic. 7 distinct colors attributed by most as having occurred at the printers and by others as partly degradation due to the type of ink used. I doubt this as Hugo Krötzsch described 7 colors in his authoritative 1896 catalog
Post by zepherusbane on Nov 23, 2019 9:40:26 GMT -5
sforgca, those are really nice. I've been enjoying everything you've posted so far. Although I do have a few stamps from various of the German States, I don't have any of the ones you posted so it's nice to see them. Thanks for sharing! I like that you added extra information to help understand the various types too.
Worldwide collector of stamps and covers! I gave up on limiting to only certain countries. APS # 231136
There are not many forgeries in the above but some "reprints/forgeries" are an issue In particular the 3g brown where the dealer Cohn got an original die and made excellent copies These abound on auction sales and almost all the 3g brown are forgeries The best way to tell is the small white scratch in the hair as shown below
Last Edit: Nov 24, 2019 17:30:19 GMT -5 by sforgca
Oldenberg Except for the last issue, all the stamps are lithographed. In lithography, where every stamp is individually engraved by hand, it rarely occurs that one specimen exactly resembles another for it is, after all, work done by hand and the drawings of the several plates will inevitably show various differences.
A few more Saxony from 1856 and their friends How can you tell - well there are dozens of differences but all the forgers except Sperati got the top H and other letters wrong So look at the differences in the height, inclination and width of each section.
1856 Mi 12
1856 Mi 13
Another forgery narrow C prominent
And often the forgery is just plain BAD - like Mr hooknose above
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