Forged Stamps of Antigua

1862. Queen Victoria. Six Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Antigua_1_Genuine

Genuine

A02 & A18 are the only possible genuine Postmarks

Antigua_1862_QV_6p_Plate_Proof

Genuine – Plate proof

Antigua_1_Forgery

Forgery

Antigua_1862_QV_6p_Imperforate_Forgery

Fake postmark on imperforate plate proof

Certified by the Royal Philatelic Society in 1920, stating that it is a genuine imperforate variety

1863. Queen Victoria. One Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Genuine

Genuine

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Imperforate_Forgery

Fake postmark on imperforate plate proof

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Torres_illustration

Illustration by Plácido Ramón de Torres: Album ilustrado de sellos de correo, Barcelona 1879. Torres sold illustrations to various dealers/forgers from 1864 onwards, as well as made forgeries himself.

1872 & 1884. Queen Victoria. One Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Antigua_1872_QV_1p_Genuine

Genuine

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Bisect_Forgery1

Bisect forgery

Fake ‘July 29 1889’ postmark

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Bisect_Forgery2

Bisect forgery

Fake ‘July 29 1889’ postmark

Antigua_1863_QV_1p_Bisect_Forgery3

Bisect forgery

Fake ‘July 29 1889’ postmark

1882. Queen Victoria. Half Penny

Genuine vs. Forgery

Antigua_1882_Half-Penny_Genuine

Genuine

Antigua_1882_Half-Penny_Torres-Forgery

Torres forgery

1882. Queen Victoria. 2 1/2 Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Antigua_1882_2-Half-Penny_Genuine

Genuine

Antigua_1882_2-Half-Penny_Forgery1

Forgery

Antigua_1882_2-Half-Penny_Forgery2

Forgery

Antigua_1882_2-Half-Penny_Spiro-Forgery

Spiro forgery

1882. Queen Victoria. 4 Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Antigua_1882_4d_Genuine

Genuine

Antigua_4p_Taylor_Forgery

Taylor forgery

Antigua_1882_4d_Forgery2

Forgery

Antigua_1882_4d_Forgery

Forgery

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  • A3-A12. Forerunners (Stamps of Great Britain used in Antigua), 1858-60. Pictures of forged “A08” and “A18” cancellations: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661- 1947, Vol. VI, p.13.
  • Design type A1. 1p, 6p Queen’s head, dark tablets, 1862-84. Spiro Brothers forgery of the 1p values: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.9. Forgery of the 1p, vermilion, 1867: Alfred J. Branston, “The Forgers Favorite”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 77 (April-June 1985): 193. Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.1. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.3. Forgeries of 1p, vermilion, 1867 and the 6p values, genuine and fraudulent cancellations: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.15,16. Forgery and postmark: Paper XXXV, Lowell Ragatz (editor), Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalog Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.90,91.
  • 8a. Half of 1d used as 1⁄2d. Fake bisect sometimes with forged Nevis c.d.s. MR 17 86: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.18.
  • Design type A2. Victorian Key Type, 1879-86. 21⁄2p and 49, 1879: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.81,79. Specimen cancellation of the 1⁄2p, 21⁄2p red brown, 4p blue values of the issue of 1882-86: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.21. The 1⁄2p, 1882: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.8. Fraudulent postmark on the 4p, blue, 1879: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.20.
  • 67-76. Tercentenary issue, 1932. Forged cancellation: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue Eight Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, AP-14/86 to 1943. Derek Worboys and Roger B.
  • West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.22,23.

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