Forged Stamps of Afghanistan

Kingdom of Kabul

1870-1892. Native Script

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Afghanistan_1874_1Rupie_Genuine

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  • Kingdom of Kabul:
  • Design Types A2-A11. Lion Head dated “1288-1295”, in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1871-1878. Characteristics of the genuine stamps of Design Types A2-A5, A8: T.K. Tapling, “A Few Notes on the Stamps of Afghanistan” (Introduction from an article first published in Philatelic Record, 1884), Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly, Vol. 41 (February 16, 1935): 37,38. de Thuin forgeries of Design types A4a-A11: The Yucatan Affair: The Work of Raoul Ch. de Thuin, Philatelic Counterfeiter, pp.13-19. See individual series below for additional citations.
  • 2-4. Lion Head, dated “1288” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1871 (both circles dotted). Revenues distinguished: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 6. 1 Sanar value of Lion Head dated “1288” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1871 (outer circle dotted). Forgery and cancellation: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.1-3; correction to the footnote on p.1: letter to the Editor from Edw. B. Evans, Gibbons Stamp Weekly, Vol. 3 (May 26, 1906): 339.
  • 8,9. Lion Head dated “1289” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1872. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.1 (1871-72). Senf brother’s facsimiles: Varro E. Tyler, “The Gebrüder Senf Facsimiles”, The American Philatelic Congress Book 34 (1968):192.
  • 10. Lion Head dated “1290” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1873. Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.3,4.
  • 15,17. 1 Sanar values of Lion Head dated “1292” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1875. Two forgeries: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.4.
  • 22,23,27,28. 1⁄2 Rupee and 1 Rupee values of Lion Head dated “1293” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), the “Tablet Issue”, 1876. Two forgeries of 1⁄2 Rupee and forgery of 1 Rupee: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.5,6.
  • 29,34,39,44,49. 1 Shahi values of Lion Head dated “1293” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), the “Post Office” Issue, 1876. Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.6,7; correction to the footnote on p.6: letter to the Editor from Edw. B. Evans, Gibbons Stamp Weekly, Vol. 3 (May 26, 1906): 339.
  • 54,59,64,69,74. 1 Shahi values of Lion Head dated “1294” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), the “Second Post Office Series”, 1877. Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition),Vol. 1, pp.7,8; in the description, “3 of the 1 sunar” should be “8 of the 1 sunar”: letter to the Editor from Edw. B. Evans, Gibbons Stamp Weekly, Vol. 3 (May 26, 1906): 339.
  • 79,84,89,94,99,101. 1 Shahi values of Lion Head dated “1295” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), the “Third Post Office Series”, 1878. Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.7.
  • 109-176. Handstamped circular issues dated “1298” in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1880-189118. de Thuin forgeries: The Yucatan Affair: The Work of Raoul Ch. de Thuin, Philatelic Counterfeiter, pp.20,21. Robson Lowe, “Afghanistan: Amir Abdu Rohman Khan 22 July 1880-1 October 1891: A Study of the circular issue dated 1828”, The Philatelist and PJGB, Vol. 11 (July-August 1991): 173-78, continued at (September-October 1991): 201,2, and at (November-December 1991): 247-48. Forgery of Type A13: D.P. Masson, “Note on a New Afghan Stamp and a forgery”, The Philatelic Journal of India,Vol. 6 (May 1902): 208. Three forgeries of 1 Abasi values and forgeries of the 2 Abasi and 1 Rupee values, cancellation: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.9-11. Nos.155-76 are special printings to meet philatelic demand: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue; Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.1-3.
  • Cancellation until 1891 was by tearing or cutting a piece from the stamp (Lions Head and circular issues): Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, note preceding 2. Fraudulent red cancellations: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.1 (Yvert, note following 102-6).
  • Kingdom of Afghanistan:
  • 180-88A, 191-95A. Issue dated 1310 in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1892 and Issue dated 1316, also in Dari script, (Islamic Lunar Calander), 1898. Adrian Hopkins, “Afghanistan Forgeries”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 89 (October 8, 1957): 169; D.P. Masson, “New Afghanistan Forgeries”, The Philatelic Journal of India, Vol. 7 (February 1903): 40- 42, correcting typographical errors in article first printed December 1902 on pp.498-500 of Vol.6.
  • 217. 10p value of the small Royal star issue of 1921. Patterson type II reprint distinguished. Frank E. Patterson III, “Afghanistan: Its Twentieth Century Postal Issues”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41 (January 1962): 37-51, continued at (May 1962): 119-36, and at (November 1962): 290-304, at pp.44,45, reprinted as Collectors Club Handbook No.18 (The Collectors Club, New York, 1964).
  • 218. 30p value of the small Royal star issue of 1921. Patterson types 1a and II reprints distinguished. Frank E. Patterson III, Id. at p.45.
  • 237-46. 2c Newspaper stamps and Regular Issues, 1928-30. Unused copies bearing the Revolutionary Government handstamp (pictured in Scott) were privately handstamped: Scott Classic Speialized Catalog, Note with illustration following 246.
  • 263-68. National Council issue of 1932. Reprints and fraudulent postmark. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.1.
  • 281-86. 2p numeral Newspaper series, 1931-38. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.2. Two counterfeits: Frank E. Patterson III, “Afghanistan: Its Twentieth Century Postal Issues”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41 (January 1962): 37-51, continued at (May 1962): 119-36, and at (November 1962): 290-304, at p.299, reprinted as Collectors Club Handbook No.18 (The Collectors Club, New York, 1964). Adrian Hopkins, “Afghanistan Forgeries”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 89 (October 8, 1957): 169. Cecil H. Uyehara and Horst G. Dietrich, Afghan Philately 1871-1989 (George Alevizos, Santa Monica, CA., 1995) 83-85. H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Africa and Asia (Author, Sydney, Australia, 1992): 16,17.
  • 295,304,5. 40p, 2af, and 3af values of the issue of 1934-38. Frank E. Patterson III, Frank E. Patterson III, “Afghanistan: Its Twentieth Century Postal Issues”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41 (January 1962): 37-51, continued at (May 1962): 119-36, and at (November 1962): 290-304, at pp.44,45, reprinted as Collectors Club Handbook No.18 (The Collectors Club, New York, 1964).
  • Stamps purportedly issued between 1990-20022 were not authorized by the postal authorities: Scott Standard Postage Stamp Catalog, Vol.1, note following 1383; Denise Mc Carfy, “Afghan postal official declares stamps “false”, Linn’s Stamp News (November 20,2000): 1, 27.
  • Genuine postmarks: Sidney Bird, “Postmarks of the Indian Native States”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 22 (March 28, 1936): 47,48,55.
  • Fraudulent postmark used on issues of 1907-1931. Frank E. Patterson III, “Check Those Perfs!: Afghan Fakes Can Be Spotted”, Scott’s Monthly Journal, Vol. 37 (May 1956): 41,42.
  • C1-C3. Plane over Kabul Airmail stamps, 1939. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.3. Alexander F. Newall, Airmail Stamps: Fakes & Forgeries, pp.2,3 (Sanabria Airmail Catalog: 1-3). Two counterfeits and fraudulent postmark: Frank E. Patterson III, “Afghanistan: Its Twentieth Century Postal Issues”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 41 (January 1962): 37-51, continued at (May 1962): 119-36, and (fraudulent postmarks) at (November 1962): 290-306, at pp.44,45 and 290-306, reprinted as Collectors Club Handbook No.18 (The Collectors Club, New York, 1964).
  • F1, F2. 1891 and 1893 Registration stamps. Fraudulent postmark: Adrian Hopkins, “Afghanistan Forgeries”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 89 (October 8, 1957): 169. Adrian Hopkins, letter to the Editor, The London Philatelist, Vol. 66 (October 1957): 177,78.
  • Q1-Q9. Official stamps of 1909. Ungummed remainders: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.

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