Forged stamps of Belgian Congo

E.I.C. – Etat Independant du Congo

1886. King Leopold II. 5 Francs

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Belgian_Congo_1886_5f_Genuine

Genuine

Belgian_Congo_5f_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

Belgian_Congo_1886_Leopold_5f_Forgery

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1886_Leopold_5f_Forgery2

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1886_Leopold_5f_Forgery3

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1886_Leopold_5f_Forgery4

Forgery

1887. King Leopold II. 5 Francs

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Belgian_Congo_1887_5f_Genuine1

Genuine

Belgian_Congo_1887_5f_Genuine2

Genuine

Belgian_Congo_5f_Fournier_Forgery2

Fournier forgery

Belgian_Congo_King_Leopold_5f_Forgery2

Forged overprint

Belgian_Congo_King_Leopold_5f_Forgery3

Forged overprint

Belgian_Congo_1887_Leopold_5f_Forgery1

Forgery

Wrong perforations

Belgian_Congo_1887_Leopold_5f_Forgery2

Forgery

Wrong perforations

Belgian_Congo_1887_Leopold_5f_Forgery3

Forgery

Wrong perforations

Belgian_Congo_1887_Leopold_5f_Forgery4

Forgery

1887. King Leopold II. 10 Francs

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Belgian_Congo_1887_10f_Genuine

Genuine

Perforated with a Harrow machine

Belgian_Congo_10f_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

White dots between ‘A’ & ‘T’ in ETAT

Area between the serif and the base filled with color in the left ‘1’ numerial

Belgian_Congo_10f_Lenoir_Forgery

Lenoir forgery – from original printing plates

Originally unperforated, but some were perforated with a line perforator or by hand

Belgian_Congo_10f_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

Belgian_Congo_1887_Leopold_10f_Forgery

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1887_Leopold_10f_Forgery2

Forgery

1894. Etat Independant Du Congo. 5 Centimes

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1894_Etat_5c_Forgery

Forgery

1894. Etat Independant Du Congo. 10 Centimes

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1894_Etat_10c_Forgery

Forgery

1894. Etat Independant Du Congo. 25 Centimes

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1894_Etat_25c_Forgery

Forgery

1894. Etat Independant Du Congo. 50 Centimes

Forgery

Belgian_Congo_1894_Etat_50c_Forgery

Forgery

1909. Etat Independant Du Congo Surcharged ‘Congo Belge’

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Belgian_Congo_1921_Congo-Belge_Overprint_type3_5f_Genuine

Genuine type 3 overprint

There are 3 different types of genuine ‘CONGO BELGE’ overprint

Belgian_Congo_1909_Congo-Belge_Overprint_50c_Forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

Belgian_Congo_1909_Congo

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

Belgian_Congo_1909_Congo

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

Belgian_Congo_1909_Congo-Belge_Overprint_25c_Forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

Belgian_Congo_1909_Congo

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

Sperati Forged Postmarks

BANANA 3 SEPT 6 – S 1892

BOMA 13 MARS 7 – M 1893

MATADI 20 OCTO 11 – M 1893

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  • 1-5, 6-13, 14-28, 31-40. Issues of independent state and Provisional colonial issue, 1886-1908. Forgeries, Lenoir reprints, and forged overprint: P.S. Foden, and R.H. Keach, “Belgian Congo Fakes and Forgeries”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 127 (October 7, 1976): 395,96,99,401, continued on pp.487,89. See stamps and series below for more citations.
  • 4. 50c value of the Portrait issue of 1886. Fritz Billig, “Translations from Handbook on Forgeries” column (tran’l by the author), The S.P.A. Journal, Vol. 6 (September 1943): 16,17.
  • 5. 5fr value of the Portrait issue of 1886. Fournier counterfeit and Lenoir reprint: Harry Wilke, “The Portrait Issues of The Congo Free State”, American Philatelist, Vol. 111 (February 1997): 122. Seven forgeries: Fritz Billig, “Translations from Handbook on Forgeries” column (tran’l by the author), The S.P.A. Journal, Vol. 5 (July 1943): 320,21, continued at (August 1943): 354,55. Fournier, N. Imperato and other forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.17 (Yvert 1-5). Senf brothers facsimile: Varro E. Tyler, “The Gebrüder Senf Facsimiles”, The American Philatelic Congress Book 34 (1968):193.
  • 11-13. Franc values of issue of 1887-94. Lenoir reprints: Harry Wilke, “The Portrait Issues of The Congo Free State”, American Philatelist, Vol. 111 (February 1997): 122; R.H. Keach, “Belgian Congo”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 80 (April 1971): 101-5, continued at (May 1971): 127-30 , at p.103. Four forgeries of 11,12: Fritz Billig, “Translations from Handbook on Forgeries” column (tran’l by the author), The S.P.A. Journal, Vol. 6 (September 1943): 16,17, continued at (October 1943): 50,51. Fournier and other forgeries and fraudulent postmarks: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.17,18 (Yvert 6-13b). J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.14. Two Sperati forgeries and fraudulent cancellations: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.161 and Plate 109. Fraudulent postmarks on forgeries of the 10fr: Thomas A. Ginn, Jr., “Belgium Congo 1891 Sperati Forgery”, Fakes & Forgeries, No.11 (March 1996): 243.
  • 16. 5c Port Matadi stamp, 1894. Kamigata forgery and fraudulent postmark. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.29.
  • 18. 10c Stanley Falls stamp, 1895. Kamigata forgery. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.30..
  • 20. 25c Inkissa Falls, 1894. Kamigata forgery and fraudulent postmark. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.31.
  • 22. 50c Railroad Bridge stamp, 1894. Kamigata forgery. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.32.
  • 26. 5fr Bangala Chief and wife, 1894. H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 1, pp.30,31.
  • 31-40. Provisional Colonial issue, 1908. Reprints: Joseph Wright, “Belgian Congo”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 50 (July 1941): 122-25.
  • 74-78. P.S. Foden, and R.H. Keach, “Belgian Congo Fakes and Forgeries”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 127 (October 7, 1976): 395,96,99,401, continued on pp.487,89.
  • 86,87. Handstamped provisional stamps of 1922. Forged overprint and postmark. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.18 (Yvert 104,5).
  • Q1-Q6. Parcel Post stamps of 1887-93. Forged basic stamp and surcharge. Forged Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 1, pp.30,31.

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