Forged stamps of Benin

1892. French Colonies Issue handstamped BENIN. 1 Centime

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Benin_1892_1c_Genuine1

Genuine

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Genuine

Benin_1892_1c_Forgery

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Benin_1892_1c_Forgery2

Forgery

1892. French Colonies Issue handstamped BENIN. 4 Centimes

Forgery

Benin_4c_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

1892. French Colonies Issue handstamped BENIN 75. 15 Centimes

Genuine

Benin_1892_75c-15c_Genuine

Genuine

1892. French Colonies Issue handstamped BENIN. 1 Franc

Genuine vs. Forgery

Benin_1892_1f_Genuine

Genuine – type II (dis joined N)

Benin_1892_French_Colonies_Issue_handstamped_BENIN_1Franc_Forgery

Forgery

1893. Allegory – Inscription GOLFE DE BENIN. 20 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1893_Allegory_20c_GOLFE_DE_BENIN_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1893. Allegory – Inscription GOLFE DE BENIN. 25 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1893_Allegory_25c_GOLFE_DE_BENIN_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1893. Allegory – Inscription GOLFE DE BENIN. 30 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1893_Allegory_30c_GOLFE_DE_BENIN_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1894. French Colonies Navigation & Commerce. 5 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1892_5c_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1894. French Colonies Navigation & Commerce. 15 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1894_15c_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1894. French Colonies Navigation & Commerce. 25 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1894_25c_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1894. French Colonies Navigation & Commerce. 30 Cents

Forgery

Benin_1894_30c_Hirschburger_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

1894. French Colonies Navigation & Commerce. 1 Franc

Forgery

Benin_1892_1f_Fournier_Forgery

Hirschburger forgery

Fournier Forged Postmark

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COTONOU 17 NOV. 92 BENIN

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  • 1-19, J1-J4. Overprinted Dubois issues, 1892. For Fournier and another forgery of the Dubois issues, see French Colonies 46-59. Forgery of the 5c with blue overprint, 1892 and the 40c on 15c, 1892 (basic stamp): Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p.8 (Scott number changed from 16 to 17). Fournier forged overprint and postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.27 (Yvert 1-13). Sperati forged overprints on the 1892, un-surcharged issue and the postage due stamps: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Work of Jean De Sperati II/ Including Previously Unlisted Forgeries/ Including Previously Unlisted Forgeries, p.48 and Plate C. Forged overprints of the 1892 un-surcharged issue, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.79,80. Fournier fraudulent postmark: A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 3 (May-June 1944): 14.
  • 16-19. Additional surcharge, 1892. Forged overprint and surcharge: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.80.
  • 20-45. The “Group type issue”, 1893-94. Perforations of the (Fournier) forgeries are reversed: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog. Fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.80, 387. Also see French Congo 18-34.
  • J1-J4. Postage Due stamps, 1894. See “1-19, J1-4” above for citations.

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