Forged stamps of Bermuda

1848. Hamilton. One Penny

Forgeries

Bermuda_1848_Hamilton_Winter_Forgery

Winter forgery

Bermuda_1848_Hamilton_Forgery2

Forgery

1849. Hamilton. One Penny

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Bermuda_1849_Hamilton_Forgery1

Forgery

Bermuda_1849_Hamilton_Forgery2

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1854. Hamilton. One Penny

Forgery

Bermuda_1854_Hamilton_Winter_Forgery

Winter forgery

1865. Queen Victoria. One Penny

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Bermuda_1865_1d_Genuine

Genuine

Bermuda_1865_1d_Forgery

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Bermuda_1865_1d_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.

1865. Queen Victoria. Six Pence

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Bermuda_1865_QV_6p_Forgery

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1865. Queen Victoria. One Shilling

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Bermuda_1865_QV_1s_Genuine

Genuine

Bermuda_1865_QV_1s_Forgery

Forgery

1866. Queen Victoria. Two Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Bermuda_SG3_Genuine

Genuine

Bermuda_SG3_Orneglia_Forgery

Oneglia forgery

Bermuda_SG3_Forgery

Forgery

1873. Queen Victoria. Three Pence

Forgeries

Bermuda_1873_Queen_Victoria_3p_Forgery

Forgery

Bermuda_1873_Queen_Victoria_3p_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.

1874. Queen Victoria surcharged Three Pence

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Bermuda_1874_Queen_Victoria_1p_surcharged_3p_Forgery

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Bermuda_1874_QV_3p-on-1s_type1_Genuine

Genuine – type I

Bermuda_1874_QV_3p-on-1s_type2_Genuine

Genuine – type II

Bermuda_1874_QV_3p-on-1s_Forgery

Forgery

1875. Queen Victoria Surcharged One Penny.

Forgery

Bermuda_1875_QV_Surcharged_One_Penny_Forgery

Forgery

Fantasy Postmark

Bermuda_Fantasy_Cancel_1

HAMILTON 3 MAI.1937 BERMUDA

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  • 1-9. General issues of 1865-74 and 1882-1903. Spiro, Panelli, Oniglia and other forgeries: Charles Freeland, “Forgeries of Bermuda Stamps”, Bermuda Post No. 50 (March 1999): 6- 21. N. Imperato and other forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.27 (Yvert 1-8). Three forgeries of the 1p, 2p, 6p brown lilac, and 1sh, 1865-74, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.92-94. Forgery of Type A3: Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.4. The 1p, 2p, 6p brown lilac, and 1sh, 1865-74: Paper XLVIII, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalog Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.116,17. Engraved forgeries of 1p, 2p, 1865-74 (and lithographed forgeries of 2-9): Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.39.
  • 1,19. 1p Queen’s Head, 1865 and 1889. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.36.
  • 10-15. Provisional issues of 1874 and 1875. N. Imperato and another forged surcharge: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.27 (Yvert 9-14). Laser jet print forgery of the 1p surcharge on 1sh: Mercer Bristow, “High Technology & Counterfeiting”, American Philatelist, Vol. 123 (May 2009): 480,81; Mercer Bristow, “90s technology fails in forged 1875 surcharge”, Stamp Collector, Vol. 73 (March 15, 1999): 62. Charles Freeland, “Forgeries of Bermuda Stamps”, Bermuda Post No. 50 (March 1999): 6-21. Surcharge forgeries of the 3p in block letters, 1874, and the issue of 1875, two forgeries of the 3p stamps surcharged in slanted letters, 1874, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.94,95. Surcharge forgeries of the 3p in block letters, 1874 and the 1875 issue: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, pp.625,16. Engraved forgeries of the 3p in slanted letters, 1874 and the 1p on 1sh, 1875 and lithographed forgeries of all stamps: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.39. No.11 is stated to be an essay: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog
  • 31. 1⁄4p Drydock, 1908. Fake made from a wrapper stamp: Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.4.
  • 44 (inverted watermark). 2 1⁄2c Caravel, 1910-24. Fake made by slicing the stamp and re- attaching the front and back halves: Alec Webster, “Buyers Beware – Forgeries About“, Stamp Lover, Vol.100 (October 2008): 201.
  • 49-54. KGV high values, issue of 1910-20. Bogus postmarks applied following removal of fiscal cancellations. M.H. Ludington, “The King George V High Value Stamps of Bermuda”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 84 (January 1975): 18-25, continued at (February 1975): 40-47, at (March 1975): 54-60, and at (April 1975): 81-84 , at pp.21 and 84.
  • 54,97. £1, 1910, 12sh, 1932. Fraudulent postmark added after removal of fiscal cancellations: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, p.630.
  • 123-28. Perf.13 high values of the regular issue of 1938-51. Revenue cancellations removed and fraudulent postmark added: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 129. 1⁄2p on 1p, 1940. Characteristics of the genuine surcharge: Philip Halward, “Bermuda: The Halfpenny Provisional of 1940”, The West-End Philatelist, Vol. 49 (July-August 1959): 53,54.
  • de Thuin fraudulent postmark: “11AM/MY17/1920”. The Yucatan Affair: The Work of Raoul Ch. de Thuin, Philatelic Counterfeiter, p.31.
  • Five Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, 22. JAN. 13, 1930’s, 1940’s. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, p.32.
  • Genuine and forged postmarks and revenue cancellations of high value KGVI large Key Type stamps: Eric Yendall, The King George VI Large Key Type Revenue and Postage High Value Stamps, 1937-53 (The Royal Philatelic Society, London, 2008), pp.122-41.

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