Forged Stamps of British Virgin Islands

Iles Vierges – Jungfern Inseln

1866-1879. St. Ursula. One Penny

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British_Virgin_Islands_1866-79_St.Ursula_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.

1866-1889. St. Ursula. Four Pence

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British_Virgin_Islands_1866-89_St.Ursula_4p_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.

1866-1889. St. Ursula. Six Pence

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British_Virgin_Islands_1866_St.Ursula_6p_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.

1866. St. Ursula. One Shilling

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British_Virgin_Islands_1867_St.Ursula_1s_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.

1888. St. Ursula. Surcharged 4D

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  • Forerunners. A3-A6, 1858-60. Fournier and other fraudulent A13, A91, A93 postmarks. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, pp.159, 61.
  • 1-8. Lithographed issues of 1866, 1867-70, 1878. Fournier, Spiro Brothers, Panelli forgeries of the unwatermarked issues: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.164. Forgeries of the 1p and 6p, two forgeries of the 4p and 1sh: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.688-93. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.125. Forgeries of the unwatermarked issues: Paper V, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.26,27. Oneglia forgeries of the issue of 1866, and 4p on rose paper and 1sh values of the 1867-70 issue, and fraudulent postmark: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.91,92. See individual series below for more citations.
  • 1-4. 1p Virgin and Lamps stamps, 1866 and 1867-70 and 6p, 1866. Spiro Brothers forgeries of the 1p: Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #342, Linn’s Stamp News (December 18, 2000): 6. Panelli engraved forgeries of 1866 issue: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.164. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.125. Fournier forgeries of the 1866 stamps: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.363,64 (Yvert 1-4).
  • 5,7,8. St. Ursula stamps, 1867-70. Spiro Brothers forgeries of the 1sh: Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #343, Linn’s Stamp News (January 1, 2001): 6. Fournier forgery and fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.364 (Yvert 5-7). Senf brothers facsimile of the 1sh (white margins): Varro E. Tyler, “The GebrüderSenfFacsimiles”,TheAmericanPhilatelicCongressBook34(1968):198. Forgeries of the 4p and 1sh: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.125,26.
  • 6. 6p rose value, perf. 15, issue of 1867-70. Fake made from the 6p of 1866, perf. 12: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. VI, p.168.
  • 11,15. 21⁄2p of Keytype stamps of 1880 and 1884. Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #364, Linn’s Stamp News (October 22, 2001): 6.
  • 31. 2p Edward VII, 1899. Forgery of basic stamp and surcharge. Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.91,92.
  • Eight Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, DE 29/? To 1947. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.101,2.

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