Forged Stamps of Cuba

1873. King Amadeus. Una Peseta

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Cuba_1873_King_Amadeus_1p_Forgery

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Cuba_1873_King_Amadeus_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.

1876-1878. Alfonso XII. 10 Centavos

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Cuba_1877_Alfonso_XII_10p_Forgery

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1876-1878. Alfonso XII. 1 Peseta

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Cuba_1878_Alfonso_XII_1p_Forgery

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1882. King Alfonso XII. 5 Centavos

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Cuba_1882_King-Alfonso_XII_5c_Forgery

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Cuba_1882_King-Alfonso_XII_5c_Forgery2

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1882. King Alfonso XII. 10 Centavos

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Cuba_1882_King-Alfonso_XII_10c_Forgery

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Edifil # 102F

1898. King Alfonso XIII. 60 Centavos

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1898. King Alfonso XIII. 80 Centavos

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Cuba_1898_80c_Fournier_Forgery

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1898. King Alfonso XIII. Un Peso

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Cuba_1898_1p_Fournier_Forgery

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1898. King Alfonso XIII. Dos Pesos

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Cuba_1898_2p_Genuine

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Puerto Principe. King Alfonso XIII. Surcharged ‘Habilitado 3 Cents.’

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Cuba_Alfonso_Habilitado_5_Cents_Forgery2

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Puerto Principe. King Alfonso XIII. Surcharged ‘Habilitado 5 Cents.’

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  • —-. Republic of Cuba Revolutionary Government 5c and 10c essays, 1871, Fred J. Melville, Phantom Philately, pp.83,84. Forgeries, including new values: Phantom Philately, pp.84-86.
  • 54-57. King Amadeo issue of 1873. Spiro Brothers forgeries: “Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #347, Linn’s Stamp News (February 26, 2001): 8. Hugh Watchorn, ”Latin America Notes” column, American Philatelist, Vol. 83 (March 1969): 243. N. Imperato and another forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.51 (Yvert, Cuba 1-4). Forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmark: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.319,20. Spiro Brothers forgeries: Paper XLIX, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.119,20. Forgery of the 25c and postal forgery of the 1p: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 5, pp.191-94.
  • 60,61. 50c values of the issue of 1874. Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 5, pp.189-90. Proof of the 50c gray: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue.
  • 63-65. 12½c, 25c and 50c Coat of Arms, 1875. Proofs: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue. N. Imperato forgery of the 12½c: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.51 (Cuba, 1875).
  • 66. 1p Coat of Arms, 1875. N. Imperato forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.51 (Cuba, 1875).
  • 67-87. Issues of 1876, 1877, 1878 and 1879. Forgeries of the Regular issue of 1876: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.51 (Yvert 13-16). Proofs: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue. See stamps below for more citations.
  • 77. 10c stamp, 1878. Sperati forgery: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.132 and Plate 85.
  • 81. 1p stamp of the 1878 issue. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.78.
  • 83. 10c stamp dated “1879”. Sperati forgery: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.132 and Plate 85.
  • 103. 5c, Date omitted from design, 1882. Postal forgery: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.204.
  • 125,26. 5c stamps of the 1883-86 issue. Postal forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.51 (1883-88).
    144. 5c olive gray stamp of the 1890-97 issue. Postal forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.51 (Yvert 76)
  • 156-75. Left-facing figure, 1898. The 4m, Newspaper stamp: Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p.14. Forgery of the 6c, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.321. Fournier and a second forgeries of the 60c: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.79. Fournier and N. Imperato forgeries and Fournier fraudulent postmarks on 173-75, 176-226A, High values of 1898 issue and the 1898-99 issue: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.51,52 (Yvert 114-16 and 117-35). Forgeries of higher values: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.204.
  • 176-220. High values of the 1898-99 issue. Fournier and N. Imperato forgeries and Fournier fraudulent postmarks. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.51,52 (Yvert 114-16 and 117-35).
  • 221-26A. U.S. Administration, peso surcharges, 1899. Forged overprints: Arthur J. Trumbull, “Overprinted U.S. Postage Stamps” (Cuba), The Bureau Specialist, Vol. 20 (January 1949): 6-8, at p.8.
  • 222Ad. 2c on 2c, Type IV, inverted surcharge, 1899. Forged inverted surcharge: Peter A. Robertson, “A Painful Discovery – Cuban Overprints And Surcharges”, Opinions III: Philatelic Expertizing – An Inside View, (The Philatelic Foundation, N.Y., N.Y., 1985): 104-108.
  • 232. 1c on 3c, First Republic Issue, 1902. Private reprint of surcharge: George B. Sloane, “Sloane’s Column”, Stamps (U.S.), Vol. 98 (January 26, 1957): 121.
  • C2. Lindbergh overprint, 1928. Lowell Ragatz, “Spying Eye” column, The S.P.A. Journal, Vol. 7 (June 1945): 475; reprinted in Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 42 (March 9, 1946): 19.
  • Fournier fraudulent postmarks: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 12, p.75
  • Sperati fraudulent postmarks: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.139 and Plate 90.

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