Forged stamps of Cyprus

1880. GB Queen Victoria surcharged CYPRUS. Half Penny

Forgery

Cyprus_QV_half-d_Forgery

Forged overprint

1880. GB Queen Victoria surcharged. One Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Cyprus_1880_QV_1d_plate174_Genuine

Genuine – plate 174

Cyprus_1880_QV_1d_plate181_Genuine

Genuine – plate 181

Cyprus_1880_QV_1d_plate208_Genuine

Genuine – plate 208

Cyprus_QV_30pa-1d_Forgery

Forged overprint

Cyprus_QV_1d_Forgery

Forged overprint

Cyprus_QV_1d_Forgery2

Forged overprint

1880. GB Queen Victoria surcharged CYPRUS. Two Pence

Bogus

cyprus_qv_2p_bogus

Bogus overprint on genuine stamp

1880. GB Queen Victoria surcharged CYPRUS. 2 1/2 Penny

Forgeries

Cyprus_QV_2half-d_Forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

Cyprus_QV_2half-d_Forgery2

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1880. GB Queen Victoria surcharged CYPRUS. Six Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Cyprus_1880_QV_6p_Genuine

Genuine

Cyprus_1880_QV_6p_Forgery

Forged overprint

Cyprus_1880_QV_6p_Forgery2

Forged overprint

cyprus_1880_qv_6p_forgery3

Forged overprint

1880. GB Queen Victoria surcharged CYPRUS. One Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgery

Cyprus_1880_QV_1s_Genuine

Genuine

Cyprus_1880_QV_1s_Forgery

Forged overprint

1881. Postal Stationary

Forgery

Cyprus_Postal_Stationary_Forgery

Forgery

1881. Queen Victoria. Half Piastre

Genuine vs. Forgery

Cyprus_QV_1881_Half_Piastre_Genuine

Genuine

Cyprus_QV_1881-86_Half_Piastre_Forgery

Forgery

1892. Queen Victoria Surcharged ‘30 PARAS’

Genuine vs. Forgery

cyprus_qv_30p-on-1p_overprint_genuine

Genuine

cyprus_qv_30p-on-1p_overprint_forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1903. King Edward VII. 18 Piastres

Genuine vs. Forgery

Cyprus_Edward_18piastres_Genuine

Genuine

Cyprus_Edward_18piastres_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Type ‘D’ forgery unrecorded in the original B.P.A work. Shown in the 2001 update by Lowe and Walske, who recorded seven examples.

1903. King Edward VII. 45 Piastres

Genuine vs. Forgery

Cyprus_Edward_45piastres_Genuine

Genuine

Cyprus_Edward_45piastres_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

1921-1923. King George V. Half Piastre

Genuine

Cyprus_George_half_piastres_Specimen_Genuine

Genuine – Specimen

The only known and recorded example

1921-1923. King George V. 5 Pounds

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Cyprus_1923_King_George_V_5pound_Genuine

Genuine

Cyprus_King_George_V_5pounds_Genuine

Genuine – Specimen

Cyprus_King_George_V_5pounds_Forgery2

Forgery

Cyprus_King_George_V_5pounds_Forgery

Forgery

No watermark

Cyprus_King-George_5pound_Sheet_Forgery

Sheet of forgeries

Thanks to Antonius-Ra for image of genuine King Edward VII 18p

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  • A1-A46. Stamps of Great Britain used in Cyprus, 1870-1880. Plating information and genuine cancellations: Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol.I (Second Edition), pp.353,54.
  • 1-7. Overprinted regular issue of 1880. Measurements of overprints and plate numbers: Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol. I (Second Edition), p.354. Measurement of the genuine overprint on the 1p, 2½p, 4p, 6p, 1sh values: Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p.14; Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.13. Three forgeries of overprint and genuine postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.321-23. Forged overprint on the 2½p stamp: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.80. Forged overprint on 6p applied over a duplex cancel from Catford in the London District: Linn’s editors, “Collectors’ Forum, Forged Overprint“, Linn’s Stamp News (August 23, 2010): 42.
  • 16,18,19,26,27. ½pi on ½pi stamps, 1882-86. Measurement of overprints: Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol. I (Second Edition), p.356.
  • 37. 45 pi Victorian Key Type, 1894. Sperati forgery and fraudulent postmark: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.40 and Plate 5.
  • 44,46,47. 9pi, 18pi and 45pi of the Edward VII issue, 1903. Sperati forgeries and fraudulent postmarks: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.40,41 and Plate 5; additional Sperati forgeries: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Work of Jean De Sperati II/ Including Previously Unlisted Forgeries, pp.8-11 and Plate A. Sperati forgeries: Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – II”, The Philatelist, Vol. 19 (June1953): 223-27.
  • 83-88. KGV, 1921-23. Forged cancellations dated “LIMASSOL 14 MR 25“: Scott Specialized Classic Catalog.
  • 84. 9pi KGV, 1921-23. Characteristics of the genuine stamp: Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p15 (Scott number changed from 85). Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.14.
  • 86. 45pi KGV, 1921-23. Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p.15 (Scott number changed from 92).
    128b, horizontal pair, imperforate between, 1934. Fake: Paul Kayfetz, “Cyprus imperforate — between pair faked“, Lynn’s Stamp News, (December 25, 1995): 10.
  • Genuine cancellations. Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol. I (Second Edition), pp.349-53.
  • Ten Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, 981, AP – 25 95, to 1942. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.45,46.

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