Forged stamps of Danish West Indies

Dansk Vestindien

1856. Royal Emblem. 3 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Genuine

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Black reprint

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Forgery

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Forgery

Unwatermarked

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Forgery

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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.

1873. Bicolored. 1 Cent

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Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_1873_Bicolored_1c_Forgery

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1873. Bicolored. 3 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Genuine

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Forgery

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_3cents_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.

1873. Bicolored. 4 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgery

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_4cents_Genuine

Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_4cents_Genuine_Proof

Genuine – Proof

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Spiro forgery

1873. Bicolored. 7 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgery

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_7cents_Genuine

Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_7cents_Forgery

Forgery

1873. Bicolored. 14 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_14cents_Genuine

Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_14cents_Genuine_Proof

Genuine – Proof

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_14cents_Forgery

Forgery

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Reperforated to the right

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Reperforated

1877. Bicolored. 12 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_12cents_Genuine_Proof

Genuine – Proof

Danish_West_Indies_Bicoloed_12cents_Forgery

Forgery

1875. Royal Mail Steam Packet Company. Ten Cents

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_1875_Royal_Mail_Steam_Packet_Company_10c_Forgery

Forgery

1902. Postage Due. Crown. 1 Cent

Genuine vs. Forgery

Danish_West_Indies_Postage_Due_1cent_Genuine

Genuine

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Forgery

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1902. Postage Due. Crown. 4 Cents

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Genuine – Strib showing all 5 types. Note the difference in the numeral ‘4’

Danish_West_Indies_Postage_Due_4cents_Forgery

Forgery

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1902. Postage Due. Crown. 6 Cents

Genuine vs. Forgery

Danish_West_Indies_Postage_Due_6cents_Genuine

Genuine

Danish_West_Indies_Postage_Due_6cents_Forgery

Forgery

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1902. Postage Due. Crown. 10 Cents

Forgery

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Forgery

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1905. Postage Due. Numerial. 50 Cents

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Genuine

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Forgery

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  • 1-4. 3c, 4c Coat of Arms issues of 1856-1873. The 3c, 1866-72: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.52 (Yvert 1-3). Two forgeries of the 3c, 1866-72, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.323,24. 1981 reprint of the 3c on yellowish paper, 1930 and 1942 reprints of the 3c on white paper and the 4c: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog; R. King-Farlow and J. Schmidt-Andersen, “Reprints of the Stamps of Denmark And Danish West Indies”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 59 (August 1950): 163-71, at pp.168,69,71.
  • 5-13. Crown and Post Horn issue of 1874-79. Spiro Brothers forgeries of the 1c, 3c, 4c, 7c, 14c, and fraudulent postmark: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.81; Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.324,25; H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 1, pp.44,45. N. Imperato forgeries of the 7c and 14c: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.52 (Yvert 9 and 12). Forgeries and fraudulent postmark: Paper LX, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, p.142. Fake of the 14c stamp made from a 12c stamp: Victor E. Engstrom, “The Closer One Looks … Danish West Indies, Scott #12”, Opinions III: Philatelic Expertizing – An Inside View (The Philatelic Foundation, N.Y., N.Y., 1985): 109-12. Proofs: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.33.
  • 51-58. Christian X issue of 1915. Victor E. Engstrom, “Danish West Indies Christian X Stamps and Fraudulent postmarks”, American Philatelist, Vol. 97 (September 1983): 805-7,56, reprinted in The Posthorn, Vol. 41 (May 1984): 87-92.
  • Genuine cancellations: J. Alfred Birch, “Postal History of the United States Virgin Islands (Formerly the Danish West Indies)”, American Philatelist, Vol. 77 (February 1964): 347-60, at p.350.
  • J1-J4. Postage Due issue of 1902. Fournier forgery and another forgery: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.82. George B. Sloane, “Counterfeit Danish West Indies”, American Philatelist, Vol. 46 (October 1932): 60. Two forgeries: Lowell Ragatz, “Spying Eye” column, The S.P.A. Journal, Vol. 7 (April 1945): 369-70, continued at Vol. 9 (September 1946): 30,31 (reprinted in Spying Eye Handbook on Philatelic Forgeries, pp.20,21), reprinted at Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 41 (December 29, 1945): 435. A. Krassa, “Counterfeits of the Danish West Indies Dues”, Stamps (U.S.), Vol. 1 (October 8, 1932): 132. Fournier forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.52 (Yvert 1- 4).
  • J5-J8. Numeral Postage Due stamp, 1905-13. Forgeries and fraudulent postmark: Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 1, p.11. Forgery of the 5b: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.83.

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