Forged Stamps of Danzig

1920. Germania Surcharged ‘DANZIG’

Genuine vs. Forgery

Danzig_1920_Germania_60pf_Genuine

Genuine Michel #40

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Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1920. Berlin Reichspostamt Surcharged ‘DANZIG’

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine Michel #48

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Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1920. German stamps Surcharged ‘DANZIG’

Genuine vs. Forgeries

General characteristics

Genuine

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The beginning upstroke of “a” in Danzig is a tangent to the body of “a”.

Forgery

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The beginning upstroke of “a” in Danzig is not a tangent to the body of “a”.

Genuine

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The line following the upstroke of “i” in Danzig cut into the back of the “z” and touch the uppermost part of “g”.

Forgery

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The line following the upstroke of “i” in Danzig does not cut into the back of the “z” or touch the uppermost part of “g”.

Forged Covers / Cards

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Forged Vorläufer cover

Postmark is from 1920. The name “Freie Stadt Danzig” was not used until 1921.

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Stamps added to genuine card.

Forged postmark copied from French handbook applied

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Stamps added to genuine card.

Forged postmark copied from French handbook applied

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Stamps added to genuine card.

Forged postmark copied from French handbook applied

Forged Postmarks

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Forged postmark on genuine stamp

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Forged postmark on genuine stamp

24-hour postmark (’17-18′). Lacks ‘V’ for Vormittag or ‘N’ for Nachmittag

Signed ‘Jendroszek’ on the back

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Literature

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  • 1-15. Overprinted issue of 1920. Five fraudulent overprints: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 1/15). Forged overprint on the 4m: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 6, p.35; Kurt Kayssner, Check to the Forgers: an Indispensable Resource for the Collector, etc., p.8.
  • 20. 10pf on 20 pf, 1920. Forged double overprint: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 17DD).
  • 27. 2m on 35pf, 1920. Three forged surcharges. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 28).
  • 28. 3m on 71⁄2pf, 1920. Forged surcharge. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 29).
  • 30. 10m on 71⁄2pf, 1920. Forged surcharge. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 31).
  • 31-47. 1920 issue overprinted diagonally with bar. Fraudulent overprint. Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p15. Eleven fraudulent overprints: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Overprints on Michel 21-25,32-40). Two forged overprints: Kurt Kayssner, Check to the Forgers: an Indispensable Resource for the Collector, etc. (Michel 21-25), pp.9,10. Two forged overprints: L.N. and M. Williams, “Cinderella Stamp Corner”, Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 30 (September 1964): 571.
  • 31 2pf overprinted diagonally with bar, 1920. Back-dated cancellation to produce a First Day Cover: German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 32 woth FDC cancel)).
  • 167. 5g on 1mil m, 1923. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 192).
  • 200-209. 10th Anniversary of the Free State overprinted issue of 1930. Kull forged overprint: Kurt Kayssner, Check to the Forgers: an Indispensable Resource for the Collector, etc. (Michel 220-230), p.7.
  • C30. 21⁄2g, Air Post stamp, 1924. German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 12, “Danzig“ (Michel 206).
  • Forged cancellation: Dr. Werner M. Bohne, “Forged Bechtolsheim Cancellation”, The German Postal Specialist, Vol. 40 (July 1989): 267-72.
  • O42-O52. “Dienst-marke overprinted Official Stamps of 1924-25. Kull forged overprint: Kurt Kayssner, Check to the Forgers: an Indispensable Resource for the Collector, etc. , pp.6,7; Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 1, p.12. Another forged overprint on the 40pf: Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. I, p.16.

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