Forged stamps of Epirus – Chimarra

According to Rienk M. Feenstra, more than 90% of the Chimarra stamps on the market are forgeries.

One forger had access to the original printing dies as well as the original Chimarra Agioi Seranta type I & III postmark handstamps.

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1914. Chimarra. 1L

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1914. Chimarra. 5L

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1914. Chimarra. 10L

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1914. Chimarra. 25L

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1914. Chimarra. Covers

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All covers addressed to Carilao Kongakis, whether in Greek, French or Italian are forgeries.

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  • — Moschopolis issue of 1914. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.94. Proofs and reprints: Andrew Cronin, The Stamps of Moschopolis of 1914 (Philotelia, Athens, 1977):15,16.
  • — Flag issue of Ersekë. Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #328, Linn’s Stamp News (June 5, 2000): 6. Orestes Vlastos, Comparisons of Hellenic postage stamps, 1861-1923: a comparative study of genuine stamps and their known forgeries (O. Vlastos, Ltd., Halandri, Greece, 1992): 183-86. Varro E. Tyler, “Forgeries Scarcer than Originals of Unlisted Epirus Set”, American Philatelist, Vol. 100 (October 1986): 955. John S. Phipps, The Stamps and Posts of Albania and Epirus 1878 to 1945 (Stuart Rossiter Trust, Bristol, U.K., 1996; hereafter, “The Stamps and Posts of Albania and Epirus”): 138-41 (section 2.12.12).
  • 1-4. First Chimarra Issue, 1914. Hellenic Philatelic Society of America study group, HPSA Bulletin, No.16 (September 1968): 1-17. John S. Phipps, The Stamps and Posts of Albania and Epirus (Stuart Rossiter Trust, Bristol, U.K., 1996), pp.130-34 (section 2.12.7). Orestes Vlastos, Comparisons of Hellenic postage stamps, 1861-1923: a comparative study of genuine stamps and their known forgeries (O. Vlastos, Ltd., Halandri, Greece, 1992): 174-77. Any cover addressed to Charilass Gongakis (spellings vary) in Greek and other languages is a fake: Varro E. Tyler, “Forty Forgotten Forgeries”, American Philatelist, Vol. 114 (March 2000): 242-248, at p.244.
  • 5-12. Marksman Issue, Provisional Government, 1914. Orestes Vlastos, Comparisons of Hellenic postage stamps, 1861-1923: a comparative study of genuine stamps and their known forgeries (O. Vlastos, Ltd., Halandri, Greece, 1992): 178-82. Forgeries with altered inscription: The Stamps and Posts of Albania and Epirus, pp.125,26 (section 2.12.3).
  • 34-41. Second Chimarra Issue, 1914. Overprint is typographed and measures 12mm across by 13mm down: The Stamps and Posts of Albania and Epirus, pp.134,35 (section 2.12.9).
  • Postmarks: Andrew Cronin, “The Riddle of the ‘Forty Saints’ in Northern Epirus/Southern Albania”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 10 (March 2007): 92-98.
  • Greek Occupation, 1914-16. Genuine postmarks: The Stamps and Posts of Albania and Epirus, pp.160-62 (section 2.16.5).

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