Forged Stamps of Finland

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Watch out for rouletting forgeries, where perforations are changed to look like more expensive variations

1866. Lion & Coat of Arms. 8 Pen

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgery

Finland_1866_8pen_Genuine

Genuine

  • – Seven stars in the shield
  • – Three legs on the sabre
  • – Double frame
  • – 8+8 pearls in the crown
Finland_1866_8pen_1892_reprint_illustration

Illustration of 1892 reprint

New clichés. Letterpressed in sheets of 10. Rouletted IV. Black on green paper with smooth gum. Also exist unperforated and without gum.

Genuine with horizontal pen-cancel removed

Finland_1866_8pen_Forgery

Forgery

1866. Lion & Coat of Arms. 10 Pen

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

Finland_1866_10pen_Genuine

Genuine

  • – Eight stars in the shield
  • – Three legs on the sabre
  • – Single frame
  • – 9+9 pearls in the crown
Finland_1866_10pen_1892_reprint_illustration

Illustration of 1892 reprint

New clichés. Letterpressed in sheets of 10. Rouletted IV. Black on yellow paper with smooth gum. Also exist unperforated and without gum.

Finland_1866_10pen_Forgery

Forgery

Finland_1866_10pen_Forgery2

Forgery

Finland_1866_10p_Hellman_Forgery1

“Hellman” forgery

Finland_1866_10p_Hellman_Forgery1_back

Back

Finland_1866_10p_Hellman_Forgery2

“Hellman” forgery

Finland_1866_10p_Hellman_Forgery2_back

Back

1866. Lion & Coat of Arms. 40 Pen

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgery

Finland_1866_40pen_Genuine

Genuine

Finland_1866_40pen_1892_reprint_illustration

Illustration of 1892 reprint

New clichés. Letterpressed in sheets of 10. Rouletted IV. Black on yellow paper with smooth gum. Also exist unperforated and without gum.

Finland_1866_40pen_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.

Finland_1866_40pen_Forgery

Forgery

1867. Lion & Coat of Arms. 1 Mark

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

Finland_1867_1mark_Genuine

Genuine

Finland_1867_1mark_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

characteristics in red

  • – White line below ‘RK’ in MARK broken
  • – The frame lines top/bottom right are connected
  • – Horizontal line at the very bottom left
Finland_1867_1mark_Fournier_Forgery2

Fournier forgery

  • – Typographed on thick paper
  • – Small line extends from the lowest pearl on the right side of the crown
Finland_1867_1mark_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

  • – Typographed on thick paper
  • – Small line extends from the lowest pearl on the right side of the crown
  • – Here seen with typical Helsingfors 27.1.68 cancellation
Finland_1867_1mark_Fournier_Forgery_characteristic

Fournier forgery

Small line extends from the lowest pearl on the right side of the crown

Finland_1867_1mark_Essay_Genuine

Genuine ‘Ferd. Tilgman’ Essay

J. Tuori certificate (2008)

Finland_1867_1mark_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.

Finland_1867_1mark_1892_reprint

Illustration of 1892 reprint

New clichés. Letterpressed in sheets of 10. Rouletted IV. Light red paper with smooth gum. Also exist unperforated and without gum.

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