Forged Stamps of Fiume

1919. Italian Cruiser in Harbor inscribed ‘FIUME’

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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2
3
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1

Ends on the cross are rectangular

2

No crack in the middle of the cross

3

Sailor’s collar is clear lined

Genuine Michel #48

Genuine characteristics are the same for both 30, 50 & 60 Cent, as well as 1, 2, 3, 5 & 10 Krone.

Forgery Type I

Characteristics

– Ends on the cross are not rectangular

– No crack in the middle of the cross 

– The sailor’s collar is not shaded

Forgery Type II

Characteristics

– Crack in the middle of the cross

– Sailor’s collar as genuine 

– Paper is smooth, mostly gum free

Forgery Type III

Characteristics

– As type 2 but on a rough, unfinished paper

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Forgery type II

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Forgery type III

fiume_1919_harbor_1cor_forgery_type_3

Forgery type III

fiume_1919_harbor_2cor_forgery_type_2

Forgery type II

fiume_1919_harbor_2cor_forgery_type_3

Forgery type III

Forgery type III

fiume_1919_harbor_5cor_forgery_type_2

Forgery type II

Forgery type III

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Forgery type I

1919. Italian Cruiser in Harbor inscribed ‘POSTA FIUME’

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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fiume_1919_harbor_posta-fiume_30cent_genuine
1

No crack in the middle of the cross

Genuine Michel #64

Genuine characteristics are the same for both 30, 50 & 60 Cent, as well as 1, 2, 3, 5 & 10 Krone.

The forgeries are characterised with a crack in the middle of the cross. Exist both on smooth and rough paper.

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Forgery – rough paper

fiume_1919_harbor_posta-fiume_50cent_forgery_type3

Forgery – rough paper

fiume_1919_harbor_posta-fiume_60cent_forgery_type3

Forgery – rough paper

fiume_1919_harbor_posta-fiume_10cor_forgery_smooth

Forgery – smooth paper

fiume_1919_harbor_posta-fiume_10cor_forgery_rough

Forgery – rough paper

1919. Italian Cruiser in Harbor – Franco Overprints

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Forgery

fiume_1919_harbor_25f-50cent_forgery_type_3

Forgery

fiume_1919_harbor_25f-50cent_forgery

Forgery

fiume_1919_harbor_15f-60cent_forgery

Forgery

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-1cor_genuine

Genuine

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-2cor_genuine

Genuine

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-3cor_genuine

Genuine

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-3cor_forgery_type_3

Forgery

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-5cor_genuine

Genuine

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-10cor_genuine

Genuine

fiume_1919_harbor_55f-10cor_forgery

Forgery

Thanks to Ivan Martinâs, president of Croatian Stamp Examiner Association, for images and Analysis of Fiume forgeries.

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