Forged stamps of Gambia

1869 & 1874. Queen Victoria. Four Pence

Genuine vs. forgeries

Gambia_1_Genuine

Genuine

Gambia_1_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Gambia_1_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.

1869 & 1874. Queen Victoria. Six Pence

Genuine vs. forgeries

Gambia_QV_6p_Genuine

Genuine

Gambia_QV_6p_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Gambia_QV_6p_Forgery

Forgery

1880-1887. Queen Victoria. One Penny

Forgery

Gambia_QV_1p_Oneglia_Forgery

Oneglia forgery

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Literature

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  • 1-19. The “Cameos” issues, 1869-87. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.104 (Yvert 1-19). Four forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.388-90. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.93. Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.15. See below for more citations.
  • 1,2. 4p and 6p Cameos, 1869. Fournier forgeries: Alfred J. Branston, “The Cameos of The Gambia”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 76 (October-December, 1984): 121. Spiro Brothers unembossed forgeries: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. II, p.331. Forgeries and genuine cancellation: R.E.R. Dalwick, “The Gambia”, Philatelist, Vol. 19 (October 1952): 8-11, continued at (November 1952): 30-33 (this article was published in many installments, beginning in Vol. 18).
  • 6.3p ultrmarine Cameo, 1880. Oneglia forgery. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.109.
  • Ten Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, JA 2/97 to 1945. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.52,53.

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