Forged stamps of Great Britain

Queen Victoria

1840. Queen Victoria. One Penny Black

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

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Genuine

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Genuine ‘Victoria Regina – VR’ Official stamp

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1864 ‘Royal reprint’

Origin disputed

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‘VR’ forgery

RPSL certificate no. 200996

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‘VR’ forgery

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‘VR’ forgery

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‘VR’ forgery

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Forgery

No dot after ‘Penny’

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Forgery

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Forgery

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Forgery

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Forgery

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Forgery

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Photographic forgery

Easy check

Curl up slightly if held in the palm of your hand

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4 photographic forgeries added to genuine cover after removing original stamps

1840. Queen Victoria. Two Pence Blue

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine

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Genuine – Heavily repaired

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Forgery

1847. Queen Victoria embossed. One Shilling

Genuine

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Genuine

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Envelope cut-out

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Envelope cut-out

1854. Queen Victoria embossed. Six Pence

Genuine

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Genuine

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Envelope cut-out

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Envelope cut-out

1872. Queen Victoria. One Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Genuine – Plate 5

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Genuine – Plate 6

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‘Stock Exchange’  forgery

Corners blurred

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‘Stock Exchange’  forgery

The Stock Exchange Forgery was discovered in early 1898, when Charles Nissen, the author of The Plating of the Penny Black Stamps of Great Britain, discovered examples of “Plate 5” and “Plate 6.” The forgeries were used on telegraph forms at the Stock Exchange, and would have escaped notice had they been destroyed after use which was the normal procedure.

The telegraph forms were franked with the forged stamps and the clerk participating in the fraud would pocket the cash. Since the clerk used the forged stamps, the stock of genuine stamps would not be depleted, thus concealing the fraud. The discovery was made possible due to the fact that the bags were taken from storage instead of destroyed and the stamps were sold to dealers.

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‘Stock Exchange’  forgery

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‘Stock Exchange’  forgery

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‘Stock Exchange’  forgery

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‘Stock Exchange’  forgery

1867-1880. Queen Victoria. Two Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Genuine

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Sperati forgery

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Sperati forgery

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Sperati forgery

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Forgery

1883. Queen Victoria. Nine Pence

Genuine

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Genuine

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Genuine – Reperforated at the Top

1883. Queen Victoria. Five Shillings

Genuine vs. Reperforated

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Genuine

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Reperforated

1883. Queen Victoria. Ten Shillings

Genuine vs. Forgery

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Genuine

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Forgery

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