Forged Stamps of Hamburg

1859-1867. Coat of Arms. Drei Schilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Four shading lines in the left-side of the scroll

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Dot to the left of ‘H’ in HAMBURG.

Crossbar of ‘H’ is exactly in the middle

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The left 6-sided star is located directly over a tower battlement as shown, and closer to the main tower than the right 6-sided star

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‘B’ has a foot stroke.

Cross does not touch the scroll

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Center stroke of ‘B’ slopes upwards to the left

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The right 6-sided star is located directly over the right edge of a tower battlement as shown

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Long cross stroke of ‘G’

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Five shading lines in the right-side of the scroll, the first being 1/2 length of the others

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Left central part of ‘3’ is square

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There are six shading lines in the left-side of the scroll. The left-most is nearly a full line. The remaining five look like short vertical dashes/dots on top/bottom of ‘P’. None of these shading lines traverse through the ‘P’ itself but their ends are usually present.

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‘P’ learns heavily to the left

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‘O’ in POSTMARKE is tall and oval

Most of the letters in POSTMARKE have foot strokes

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‘S’ in SCHILLING does not touch the trident ornament

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Upper horizontal limb of ‘E’ in POSTMARKE is broken or sometimes connected by a thin line

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The diagonal strokes of the ‘K’ are finely joined about midway

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Four shading lines at the right-side of the scroll. First two beginning under ‘E’. The third is drawn only half way up the right foot stroke of ‘E’. The fourth right-most line is a full line. None of these lines traverse through the ‘E’.

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Eleven shading lines in the right side of the scroll

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Right side of the scroll is closer to the bottom margin than the left side

Genuine Michel #4

The forgeries lack one or more of the characteristics described above

Beware of trimmed perforated stamps. To be on the safe side, make sure the margins are adequate (min. 21,5 mm x 25,5 mm)

hamburg_1859_3schilling_proof_genuine

Genuine proof

hamburg_1859_3schilling_pf1_genuine

Genuine variety

2nd ‘l’ in schilling broken

hamburg_1864_3schilling_genuine

Genuine Michel #15

Same characteristics as imperforate

Several colour variations

hamburg_1859_3schilling_forgery1

Forgery

hamburg_1864_3schilling_pf1_genuine

Genuine variety

2nd ‘l’ in schilling broken

hamburg_1864_3schlling_pf2_genuine

Genuine variety

White dash into ‘D’ in Drei 

hamburg_1864_3schilling_fournier_forgery

Fournier forgery

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