Forged Stamps of Hamburg

1859-1867. Coat of Arms. Vier Schilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Six or seven shading lines in the top-left of the scroll, the first very short and hugs the top of the frame, the last also very short and may appear as short dash/dot.

Three shading lines at the bottom-left side of the scroll.

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‘i’ in Vier has a very large round, dot, which is not level with the top of the ‘V’.

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Two shading lines at the top-left side of the scroll.

Nine to eleven shading lines in the bottom-left of the scroll, the first and last may appear as a short dash/dot.

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Top strokes of ‘H’ do not touch. Cross-bar is centered.

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Left star is situated slightly left of center of the second inner battlement.

It is closer to the dome than the right star.

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‘B’ leans slightly to the left. The bottom is slightly wider than its top.

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Cross does not touch the scroll.

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Right star is situated slightly right of center of the second inner battlement.

The lowest point almost touches the tower below it.

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The center of the lower scroll is closer to the inner frame line than the center of the top scroll is to the inner frame line.

Scroll below ‘M’ almost touches/ touches the inner frame.

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Shadow of the right end of the cross-bar of ‘4’ does not extend to the right side of the tower.

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The four trident-shaped ornaments all touch scrolls.

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Tail of ‘G’ points directly downward or slightly to the right. The cross-stroke is at (or slightly lower than) mid-letter.

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Six or seven shading lines in the top-right of the scroll, the first very short and hugs the top of the frame, the last also very short and may appear as short dash/dot.

Four well centered shading lines of varying lengths at the right side of the scroll tapering inward.

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Point after Schilling

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Short stroke/dot above top right-side of ‘E’.

Tail of ‘S’ looks like a fish tail.

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One long shading line at the top-right side of the scroll, sometimes with portions of a second.

Eleven shading lines in the bottom-right, the first and last may appear as a short dash/dot.

Genuine Michel #5

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)

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Genuine Michel #16

Same characteristics as imperforate

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Genuine double impression

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Forgery

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