Forged Stamps of Hamburg

1859-1867. Coat of Arms. Ein Schilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

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Hamburg_1859_1schilling_Genuine
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5 lines and part of 6th in upper scroll above ‘H’

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Ornaments on both sides of ‘EIN’ are freestanding

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Dash/dot to the top-left of ‘P’

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‘O’ leans to the right

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Right top of ‘T’ broken or lightly attached by a thin line

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Tiny dot below cross-bar of ‘A’

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Short vertical dash just right-below 90-degree junction of ‘1’

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Faint dot below the top-left stroke of ‘M’

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Cross does not touch scroll

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Faint dot left of the top stroke of ‘U’

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Both 6-sided stars stand vertically on their points

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Star does not touch the tower

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Horizontal dash above and between ‘U’ and ‘R’

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Downstroke of ‘G’ bent to the right

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Right leg of ‘K’ appears to be somewhat near perpendicular to the main-stroke

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6 lines + trace of 7th in the bottom right scroll

Genuine – 1859. Imperforate. Michel #2

The forgeries lack one or more of the characteristics described above

Hamburg_1859_1schilling_PF1_Genuine

Genuine variety. Michel # 2 I

Large dot between ‘M’ and ‘B’ in HAMBURG

Hamburg_1864_1schilling_Genuine

Genuine – 1864. Perforated. Michel #11

Same characteristics as imperforate

Hamburg_1859_1schilling_Forgery1

Forgery

Hamburg_1859_1schilling_Forgery2

Forgery

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