Forged stamps of Hong Kong

1862-1866

Queen Victoria

 
Hong_Kong_QV_2c_Genuine
Hong_Kong_Victoria_4c_Forgery
Hong_Kong_Victoria_6c_Genuine
Hong_Kong_Victoria_8c_Genuine
hong_kong_qv_12c_genuine
Hong_Kong_Victoria_24c_Genuine
hong_kong_qv_30c_genuine
Hong_Kong_Victoria_48c_Genuine
Hong_Kong_Victoria_96c_Genuine

1876-1898

Queen Victoria

Surcharged

 
Hong_Kong_Victoria_16-18c_Genuine
Hong_Kong_1880_SG23a_QV_5cents_Overprint_Forgery
Hong_Kong_1880_SG26a_QV_10cents_Overprint_Forgery
Hong_Kong_1891_QV_S.O._OVERPRINT_HOIHOW_Postmark_Forgery
Hong_Kong_1898_SG55_QV_10c_Double_Overprint_Genuine
Hong_Kong_1898_QV_SG49II_50cents_Overprint_Genuine
Hong_Kong_1898_QV_SG52_1dollar_Overprint_Genuine
Hong_Kong_1891_SG50-II_QV_1dollar_Overprint_Genuine
Hong_Kong_1891_SG51_QV_Jubilee_Overprint_Genuine

1903

King Edward VII

 
Hong_Kong_Edward_10dollars_Genuine

1954

Queen Elizabeth II

 
Hong_Kong_1954_QEII_50c_Genuine

Forged Postmarks

 
Hong_Kong_Shanghai_Sunburst_Postmark_Forgery5
Hong_Kong_Chefoo_Postmark_Forgery1
Hong_Kong_Shanghai_7-point-star_Postmark_Forgery2
Hong_Kong_IMPERIAL-POST-PA-KUA_Postmark_Forgery4
Hong_Kong_KIUNGCHOW-D28_Cirle-R_Postmark_Forgery
Hong_Kong_Amoy-D27_Postmark_Forgery

Forged Postmarks

Foreign

 
Hong_Kong_Queensland-148_Forged_Postmark
Hong_Kong_Australian_PAQUEBOT_Postmark_Forgery2
Hong_Kong_Australian_PAQUEBOT_Postmark_Forgery1
Hong_Kong_SAN-FRANCISCO-SHIP-DUMB-MARKER_Postmark_Forgery
Hong_Kong_ITALIAN-SHIP-BORMIDA_Postmark_Forgery
Hong_Kong_Nagasaki_Postmark_Forgery2

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  • The Major Forgers:
  • Spiro Brothers forgeries of Scott 1-8,10,12,13,15-21,23-25,29,30 and fraudulent postmark, First design, issues of 1862-80: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.1-5,14 (Figure 12).
  • First Fournier forgeries of Scott 1-8,10,12,13,15,17-19,21,24, (Tsang type F2) and fraudulent postmarks, First design, issues of 1862 and 1863-80: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.6-14.
  • Second Fournier forgeries of Scott 1,2,4-8,10,12,13,15a,18,19,21,24, (Tsang type F3) and fraudulent postmark, First design, issues of 1862 and 1863-80: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.6-14.
  • Oneglia forgeries of Scott 1-8,10,12,13,15-25, First design, issues of 1862 and 1863-80: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.15,16; Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.52,53.
  • Panelli forgeries of Scott 3,4,6,7,15,17,21,23,24,46,54, First design, issues of 1862-91: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.17-19.
  • Design type A1, Typographed, 1862-1902. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.96. See listings of individual stamps and series below for more citations.
  • 1-7. Unwatermarked Victoria, 1862. Panelli and two other forgeries: Joseph M. Sousa, “Common Counterfeits And Their Detection”, American Philatelist, Vol. 79 (July 1966): 778,79. Spiro Brothers forgeries and fraudulent postmark: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.454. Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. II, p31. Fournier, N. Imperato and another forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.172,73 (Yvert 1-8). Two forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.502,3; supplemental to Earee forgery #1: John F. Weigand, “Forgeries of Hong Kong”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 36 (June 12, 1943): 330. Forgery of the 2c brown stamp, 1862 and 1865: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.22. For other forgeries, see The Major Forgers above.
  • 8,10,12,16-21,23,24,25. Watermarked 2c brown, 4c, 6c, 16c, 18c, 24c, 30c, 48c rose, 96c values of the 1863-80 issue, and the 4c, 1874. Two forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.502,3. Forgery of the 2c brown stamp: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.22. For other citations, see The Major Forgers above and “17“, “23“ and “ 25“ below.
    9,11,14,16,22. 2c dull rose, 5c, 10c, 16c yellow, and 48c brown values of the watermarked issue of 1863-80. Cancellation of specimens: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.455. For forgeries, see The Major Forgers above.
  • 17. 18c lilac, watermarked CC, 1866. Fake using the front of Scott 4 and back of any stamp with CC watermark. Andrew M.T. Cheung, “Recent Hong Kong Forgeries”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal No. 1 (October 1998): 63-66. For forgeries, see The Major Forgers above.
  • 23. 96c bister, 1865. Two Sperati forgeries: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.48 and Plate 9. Sperati forgery: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.20,21; Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – VII”, The Philatelist, Vol. 20 (November 1953): 36-39, continued at (December 1953): 66,67. Fake made by adding color to #24: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.32,33. For other forgeries, see The Major Forgers above.
  • 25. 4c slate, perf.12½, 1874. Faked mint copy made from a used copy, with central design replaced with one from Scott 10. Andrew M.T. Cheung, “Recent Hong Kong Forgeries”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 1 (October 1998): 63-66. For forgeries, see The Major Forgers above.
  • 26-28. Dollar value Revenue stamps which were also used postally, 1874. Revenue cancellation: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 29-35. Provisional issues of 1876 and 1879-80. Forgery of both surcharge and basic stamp: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.52,53. For other citations, see The Major Forgers above and the individual stamps below.
  • 30. 28c on 30c violet, 1876. Forgery of surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.34,35. For other forgeries, see The Major Forgers above.
  • 31,32. 5c Provisional stamps, 1879-80. Forgery of surcharge: Robson Lowe (editor), The Gee-Ma Forgeries, p.10; Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.36,37.
  • 33. 10c on 12c blue, 1879. Three forgeries of surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.38-40.
  • 34a (Inverted surcharge). 10c on 16c yellow, 1879. Fake: Ming W. Tsang letter to the Editor, Fakes & Forgeries, No. 12 (June 1996): 266.
  • 35. 10c on 24c, 1879. Two forgeries of surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.41,42.
  • 46. 12c blue, 1902. Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.52,53. Panelli forgeries: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.17-19.
  • 50. 12c on $10, 1882. Revenue cancellation: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.58,59.
  • 51-56. Provisional issue of 1885-91. Forgery of both surcharge and basic stamp: The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.52,53. 50c of 1891 (on lilac stamp): pp.17-19. Forged $1 surcharge on 96c, violet, red, 1891: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.43,44; fake made from the 10c, 1891 (Scott 44): J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.96.
  • — Fake made by washing Scott 52 to produce a yellow green copy: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.32.
  • — Fake made by washing Scott 54 to produce a pale rose copy: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.32.
  • 59. $10 Revenue stamp, perf. 14, also used postally: Fake postmarks made by altering fiscal cancellations: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 64. 7c on 10c green, 1891. Two forgeries of surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.50,51.
  • 65. 14c on 30c violet, 1891. Two forgeries of surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.52,53.
  • 66. Jubilee overprinted issue, 1891. Forged overprint. Robson Lowe (editor), The Gee-Ma Forgeries, p.10. Ten forged overprints: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.64-73. Recent computer generated and another forged overprint: Andrew M.T. Cheung, “Recent Hong Kong Forgeries”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal No. 1 (October 1998): 63-66. Forged overprint on 2c rose with CC or CA watermark: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.96.
  • 69,70. Provisional stamp, 1898. Forgery of both surcharge and basic stamp: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.52,53. Forgeries of surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.55,54.
    Oneglia fraudulent postmarks. Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.52,53.
  • 78. 20c Edward VII, 1903. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.459.
  • 83,106. $3 Edward VII stamps, 1903 and 1904-11. Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.24.
  • 85,108. $10 Edward VII stamps, 1903 and 1904-11. Two forgeries: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.25,26. Fake of the 1903 stamp: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. III, p.459.
  • 97. 20c orange brown and black Edward VII, 1904-11. Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.23. H.G. Leslie Fletcher, Postal Forgeries of the World, p.65.
  • Fiscal cancellation of KEVII stamps: Michael Rogers, “Fascinating Hong Kong offers a wide variety of collecting challanges”, Linn’s Stamp News (January 16, 2006): 26.
  • 167. 5c green fiscal stamp used postally, 1938. Forgery and fraudulent postmark: H.G. Leslie Fletcher, “Postal Forgeries of the World”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 68 (July-September 1976): 238,39. Fraudulent postmarks: Ellery Denison, “Forged Postmarks On The Hong Kong 5c Revenue”, The China Clipper, Vol. 4 (February 1, 1940): 36,37.
  • 178,79. Silver Jubilee issue, 1948. Anon., “Faked Hong Kong 1948 set”, Philatelic Exporter, Vol. 53 (December 1997): 30.
  • 778a. Panoramic Views of the Hong Kong Skyline, sheet of the $10, $20, $50 values, 1997. Postal forgeries: Andrew M.T. Cheung, “Fight Against Fakes and Forgeries on Internet Sales”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal No. 13 (April 2010): 163-75, at pp. 173-75.
    Fraudulent postmarks. Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.74-97.
  • Fiscal cancellations, 19th century single circle: Edwin Mueller, “from the philatelic Consultant” column, Mercury Stamp Journal, Vol. 2, Whole No. 16 (December 1950): 88.
  • Fraudulent Hong Kong Treaty Port postmarks. Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.119-127.
  • N3. Forged surcharge: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.56,57.
  • Japanese occupation issues.
  • Fraudulent postmarks: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, pp.98-118.
  • Da Luz fake covers. Robert M. Spaulding, “Da Luz Too-Early Cancels On The 1 Sen Harvesting”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 50 (December 1995): 250-54 (other articles for background on this subject are in volumes 49-53 of Japanese Philately). Lois M. Evans, “Japanese-Occupied Hong Kong, 1940-1945: Beware, Forged Postmarks”, American Philatelist, Vol.97 (June 1983): 506. Forged postmarks: Varro E. Tyler, “Forged Postmarks of Hong Kong”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 25 (February 1970): 33-35; Robert M. Spaulding, Jr., “More on Hong Kong”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 25 (April 1970): 87-92. Contrary view: Ming W. Tsang, Hong Kong Forgeries, p.103; criticism of Tsang’s view: Varro E. Tyler, “Forged Japanese occupation covers reappear”, Linn’s Stamp News (May 4, 1998): 10. Anon., “Wrong Postmarks On 25,000 ‘H. Da Luz’ Covers”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 62 (June 2007): Front cover.

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