Forged stamps of Liberia

1860-1880

Liberty

 
Liberia_Allegory_1st-series_6c_Genuine
Liberia_Allegory_1st-series_12c_Unknown_Forgery3
Liberia_Allegory_1st-series_24c_Unknown_Forgery3
Liberia_1880_Allegory_1cent_Genuine
Liberia_1880_Allegory_6cent_Genuine
Liberia_1880_Allegory_12cent_Genuine
Liberia_1880_Allegory_24cent_Genuine

1881-1892

 
Liberia_Inland_Postage_3c_Genuine
Liberia_1885-92_Numeral_1c_Genuine
Liberia_1885-92_Numeral_2c_Imperf_Genuine
Liberia_1885_Numerial_32c_Genuine

1892-1905

Pictorials

 
Liberia_1901_ Pictorial_5c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
 
Liberia_1901_Palm_1c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Star_2c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Johnson_10c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Via-Woman_15c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Coat-of-Arms_16c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Star_24c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Star_25c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Coat-of-Arms_30c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Coat-of-Arms_32c_Ordinary_Handstamped-OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Liberty_50c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Johnson_5dollars_Ordinary_Forgery
 
Liberia_1892_Elephant_4c_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Elephant_5c_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_Elephant_5c_Grey_Ordinary_OS_Genuine
Liberia_1901_ Hippopotamus_1dollar_Ordinary_OS_Forgery

1915-1917

Provisionals

 
Liberia_1915-16_Provisional_1dollar-on5dollars_red_Genuine
Liberia_1915-16_Provisional_2c-on-15c_Genuine
Liberia_1915-16_Provisional_50c-on2dollars_Genuine
Liberia_1916_Provisional_1c-on-2c_Genuine
Liberia_1917_Provisional_5c-on-30c_Genuine
 
Liberia_1915-16_Provisional_10c-on-50c_black_Genuine
Liberia_1916_Provisional_2c-on-5c_Genuine

1916

LFF Overprints

 
Liberia_1916_Palm_1c_LFF_overprint_Genuine
Liberia_1916_Hut_1c_LFF_overprint_Genuine

1918-1919

 
Liberia_1918_Pictorial_2dollars_Genuine
Liberia_1919_Registration_stamp_10c_Genuine

1936

Airmail

 
Liberia_1939_Airmail_6c-on-1c_Genuine
Liberia_1939_Airmail_6c-on-2c_Genuine
Liberia_1939_Airmail_6c-on-3c_Genuine

1941

First Flight Liberia – U.S.

 
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_1c_Genuine
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_20c_Genuine
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_50c_Genuine
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_1dollar_Genuine
 
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_2c_Genuine
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_3c_Genuine
Liberia_1941_First_Flight_10c_Genuine

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  • 1-20. “Liberia” issues, 1860-80. Fournier, Spiro and other forgeries: Philip Cockrill, The Forgeries Of The First Issues Of Liberia 1860-1880, Series Booklet No. 4 (Author, Newbury, Berks, England, n.d.), soft bound. Private reprint, Spiro Brothers and other forgeries: Evert Klaseboer, Stamps: Catalogue, CD Rom, Vol.2 (Singapore, February 2008). Forgeries of the issues of 1860, 1864, and 1866-69: Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. II, p.44. Two Fournier forgeries and fraudulent postmark and other forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.220,21 (Yvert 1-6, 7-9 and 10-14). Spiro Brothers forgeries of the 1860 and 1866-69 issues: Paper II, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.19,20. Eight forgeries of the 6c, six forgeries of the 12c, four forgeries of the 24c, 1866-69 issue, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.545-60. Characteristics of the genuine stamps of 1866-69 and fraudulent cancellation: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.160,61 (1867). Fraudulent cancellation, “Monpowa”, and forgery: Harold D. Watson, “Notes on the First Type of Liberia”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 27 (July 1948): 60,85, at p.85.

  • 4c Numeral stamp from the regular issue of 1885. Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #348, Linn’s Stamp News (March 12, 2001): 6.

  • Re-issue of 8c Numeral stamp with network, 1889. Distinguished from the 1882 issue: Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalogue of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, p.41.

  • 2c Numeral stamp from the regular issue of 1892-90. Kamigata forgery. “Focus on Forgeries” #350, Linn’s Stamp News (April 9, 2001): 6.

  • Reprint: see note following 64a in Scott’s Classic Specialized Catalogue of Stamps & Covers.

  • 155,156. “one ct.” and “2ct” Provisional stamps, 1915. Forged surcharges: Luciano Varaschini, “Liberia – Forgeries Of SG 328-31”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No.5 (2002): 147-48.

  • CTO cancellations. Henry Chanda, “The Identification of Postally used Liberia as Illustrated by the Reichs druckerei Issues”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 53 (November 1974): 337-48.

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