Forged Stamps of Lombardy & Venetia
Genuine vs. Forgeries
Leaves are well defined and slightly bended
Tiny leaf to the right well defined – not merged with upper leaf
‘1’ almost attached to the ornament. ‘1’ slightly open at the top. Left line at the base is shorter than the right line.
Left side of ‘o’ is not as round as the right side.
Type 1a: Complete
Type 1b: Always broken in the upper part
Crown on the left eagle is slightly thinner than the one to the right
Upper serif of central line of ‘E’ broken
Type I: Bottom line of ‘E’ broken
Acorn is attached to the branch
Genuine Type I
The shield (back of the Eagle) has been cleaned. The points have been cleaned in 2 directions (less regular) or 3 directions (more regular).
Second ‘E’ in “CENTES” has been repaired: No longer broken in the bottom line.
Genuine type III. Type II does not exist. Difference with type I as shown above.
2 different plates. Only printed on Machine-made paper. No watermark. Reprints exist.
Lombardy & Venetia