Forged stamps of Malta

1860-1882. Queen Victoria. 1/2 Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Malta_1_Genuine

Genuine

Malta_1_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

White dots in the letter ‘A’ of MALTA, below ‘A’ in HALF and to the right of ‘N’ in PENNY. Color spots between the outer frames to the right and on a leaf.

Malta_1_Forgery

Forgery

‘Watermark’ visible from the front

Malta_1_Torres_Illustration

Illustration by Plácido Ramón de Torres: Album ilustrado de sellos de correo, Barcelona 1879. Torres sold illustrations to various dealers/forgers from 1864 onwards, as well as made forgeries himself.

1885. Queen Victoria. 5 Shilling

Forgery

Malta_QV_1885_5s_Forgery

Forgery

1919. St. Pauls Shipwreck. 10 Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Malta_10s_Genuine

Genuine

Only 1530 printed

Malta_10s_Forgery

Forgery

Malta_10s_Forgery2

Forgery

1925. Postage Due

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Malta_Postage_Due_1925_3d_Genuine

Genuine

Malta_Postage_Due_1925_2.5d_Fogeries

Forgeries

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  • A1-A97. Forerunners, cancellation of British stamps used in Malta, 1854-60. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), pp.381,82; Bertrum McGowan, “Malta Postmarks on British Stamps”, The British Philatelist, Vol. 24 (February 1932): 93,94.
  • 1-3,3a-7. Issues of 1860-82. Oneglia forgeries: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, p.57. Sperati forgery of the ½p buff, 1861 (1): British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.52 and Plate 12; Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – II”, The Philatelist, Vol. 19 (June 1953): 223-27, continued in Vol. 20 (October 1953): 2-4. Sperati forgery of 2: Edwin Mueller, “European Classics: XXVII. Malta”, Mercury Stamp Journal, Vol. 5, Whole No. 55 (September 1960): 150-156, at p.154. Mis-perforated forgeries of the buff ½p stamps, 1860-61 (Scott 1,2), unwatermarked forgery of the buff ½p, 1865 (5), and fake of the buff ½p, 1878 (6): The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.232 (Yvert 1,2,3). Forgeries of buff ½p stamps, 1860-61 and 1863 (1-3a), fake of the buff ½p, 1865 (5), made from 3, and cancellation of specimen of the 1863-82 issues (3-7): The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), pp.395,85. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.99,79.
  • 14. 5sh stamp of 1886. Sperati forgery: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Work of Jean De Sperati II/ Including Previously Unlisted Forgeries, p.25 and Plate B. Varro E. Tyler (contributor), “Maltese Fantasy”, Linn’s Stamp News (February 19, 2001): 42. Forgery with wrong perforation: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), p.395. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.232 (Yvert 5-11). J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.99,79 (1895).
  • 20. 1p on 2½p, 1902. Forged surcharge. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), p.395. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.232 (Yvert 17). Characteristics of the genuine surcharge: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.99.
  • 54. 3p. value of the KGV issue of 1914-21. Stamps with white back were prepared for use but not issued: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I, p.257.
  • 123,26,27. Overprinted issue, 1926. Forged overprint. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.232 (Yvert 1925). The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), p.395.
  • J1-J10. Typographed Postage Due stamps, 1925. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.233 (Yvert 1925). Forgery of the 2½p error: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), p.395.
  • Genuine cancellations: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. I (Second Edition), pp.382-84.
  • Fraudulent cancellation: J.G.C. Lander, “A Maltese Irregularity”, The Philatelist, Vol. 22 (December 1955): 68,69.
  • Six Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, DE 23/73, A 25, to 1943. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.67,68.

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