Forged Stamps of New Zealand

1855-1873. Queen Victoria. Chalon. One Penny

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

New_Zealand_1855_SG1_QV_Chalon_1p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#1

New_Zealand_1855_SG4_QV_Chalon_1p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#4

New_Zealand_1855_SG33_QV_Chalon_1p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#33

New_Zealand_1855_SG35_QV_Chalon_1p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#35

New_Zealand_1864_SG111a_QV_Chalon_1p_Reprint

Reprint

New_Zealand_1862_SG69_QV_Chalon_1p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#69

New_Zealand_Chalon_1p_altered1

Forged roulettes on otherwise genuine stamp

Odenweller/AIEP certificate #35413 (2015)

New_Zealand_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Forgery

Forgery

New_Zealand_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Forgery2

Forgery

1855-1873. Queen Victoria. Chalon. Two Pence

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

New_Zealand_1855_SG2_QV_Chalon_2p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#2

New_Zealand_1862_SG9_QV_Chalon_2p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#9

New_Zealand_1862_SG10_QV_Chalon_2p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#10

New_Zealand_1855_QV_Chalon_2p_Perkins_Bacon_Proof

Perkins Bacon proof

New_Zealand_1855_QV_Chalon_2p_1906_Reprint

1906 reprint

New_Zealand_1863_SG96a_QV_Chalon_2p_Genuine

Genuine – SG#96a

New_Zealand_Chalon_2p_altered1

Repaired SG#38. Right margin added and other corners strengthened

Odenweller/AIEP certificate #35825 (2015)

New_Zealand_Chalon_2p_altered2

Forged roulettes on genuine SG#36 var. Bottom-right corner repaired

Odenweller/AIEP certificate #36488 (2016)

New_Zealand_1863_SG96a_QV_Chalon_2p_Forgery

Forgery

1864-1872. Queen Victoria. Chalon. Three Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

New_Zealand_Chalon_3p_Genuine

Genuine

New_Zealand_Chalon_3p_altered1

Forged roulettes on genuine stamp

Odenweller/AIEP certificate #35414 (2015)

New_Zealand_Chalon_3p_altered2

Forged perforations on unperforated SG#116

Odenweller/AIEP certificate (2015)

1864-1872. Queen Victoria. Chalon. Four Pence

Genuine vs. Forgery

New_Zealand_QW_4p_Genuine

Genuine

New_Zealand_QW_4p_Forgery

Forgery

New_Zealand_QW_4p_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.

1864-1872. Queen Victoria. Chalon. Six Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

New_Zealand_1861_Chalon_6p_Genuine

Genuine

New_Zealand_SG67h_Chalon_6p_Genuine

Genuine SG#67h

RPSL cert (1975) & RPSNZ cert (2012)

New_Zealand_Chalon_6p_altered1

Repaired SG#43. Filled thins and strenghtened upper and lower righthand corners.

Odenweller/AIEP certificate (2015)

New_Zealand_Chalon_6p_altered2

Forged roulettes on genuine stamp

1855-1873. Queen Victoria. Chalon. One Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgery

New_Zealand_1855_SG6_QV_Chalon_1s_Genuine

Genuine – SG#6

New_Zealand_1855_SG16_QV_Chalon_1s_Genuine

Genuine – SG#16

New_Zealand_1855_SG17_QV_Chalon_1s_Genuine

Genuine – SG#17

New_Zealand_1855_SG44_QV_Chalon_1s_Genuine

Genuine – SG#44

New_Zealand_1855_SG45_QV_Chalon_1s_Genuine

Genuine – SG#45

New_Zealand_1855_QV_Chalon_1s_Forgery

Forgery

New_Zealand_Chalon_1s_altered1

Forged roulettes on genuine SG#104

Odenweller/AIEP certificate #35434 (2015)

New_Zealand_Chalon_1s_altered2

Forged roulettes on genuine SG#58

Odenweller/AIEP certificate #35416 (2015)

New_Zealand_1855_QV_Chalon_1s_Forgery2

Forgery

1910-1913. Surcharged Victoria land.

Used by the Scott Antarctic Expedition

Forgeries

New_Zealand_1910_half-p_Victorialand_Forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

New_Zealand_1910_1p_Victorialand_Forgery

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

1989. Kiwi

Genuine vs. Forgery

New_Zealand_1989_40c_Kiwi_Genuine

Genuine

New_Zealand_1989_40c_Kiwi_Forgery

Forgery

Red color bleached away with chemicals

Stamp Duty

Forgery

New_Zealand_1d_QVLT_Postage_Forgery

Forged ‘postage’ overprint

Forged postmark

On Public Service Only (OPSO) Overprints

Genuine vs. Forgeries

All genuine should have a Wellington postmark

7  different types of forgeries were described in volume 1 of “The Postage Stamps of New Zealand” (RPSNZ, 1938):

  • 1. Letters are 4mm high, stops distinctly oblong. Color: rose and purple
  • 2. Letters are 2,5mm high, stop circular. Color: purple, red & black
  • 3. Letters are 3,5mm. Color: purple
  • 4. Letters are 2,75mm high. O’s are round and the P’s has a very large head. Color: purple
  • 5. Letters are 5mm high. Color: purple
  • 6. Letters are sloped and have serifs. Color: black
  • 7. Made from a rubber type from a cheap printing set
New_Zealand_OSPO_Overpint_1p_Genuine

Genuine

New_Zealand_OSPO_Overpint_1p_Forged_Overprint

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

New_Zealand_OSPO_Overpint_1p_Forged_Overprint2

Forged overprint on genuine stamp

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  • 1-50. Chalon Head type, 1855-72. George Kirke Jeffryes forgery of 3,6 or 10: Alfred J. Branston, “The Forgeries of George Kirk Jeffryes:, The Philatelist and PJGB, Vol. 6 (July-August 1986): 174-77, continued from (March-April 1986): 65, and continued at (September-October 1986): 205-8, and at (November-December 1986): 272,73, at pp.174-77. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.261,62 (Yvert 1-36). Two forgeries of the 1p and 1sh, forgeries of the 2p, 4p, genuine and fraudulent postmarks, faked perforations on the 2p: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.129-34. Unwatermarked forgeries and fiscal use pen cancellations removed: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.110. Cancellation of specimen of the London print issue, 1855: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.402. Perkins Bacon & Co. facsimilies: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.408. Spiro Brothers and other fraudulent cancellations, Jeffryes and other forgeries: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.459. Reprints: 1p pale orange, 2p dull blue and 6p dull chocolate brown: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, note following No.37; Hausburg reprints (sometimes offered as proofs), Linn’s editors, “Collectors’ Forum: Hausburg Reprint”, Linn’s Stamp News (May 2011): 54.
  • 59. 2sh “first sideface design“ deep rose, 1878. Forgery and forged cancellation: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.459; Robin Gwynn, “An Oneglia or Sperati New Zealand Forgery“, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 11, (April 2008): 59,60.
  • 61-69. Issues inscribed “Postage and Revenue”, 1882 and 1891-95. Black reprints: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.413.
  • 70,72,76,79. 1⁄2p, 2p, 4p, 8p values of the pictorial issue of 1898. Fakes made from proofs: Rev. W.G. Iremonger, letter to the Editor, “New Zealand Fakes”, The Stamp Lover, Vol. 36 (June- July 1943): 2.
  • 83,98,120,. 5sh value of Pictorial Series, 1898-1902. Revenue cancellation removed: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.459. Revenue cancellation: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 130d, 131d. Scott Antarctic Expedition, 1911-13. Forged overprint: F.I.P. Commission for the Fight against Forgeries, Note, Flash #39 (March 1992): 20.
  • 130e,31e,33e,37e. Auckland Exhibition issue, 1913. Forged overprint: E.G. Cowell, “Another New Zealand Exhibition Forgery”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 43 (December 28, 1946): 534.
  • —–. Unissued Maori Performing Arts series, 2006. Fakes, made by perforating an illustration of the withdrawn stamp and gluing it onto a perforated stamp: Glen Stephens, “Maori Performing Arts stamp fakes removed from two Internet sites”, Linn’s Stamp News, September 4, 2006, p.2.
  • Genuine early postmarks. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.398,402,03.
  • Nine Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, 17 DE 93 to 1943. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.74-76.
  • Fraudulent postmarks on 19th century stamps from which revenue obliterations were removed: New Zealand General Post Office Release, The Philatelist, Vol. 3 (October 1936): 14. The Release was also reported in the Philatelic Journal of Great Britain, Vol. 46 (September 1936): 139 and Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly (September 26, 1936): 229.
  • Revenue obliterations distinguished from postal cancellations. Anon. Note, American Philatelist, Vol. 95 (April 1981): 356.
  • P1. Newspaper stamp, 1873. Official reproduction in black:. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.410.
  • Ross Dependency: Genuine cancellations of New Zealand stamps for early Expeditions to Ross Dependency: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.472,73.
  • Scott Expedition overprint, 1910. Forged overprint: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.473.

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