Forged Stamps of Orange Free State

Oranje Vrij Staat

Orange River Colony

Genuine have 79 lines of shading and 29 oranges on the tree

1868. Coat of Arms. Een Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Orange_Free_State_1868_1d_Genuine1

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_1d_Genuine2

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_1d_Genuine3

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_1d_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Orange_Free_State_1868_1d_Spiro_Forgery2

Spiro forgery

Orange_Free_State_1868_1d_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.

1878. Coat of Arms. Vier Pence

Forgeries

Orange_Free_State_4p_Forgery

Forgery

Orange_Free_State_1868_4d_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

1868. Coat of Arms. Zes Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Genuine1

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Genuine2

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Forgery

Forgery

81 lines of shading and 17 oranges on the tree

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Spiro_Forgery2

Spiro forgery

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Spiro_Forgery3

Spiro forgery

1868. Coat of Arms. Een Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Orange_Free_State_1868_1s_Genuine1

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_1s_Genuine2

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_1s_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

1885. Telepgraph

Forgeries

Orange_Free_State_Telegraph_Zes_Pence_TF_Forgery

Forgery

Orange_Free_State_Telegraph_1s_TF_Forgery

Forgery

Orange_Free_State_1868_1s_Forgery

Forgery

1877-1897. Provisionals

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Orange_Free_State_1877_6d_Overprint_TypeC_Genuine

Genuine – Overprint type ‘C’

Orange_Free_State_1877_6d_Overprint_TypeD_Genuine

Genuine – Overprint type ‘D’

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Overprint_Forgery1

Forged type ‘D’ overprint

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Overprint_Forgery2

Forged type ‘D’ overprint

Orange_Free_State_1868_6d_Overprint_Forgery3

Forgery

Orange_Free_State_1882_4d_Overprint_Genuine1

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1882_4d_Overprint_Genuine2

Genuine

Orange_Free_State_1868_3d_Overprint_Forgery3

Forged type ‘E’ overprint

Orange_Free_State_1868_3d_Overprint_Forgery

Forged type ‘C’ overprint

Orange_Free_State_1868_3d_Overprint_Forgery2

Bogus overprint

1900. British Occupation V.R.I.

Forgery

Orange_Free_State_Telegraph_1d_Overprint_Forgery

Forged overprint

Commando Brief O.V.S. sheetlet

Forgery

orange_free_state_commando_brief_sheetlet_forgery

Forgery

Square dots

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  • 1-12. Orange Tree regular issue of 1868-1900. Spiro Brothers (?) forgeries: John F. Weigand, “Counterfeit Stamps”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 36 (August 14, 1943): 536; H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Africa and Asia (Author, Sydney, Australia, 1992): 96,97. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.267,68 (Yvert 1-31). Forgeries of the brown 1p, 6p, orange 1sh, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.176,77. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.112. Spiro Brothers and other forgeries of Scott 3,8,10: Papers XI and L, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, p.39 and pp.120,21. Spiro Brothers forgeries of Scott 3,7,8,10: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.199.
  • M1. Military stamp, 1899. Forgery: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.

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