Forged Stamps of Portugal

1853. Queen Maria II. 5 Reis

Genuine vs. Reprints vs. Forgeries

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_Genuine

Genuine

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_1863-reprint

1863 reprint

Rich dark brown color. The die was repaired, so the whole head is smaller and neck of the queen shows an “Adam’s apple”. The curl of hair is vestigial.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_1885-reprint

1885 reprint

Thick white paper. Chocolate brown color. Originally not gummed. Made from a new die, so the letters and floral design are thinner. There is no curl of hair.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_Forgery3

Forgery

Not embossed

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_Forgery

Forgery

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_Forgery2

Forgery

Not embossed

Portugal_1853_MariaII_5reis_Forgery4

Forgery

Part of a vignette printed for the Philatelic Salon held in Hamburg in 1984. The vignette is marked “Reproduktion 1984” but the “stamp” may be cut in such a way that the marking is left out. The paper has a wavy water-mark. The color was printed before the stamp was embossed (unlike the original), so the two are slightly off-set.

1853. Queen Maria II. 25 Reis

Genuine vs. Reprint

Portugal_1853_MariaII_25reis_Genuine

Genuine

Portugal_1853_MariaII_25reis_1863-reprint

1863 reprint

Over-inked on the right side. Small white dot in front of the queen’s eye.

1853. Queen Maria II. 50 Reis

Genuine vs. Reprints vs. Forgeries

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_Genuine

Genuine

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_1863-reprint

1863 reprint

Thin slightly yellowish paper. Issued gummed. The genuine stamps have no breaks in the frame or have a single break in the lower frame. The frame of the 1863 reprint has the same break below and a second break on the right side, very near the top angle. Over-inked on the left side.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_1885-reprint

1885 reprint

Thick white paper. Issued ungummed. Same breaks in the frame as the 1863 reprint. The left side is only slightly over-inked, but has constant width, unlike the 1863 reprint.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_1905-reprint

1905 reprint

Thin yellowish paper and dull color. Issued gummed. Same break in the lower frame as some of the originals.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_Forgery

Forgery

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_Forgery2

Forgery

Not embossed

Portugal_1853_MariaII_50reis_Forgery3

Forgery

Not embossed

1853. Queen Maria II. 100 Reis

Genuine vs. Reprints vs. Forgeries

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_Genuine

Genuine

Less than 30 unused 100Reis stamps recorded.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_1863-reprint

1863 reprint

Over-inked on both sides. Issued gummed.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_1885-reprint

1885 reprint

Thick white paper. Color is noticeably different. Slight over-inking on the left side.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_1905-reprint

1905 reprint

Yellowish thin paper and dull color. Frame over-inked on the left side. There is a break in the right margin of the frame. Issued with gum.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_1953-reprint

1953 reprint

White very thick paper. Impression very regular, without overinking. The back of the stamp includes the notice “1853-1953”. The frame is broken on the right side as in the 1905 reprint.

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_Forgery2

Forgery

Not embossed. Fuzzy print. Paper thin and yellowish. Often postmarked “52” (Oporto).

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_Forgery3

Forgery

Not embossed

Portugal_1853_MariaII_100reis_Forgery

Forgery

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