Forged stamps of Prince Edward Island

British North America (BNA)

1861-1868. Queen Victoria. Two Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_2p_Genuine

Genuine – Perforated 9

1861

Price_Edward_Island_1862_QV_2p_Genuine

Genuine – Perforated 11 1/2 – 12

1862-1868

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_2p_Forgery

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_2p_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.

1861-1868. Queen Victoria. Three Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Price_Edward_Island_1862_QV_3p_Genuine

Genuine – Perforated 11 1/2 – 12

1862-1868

Prince_Edward_Islands_3p_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_3p_Forgery

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_3p_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.

1861-1868. Queen Victoria. Four Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Prince_Edward_Islands_QV_4p_Genuine

Genuine

Prince_Edward_Islands_QV_4p_Forgery

Torres forgery

Prince_Edward_Islands_QV_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.

1861-1868. Queen Victoria. Six Pence

Forgeries

price_edward_island_1861_qv_6p_forgery2

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_6p_Forgery

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1861_QV_6p_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.

1870. Queen Victoria. 4 1/2 Pence

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Price_Edward_Island_1870_QV_halfp_Genuine

Genuine

Price_Edward_Island_1870_QV_halfp_Forgery

Forgery

Prince_Edward_Islands_4p_Forgery

Taylor forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1870_QV_halfp_Forgery2

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1870_QV_4halfp_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.

1872. Queen Victoria. Two Cents

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_2p_Genuine

Genuine

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_2p_Forgery

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_2p_Forgery2

Forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_2p_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.

1872. Queen Victoria. Four Cents

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_4p_Genuine

Genuine

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_4p_Taylor_Forgery

Torres forgery

Price_Edward_Island_1872_QV_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.

1872. Queen Victoria. Bogus

Taylor created these bogus stamps and sent them to European dealers together with genuine new issues in 1872. Even the Scott album had spaces for these.

Prince_Edward_Islands_10p_Taylor_Bogus

Taylor forgery

Prince_Edward_Islands_15c_Taylor_Bogus

Taylor forgery

Covers

Forgeries

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery7

1872, 2¢ ultramarine, diagonal bisect, “tied” together with 2¢ by grids on doubtful cover bearing P.E.I. MY 18 1872 c.d.s. on reverse and red London receiver on front.

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery6

1868, 4d black, diagonal bisect, “tied” by grid on doubtful fragile cover bearing “Not Called For” and Halifax transit on reverse

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery5

1862-68, 9d violet on yellowish, diagonal bisect, “tied” by grid on doubtful cover bearing ORWELL P.E.I. PAID and Montego Bay Jamaica SP 10 67

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery4

1862-68, 6d yellow green on yellowish, diagonal bisect, “tied” together with 4d grids on partially original rough cover bearing red Londonderry N.S. c.d.s., P.E.I. in circle, London transit, Rotterdam receiver

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery3

1862-68, 3d blue, diagonal bisect, “tied” by grid on rough cover bearing inappropriate “6” CTS “10” and Halifax c.d.s. on reverse

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery2

1861, 6d yellow green, diagonal bisect, “tied” by grid on doubtful cover bearing large crayon P.E.I. on reverse and Summerside PAID receiver on front

Prince_Edward_Islands_Cover_Forgery1

1861, 3d blue, diagonal bisect, “tied” by grid on doubtful envelope bearing red PAID and St Eleanor Oct 8, 1863 receiver on reverse

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  • 1-9. Pence issues of 1861, 1862-65, and 1868. B.N.A. Fakes And Forgeies, pp.73,91. Forgeries of the 3p stamps, 1861, 1862-65 and the 4p, 1868: John F. Weigand, “Counterfeit Stamps”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 36 (August 14, 1943): 536. Forgeries of the 2p and 3p of 1861 and 3p of 1862-65 and fraudulent postmarks: Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and cancellations of Prince Edward Island”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 60 (October 1951): 152-54. Forgeries of the 3p stamps, 1861 and 1862-65: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol.2, p.221. Characteristics of the genuine stamps: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.113. 1893 Reprints in black: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.114,15. For more citations, see the individual Pence listings below.
  • 1-3. Pence issues of 1861. Forgeries of the 1861 issue: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, p.415. Forgeries of the 2p and 3p: R.B. Mitchell, R.D., Fakes & Forgeries of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Scotia Stamp Studio, Ltd. Halifax, N.S. Canada, 1979), pp.31,32. Forgery of the 3p stamp: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.282 (Yvert 2).
  • 3 (Proofs). Private reprints: Leslie G. Tomlinson, Letter to Editor, The London Philatelist, Vol. 72 (February 1963): 27,28.
  • 3,7. 6p stamps, 1861 and 1862-65. R.B. Mitchell, Fakes & Forgeries of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, (Scotia Stamp Studio, Ltd. Halifax, N.S. Canada, 1979), p.34. Forgeries of 1862-65 stamp, fraudulent postmark and H.R. Harmer reprints of the 1862-65 stamp in different colors: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, p.417. Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and Cancellations of Prince Edward Island – 2”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 72 (November 1963): 189-92, at pp.189,90.
  • 9. 4p stamp of 1868. S. Allan Taylor forgery, Spiro Brothers forgery and Spiro fraudulent postmark: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.221. Kenneth W. Pugh, Reference Manual of BNA Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits. R.B. Mitchell, Fakes & Forgeries of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, (Scotia Stamp Studio, Ltd. Halifax, N.S. Canada, 1979), p.33. Forgeries and fraudulent postmark: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, p.417. Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and cancellations of Prince Edward Island”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 60 (October 1951): 152-54. Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and Cancellations of Prince Edward Island – 2”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 72 (November 1963): 189-92.
  • 10. 41⁄2p “Chalon Head” design of 1870. E.A. Smythies, B.N.A. Fakes And Forgeries, p.91. R.B. Mitchell, Fakes & Forgeries of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Scotia Stamp Studio, Ltd. Halifax, N.S. Canada, 1979), p.33. Taylor forgery: Kenneth W. Pugh, Reference Manual of BNA Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits.
  • 11-16. Cents issue, 1872. 1893 Reprints in black: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.114,15. Reprints, forgery of the 4c: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries. p.113. Forgeries of the 1c and 4c, 1872. John F. Weigand, “Counterfeit Stamps”, Weekly Philatelic Gossip, Vol. 36 (August 14, 1943): 536. For more citations, see individual stamps below:
  • 11. 1c, 1872. Kenneth W. Pugh, Reference Manual of BNA Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits.
  • 12. 2c, 1872. Kenneth W. Pugh, Reference Manual of BNA Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits. Samuel Alan Taylor forgery: R.B. Mitchell, Fakes & Forgeries of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island (Scotia Stamp Studio, Ltd. Halifax, N.S. Canada, 1979), p.35.
  • 14. 4c, 1872. Scott and another forgery: Kenneth W. Pugh, Reference Manual of BNA Fakes, Forgeries and Counterfeits. Taylor forgery: R.B. Mitchell, Fakes & Forgeries of New Brunswick & Prince Edward Island, (Scotia Stamp Studio, Ltd. Halifax, N.S. Canada, 1979), p.36. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.282 (Yvert 14). Forgery, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.222,23. Birmingham and another forgery: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, p.418; Leslie G.
  • Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and cancellations of Prince Edward Island”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 60 (October 1951): 152-54. Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and Cancellations of Prince Edward Island – 2”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 72 (November 1963): 189-92, at pp.190,91. Birmingham, England forgery: William J. Eckhardt, “The Mystery of the Prince Edward ‘Queen'”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 27 (October 1948): 3-14. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.113.
  • 15. 6c, 1872. Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.222: E.A. Smythies, B.N.A. Fakes And Forgeries, p.91.
  • Genuine postmarks: Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and cancellations of Prince Edward Island”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 60 (October 1951): 152-54. Leslie G. Tomlinson, “The Counterfeit Stamps and Cancellations of Prince Edward Island – 2”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 72 (November 1963): 189-92, at pp.190,91. Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 17, pp.180-90.
  • Fraudulent postmarks. E.A. Smythies, B.N.A. Fakes And Forgeries, p.99.
  • de Thuin fraudulent postmarks. James M. Chemi, James H. Beal and James T, De Voss (editors), The Yucatan Affair: The Work of Raoul Ch. de Thuin, Philatelic Counterfeiter, pp.49-52.
  • Fraudulent postmarks on remainders and genuine postmarks: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. V, pp. 410-13,18,20.
  • Spiro Brothers, Fournier, Sperati, Pannelli and Crown fraudulent postmarks. E.A. Smythies, B.N.A. Fakes And Forgeries, pp.49,95,97.

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