Forged Stamps of Przedbórz

1918. City Hall. 2 Grosze

Fischer #3 / Michel #3

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Words of Wisdom

According to the expert Stefan Petriuk: “if you can’t figure out what type of Przedbórz stamp it is, then it’s a forgery.”

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Left inner frame line stops at the roof line, so that the left-most building has no border to the left.

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Inner frame line around the left 2 is not continuous. Instead, there are two lines which partially overlap.

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Box around Grosze is broken at the top between ‘G’ and ‘R’

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Miasto Przedbórz has a slight downward tilt to the right, so the foot of the M is about 0.7 mm above the frame line, but the foot of the final Z is only 0.35 mm above it.

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Right inner frame line stops 1 mm above the tree, but a vestige remains next to the tree

Genuine type I

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Frame line below Przedbórz has a 0.1-0.2 mm break between ‘P’ and ‘R’.

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Right inner frame line goes down to the tree leaves, to about 2.5 mm below the top of the tree.

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The left inner frame line goes down the entire length of the building, to about 0.5 mm above the ‘M’ of Miasto.

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For ‘Miasto Przedbórz’, The left foot of the M is only about 0.7 mm from the left thick middle frame line, and the foot of the final Z is about 0.65 mm from the corresponding right frame line.

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There’s a short line (about 0.4 mm long) below the lip of the left 2.

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Just above the right denomination tablet, the outer frame line is connected to the wide inner frame line by a short horizontal bar.

Genuine type II

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Miasto Przedbórz has been shifted to the right, so that the left foot of the M is about 1.2 mm from the left thick middle frame line, and the foot of the final Z is 0.4 mm from the corresponding right frame line.

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There is a dot between the top lines of ‘Z’ and ‘E’ of Grosze.

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Looks like someone has trimmed the bottom of the ‘órz’, so that the ó has a flat bottom and the foot of the final Z has almost disappeared.

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Overall, the frame lines are similar to type 2.

Genuine type III

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Forgery type I

  • – While the right frame line stops above the tree (as in genuine type 1), the left one continues lightly down (like a weak genuine type 2 or 3.)
  • – Top arc and buildings are lightly drawn. The right-side buildings and trees are particularly indistinct.
  • – Forged stamps are often yellow-green, which is usually a no-no for genuine stamps.
  • – Miasto Przedbórz slopes down to the right (the left leg of the M is about 0.65 mm above the line, but the foot of the Z is only about 0.2 mm above.) The left leg of the M is shorter than the right one.
  • – Left ‘2’ higher than the right one.
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Forgery type II

  • – Top arc is thick and solid, vs. thin and dotted on genuine stamps and other forgeries. (This is the most objective indication.)
  • – Z of Przedbórz is strongly attached to the right inner frame line.
  • – Entire stamp seems thickly lined and is usually mis-colored (sort of a dirty green). (per Alan Blunt, Przedbórz Revisited.)

Forgery Type I & Type IV can be found se-tenant usually in alternating rows: one row is type I, the next is type IV.

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Forgery type III

  • – Z of Grosze has only a 1.5 mm top, giving it a “laid-back” appearance (because the bottom is 2 mm wide). 
  • – The 2’s slope to the right, and the M of Miasto is somewhat splayed, with the foot about 2.1 mm from the left-most part to the right-most part (as compared to 1.7-1.8 mm on the genuine stamps and other forgeries.)
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Forgery type IV

  • – Dot to left of 1918 is like a comma on its back.
  • – Crude dot on top of the I of Miasto.
  • – Crude dots to the left of the M and under the MI of Miasto, making the left leg look longer than the right one.
  • – Overall, a very crude print.

Thanks to Sam Ginsburg for images and analysis of Przedbórz forgeries

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