Forged Stamps of Przedbórz

1918. Town Square. 6 Grosze

Fischer #5 / Michel #5

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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Two dots before ‘M’ of Miasto

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Thin faint line over “Miasto” and “bórz”; most visible over ‘IA’ and ‘Z’.

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Dot after ‘O’ of Miasto.

Genuine type I

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Little bumps rising from the frame line below ‘M’.

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Dot left of ‘A’

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Two tiny breaks in the line above Grosze, one to the left and one above ‘R’.

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Dot inside ‘P’ near the top-right

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The line over “bórz” is gone, and is much fainter over Miasto.

Genuine type II

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Line above Miasto Przedbórz is now only visible over ‘O’ in Miasto.

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Miasto Przedbórz has a variety of dots scattered among the letters. The most consistent is the dot between ‘O’ and ‘P’

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The accent over ‘O’ is only a slight lump, noticable only if you’re looking for it.

Genuine type III

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Forgery type I

  • – The dot on the right of “1918” is a sort of comma on its back.
  • – The trees to the left of the church have changed to a “crescent moon” and a few dots. (Same as F4, below.)
  • – There is a little lump on the bottom inner part of the hole in the R of Groszy.
  • – In Miasto, there are two dots under the M, near the left leg.
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Forgery type II

  • – The top arc is thick and solid, vs. thin and dotted on genuine stamps and other forgeries. (This is the most objective indication.)
  • – The entire stamp seems thickly lined and usually mis-colored (per Alan Blunt).
  • – Like F3’s, F2’s have wide-footed M’s in Miasto. These M’s have 2.1-2.2 mm-wide feet vs. 1.6-1.8 mm wide on genuine and other forged #5’s. However,  F2’s have bell-bottomed M’s, unlike F3’s. (The left foot of the M, in particular, is rather triangular.)

Forgery Type 1’s & Type 4’s can be found se-tenant usually in alternating rows: one row is type 1 forgeries, the next row is type 4.

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Forgery type III

  • – The M of Miasto is somewhat splayed, with the feet about 2.0 mm from the left-most part to the right-most part (as compared to about 1.6-1.8 mm on the genuine stamps and other forgeries.) The base of the left foot is thin on F3’s, thick on F2’s. (See images immediately above)
  • – The accent is a dot, not touching the O.
  • – The Z of Groszy has a short top.
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Forgery type IV

  • – The dot to left of 1918 is like a comma omewhat rotated up (counterclockwise) so it faces left.
  • – There’s a crude dot on top of the I of Miasto
  • – There are 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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