Forged stamps of Reunion

1851. 15 Centimes

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Reunion_1_Genuine

Genuine

4 genuine types exist. The half moon inside the circles in the corners are different for the different types as shown below. Used for the internal postage of the island. Valid from 10. December 1851 to 31. December 1859.  From both 15c & 30c a total value of 8 Francs was sold. The rest was destroyed in 1860. Reprints exist.

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Reunion_1851_15c_Forgery2

Forgery

Reunion_1852_15c_Forgery

Forgery

Reunion_1851_15c_Forgery3

Forgery

Reunion_1851_15c_Forgery4

Forgery

Reunion_1851_15c_Forgery5

Forgery

Reunion_1851_15c_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.

1851. 30 Centimes

Forgeries

Reunion_30centimes_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

Reunion_1852_30c_Forgery

Forgery

Reunion_1852_30c_Forgery2

Forgery

Reunion_1852_30c_Forgery3

Forgery

Reunion_1852_30c_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.

1867. Reunion Jsle. Fantasy

Bogus. Privately issued

Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_1c
Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_15c
Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_5c
Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_20c
Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_10c
Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_80c
Reunion_Fantasy_Issue_30c

1885. French Colonies surcharged. 5 C. R

Genuine

Reunion_3_Genuine

Genuine

1892. French Colonies Navigation & Commerce

Forgeries

Reunion_1892_2c_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_20c_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_25c_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_40c_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_50c_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_50c_Hirschburger_Fournier2

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_75c_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_1f_Hirschburger_Fournier2

Hirschburger forgery

Reunion_1892_1f_Hirschburger_Fournier

Hirschburger forgery

1889. Postage Due. 5 Centimes

Forgery

Reunion_5centimes_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1889. Postage Due. 10 Centimes

Forgery

Reunion_10centimes_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1889. Postage Due. 15 Centimes

Forgery

Reunion_15centimes_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1889. Postage Due. 20 Centimes

Forgery

Reunion_20centimes_Fournier_Forgery

Fournier forgery

1889. Postage Due. 30 Centimes

Forgery

Reunion_30centimes_Fournier_Forgery2

Fournier forgery

1938. Air Mail

Bogus variety

Reunion_ Air_Mail_double_variety_Forgery

Bogus ‘double numeral’ variety on genuine stamp

Reunion_ Air_Mail_double_variety_Close-up_Forgery

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  • 1,2. 15c and 30c, Typeset issue of 1852. Reprints: Patrick Hamilton, “French Colonial Centenary – Reunion”, Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly, Vol. 57 (December 29, 1951): 211,12. Private reprints: Victor Marsh, “Reunion Reprints of 1866, Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly, Vol. 58 (April 5, 1952): 103. Moens and four other reprint/forgeries and facsimiles: A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 2 (July-August 1943): 18. Fred J. Melville, Phantom Philately, pp164,65. Reprints, Fournier and other forgeries. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.88-91 (Yvert 1,2). Four forgeries of the 15c and five forgeries of the 30c, reprints, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol.2, pp.228-32. Characteristics of the genuine stamps: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.46. H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 1, pp.112,13. Five different reprints: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.117-19. The 1866 Reprints: Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalogue of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, p.54; Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue. The remainders postmarks: Edward B. Proud, “Forgeries – Not Cancelled to Order”, Gibbons Stamp Monthly, Vol. 29 (March 1999): 33-35.
  • 3-10. Provisional issue of 1885. Fournier fraudulent postmark on forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.91 (1885). The remainders postmarks: Edward B. Proud, “Forgeries – Not Cancelled to Order”, Gibbons Stamp Monthly, Vol. 29 (March 1999): 33-35.
  • 11-16. Overprinted Ceres, 1891. Fournier fraudulent cancellation: A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 2 (July-August 1943): 18.
  • 17-33. Overprinted “Alphee Dubois” stamps of French Colonies, 1891. Fournier fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.91,92 (Yvert 17- 31); A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 2 (July-August, 1943): 18.
  • 34-52. “Group type” issue, 1892-1905. Perforations of the (Fournier) forgeries are reversed: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog. Fournier fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.92,93 (Postage due issue of 1892); A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 2 (July- August 1943): 18. Also see French Congo 18-34.
  • C1. Overprinted airmail stamp, 1937. Forged overprint. Alexander F. Newall, Airmail Stamps: Fakes & Forgeries, pp.238,39 (Sanabria Airmail Catalog 1).
  • J1-J5. Typeset Postage Due stamps, 1882-92. Fournier forgery and fraudulent cancellation: Robert G. Stone, “The Typeset Issues of French Colonies”, American Philatelist, Vol. 96 (November 1982): 984-91, at p.989; The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.92,93 (1892). Measurement of the genuine stamps: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.46,47. A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 2 (July-August 1943): 18. H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 1, pp.114,15.
  • —- (Scott unlisted, Yvert 1,2,2a). Parcel Post, 1890-1903. Fournier forgeries: A.J.C.Vaurie, “Know Your Forgeries” column, The France and Colonies Philatelist (U.S.), Vol. 2 (July- August 1943): 18,19.
  • Q1. Parcel Post stamp, 1906. Fournier forgery. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.93.
  • The remainders postmarks: Edward B. Proud, “Forgeries – Not Cancelled to Order”, Gibbons Stamp Monthly, Vol. 29 (March 1999): 33-35.

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