Forged Stamps of Russian Office in Turkey

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1863. Newspaper Stamp

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No dots above the 12 half-moons around the center circle. 

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For more information about similar bogus stamps, see “The Alnis Guide to Russian Levant Fantasies” (1985)

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  • 1. Newspaper Stamp, 1863. Forgery and fake made by erasing a “facsimile” overprint: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article). Fournier and other forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.218,19 (Yvert 1). Robson Lowe, The Oswald Schröder Forgeries, p.12. Characteristics of the genuine stamp: Hermann Schloss, Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Europe 19th Century (Except Old German States), pp.134,35; J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.187. Senf brothers facsimile: Varro E. Tyler, “The Gebrüder Senf Facsimiles”, The American Philatelic Congress Book 34 (1968): 196.

  • 2-7. Issues of 1865-67. Reprints: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue, note following No.7.

  • 2,3. Sailing ship, 1865. A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at p.5; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article). Reprint and forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.219 (Yvert 2,3). J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.187,88. Sperati forgery of the 2k value: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.171 and Plate 115. Senf brothers facsimile of them 2k value: Varro E. Tyler, “The Gebrüder Senf Facsimiles”, The American Philatelic Congress Book 34 (1968):196.

  • 4-7. Issues of 1866 and 1867, vertical network. Reprints: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article). Characteristics of the genuine stamp: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.188 (1866-8). Forgery of the 1867 issue: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.219 (Yvert 6,7).

  • 8-11. 1868 issue. Forgeries printed on ordinary paper (not laid, as in the case of the genuine stamps): A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at p.7; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article).

  • 16-19C. Provisional stamps, 1876 and 1879. Forged overprint: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at p.8; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article).

  • 27-39. Laid Paper issues, 1900 and 1903-05. Forged overprint: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at pp.8,9; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article). Forged overprint on the vertically laid paper issues: Dr. R.J. Ceresa, The Postage Stamps of Russia, 1917-1923, (The Author, Gorsely, England), Vol. 3 The Armies and P.O.’s, Parts 16-18, pp.2,3,23-28 and Plates.

  • 40-48 and 201-7. Wove paper issues, 1909 and 1910. Forged overprint: Ceresa id. Parts 16- 18, pp.3,28-31 and Plates.

  • 61-199. 1909-10. Forged town names: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at pp.9-10; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article).

  • 61-70. Anniversary issue for Constantinople, 1909-10. Fraudulent postmark: Dr. R.J. Ceresa, The Postage Stamps of Russia, 1917-1923, (The Author, Gorsely, England) Vol. 3 The Armies and P.O.’s, Parts 16-18, p.48; also Parts 22-24 Addenda, p.81.

  • 200. 20pa on 5k Vertically Laid Paper, 1910. Forged overprint: Dr. R.J. Ceresa, The Postage Stamps of Russia, 1917-1923, (The Author, Gorsely, England), Vol. 3 The Armies and P.O.’s, Parts 16-18, pp.2,3,23-28 and Plates.

  • 208-12. Provisionals, 1912. Forged surcharges: Ceresa id. Parts 16-18, pp.19,20,32-43 and Plates.

  • 213-27. 1913 Reprints of overprint: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at pp.10,11; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article).

  • 228-31. Supplementary issue, 1913. Forged Surcharges: Dr. R.J. Ceresa, The Postage Stamps of Russia, 1917-1923, (The Author, Gorsely, England), Vol. 3 The Armies and P.O.’s, Parts 16-18, pp.21,22,44-48 and Plates. Forged overprint: A. Rosselevitch, “Beware of Forgeries”, Russian Philatelist, No. 4 (November 1963): 3-12, at p.11; (See the Bibliography for other parts of this article).

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