Forged stamps of Ryukyu Islands

1950. Definitives. 50 Sen

Genuine vs. Forgeries



The overprint consists of 5 horizontal bars



Type B – Overprint has only 3 bars



Type B – Overprint has only 3 bars


Gushikawa postal forgery

Type B – Overprint has only 3 bars

Position 17 in the sheet


Gushikawa postal forgery

Type B – Overprint has only 3 bars

Position 61 in the sheet


Gushikawa postal forgery

Type B – Overprint has only 3 bars

Position 71 in the sheet

Gushikawa Postal Forgery


Gushikawa postmark

All Gushikawa postal forgeries were mailed from the same post office between 26. November 1952 – 3. November 1953. They all bear the Gushikawa postmark shown above

Thanks to Antonius-Ra for image of genuine stamp


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For further reseach

  • — Provisional stamps. Forged seal overprint: Melvin Schoberlin, “Ryukya Provisionals: New Counterfeits”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 22 (June 1967): 122,23.
  • 16. 10y on 50s, 1952. Gushikawa forged surcharge and another: Robert P. Weiner, “The 10-Yen on 50-Sen Kai Tei 1952 Provisional Issue of the Ryukyus”, American Philatelist, Vol. 98 (October 1984): 998-1010. Nina S. Thomas and Fred B. Thomas, “Ryukya Counterfeits”, American Philatelist, Vol. 77 (August 1964): 846,47, reprinted in Japanese Philately, Vol. 19 (June 1964): 104,5, Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, Vol. 102 (July 10, 1964): 9, and Stamps (U.S.), Vol.128 (August 8, 1964): 213.
  • 54. Shureimon Gate commemorative stamp of 1958. Union of Stamp Speculation Opponents imitation: Varro Tyler, Linn’s Focus on Forgeries: A Guide to Forgeries of Common Stamps, Revised, Expanded Edition, p.251. Unofficial reproductions: Anon. Note, Fakes & Forgeries, No. 2 (July 1993): 43-44. Unofficial reproduction: Anon., “Gate of Discourtesy”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 28 (February 1973): 39-42; also (June 1973): 137-39. Russell S. Bell, “Bogus Ryuku No.54 Discovered”, Stamps (U.S.), Vol. 162 (February 17, 1973): 354,55. Facsimile: Melvin H. Schoberlin, “Forgery, Counterfeit – Mozo, Sanko?”, Mekeel’s Weekly Stamp News, Vol. 120 (June 29, 1973): 202,7. Imitations: Scott U.S. Specialized Catalog.
  • 1961-66. Specimen (Mihon) overprints: Robert Kamigama, “Ryukyuan Mihon”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 21 (August 1966): 86,87.
  • 125-27,36. Karate issue of 1964-65 and Hawkshill turtle stamp of 1965-66. Fake “Mihon” overprint: Anon., “Forged Mihon Overprints”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 22 (August 1967): 179.
  • 213,15,16. Philatelic Week, Naha Anniversary, 3c flower, 1971. Fraudulent postmarks: Robert Kamigama, “Forgery Of Ryukyuan Postmarks”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 26 (August 1971): 171-73.
  • 1X1. Kuneshima provisional stamp. Plating information: Robert M. Spaulding, Jr. (with Fred B. and Nina S. Thomas), “Ryukya Islands: Identifying Kuneshima Positions”, Japanese Philately, Vol. 33 (October 1978): 199-205.

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