Forged stamps of South West Africa

Zuid-West Afrika

1923. King George V. 1 Pound



Madame Joseph forged postmark on genuine stamps

1951. Official. 1/2 Penny




Ever since the South West Africa ½d. Official SG 023 with the forged transposed overprints appeared some ten years ago it has regularly featured on the odd auction. A used pair with a KGV1 expertising certificate dated 2006 was offered for sale on a recent auction. Fig. 1. Coincidentally it was exactly the same example which was proven to be a forgery in the article ― The forged South West Africa Official ½d. – SG 023a‖ published in the South African Philatelist of June 2013 Figs. 2 and 3. It was first noted by Murray Payne in 2006 and at that time given the KGV1 certificate and then sold at auction for £1460. Although catalogued by Stanley Gibbons in 2007 it was withdrawn in 2014 based on the evidence of a forgery. To Date the RPS, BPA and South Expert Committee have been unable to grant a certificate showing the stamp is genuine. The most recent auction price realized was £420.  

Reference: Mike Tonking, The forged South West Africa Official ½d. – SFG 023a – South African Philatelist June 2013


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For further research

  • 1-12. Provisional issue, Setting I, 1923. W. Jago, “Ware South-West African Forgeries”, Stamp Collecting, Vol. 50 (July 23, 1938): 488.
  • 3b-6b, J1d (Inverted overprint). 2d, 3d, 4d, 6d and ½d Postage Due, 1923. Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 2, p.41.
  • 98. Overprint on London printing (black and violet) is faked. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps, Vol. II, p.87.
  • Five Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, 30 SEP 24 to 1945. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.95,96.

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