Forged stamps of Spanish West Indies

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1855. Queen Isabella II. 1/2 Reales Plata

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Spanish_West_Indies_1857_Isabella_Sc12_Forgery

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1855. Queen Isabella. 1 Reales Plata

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1855. Queen Isabella II. 2 Reales Plata

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Spanish_West_Indies_1855_2r_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.

1862-1867. Queen Isabella II. 5 Centavos

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Cuba_1866_Queen_Isabella_5c_Spiro_Forgery

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1862-1867. Queen Isabella II. 10 Centavos

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Cuba_1866_Queen_Isabella_10c_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.

1862-1867. Queen Isabella II. 20 Centavos

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1866-1867. Queen Isabella II. 40 Centavos

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1862-1867. Queen Isabella II. 1/4 Reales Plata

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1862-1867. Queen Isabella II. 2 Reales Plata

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Spanish_West_Indies_1864_2r_Forgery

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1868. Queen Isabella II. 5 Centavos

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Spanish_West_Indies_1868_5c_Forgery

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1868. Queen Isabella II. 10 Centavos

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1868. Queen Isabella II. 20 Centavos

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1869. Queen Isabella II. 5 Centavos

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1869. Queen Isabella II. 20 Centavos

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1869. Queen Isabella II. 40 Centavos

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1870. Queen Isabella II. 5 Centavos

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Spanish_West_Indies_1870_Queen_Isabella_5c_Forgery

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Spanish_West_Indies_1870_Queen_Isabella_5c_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.

Queen Isabella II

Spiro produced his forgeries in sheets of 25

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Cuba_1867_10c_Spiro-sheet_Forgery
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  • 1-4. Figure facing right, 1855. Postal forgery of the ½r p, 1855: Alfredo Navarro Payá, “The First Postal Forgery Circulated In Cuba”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 2 (July 1999): 131-34. Postal forgeries: Alden C. Johnson, Forgeries Old and New, Vol. 1, pp.6,7. Four forgeries of the ½r p and two forgeries of the 1r p and essays: R.B. Preston, “Cuba Illustrations of Originals and Forgeries”, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 5, pp.179-86. Two forgeries of the 2r p (3,4), 1855, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.308,9.
  • 5-8,15. ¼r p Provisional stamps, 1855-56 and 1860. Fournier and other forged surcharges. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.325 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 4, 11 and 12). Forged type 2 surcharge (Scott 7,8): Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 5, p.187. Measurements of genuine and forged surcharge, genuine postmark: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.309,10.
  • 12-14. Issues on white smooth paper, 1857. Five forgeries of the ½p and 1r p, 1857: H.G. Leslie Fletcher, Postal Forgeries of the World, pp.30,31. Forgeries, genuine postmark, remainder and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.310,11. Postal forgeries of the ½p and 1r p, 1857, Fournier forgery of the 2r p, 1857, other forgeries of the issue of 1857: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.325 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 1-10). Forgeries of 1r and fraudulent cancellations: Roberto M. Rosenda, “Cuba – The Postal Forgeries of the 1 Real Value of the 1857 Issue on Unwatermarked Paper”, The Collectors Club Philatelist, Vol. 54 (January 1975): 26-33.
  • 16-21. Left facing Queen, 1862-64. Forgery of the ¼r p, 1862: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 5, p.188; The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.325 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 12). Forgery of the ¼r p, 1862 and two forgeries of the 1864 stamps (17-21), and fraudulent postmark: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.311-14. H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 2, pp.160,61.
  • 22. ¼r overprinted “66”, 1866. Forged overprint on 2nd forgery of Scott 17 and fradulent postmark: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.314; Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol.5, p.188.
  • 23-30. Regular issues, “1866” and “1867”. Fournier and other forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.326,25 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 13-25). H. Bynof-Smith, Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies, Vol. 2, pp.160,61. Papers XX and XLI, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.58,57 and pp.102-4. Two forgeries of the issue dated “1866” and forgery of the “1867” dated issue, fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.314,15.
  • 31-34. Regular issue dated “1868”. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.326 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 26-29). Forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.315,16. Spiro Brothers forgery of the 10c stamp: Varro E. Tyler, “Focus on Forgeries” #349, Linn’s Stamp News (March 25, 2001): 6.
  • 35-37. “Habilitados”issues, 1868. Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.320.
  • 38-41. Regular issue dated “1869”. Forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.316.
  • 42-45. “Habilitados”issue, 1869. Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, p.320. Amateur, “Notes and Queries”, Vol. XII The Stamp Collector’s Magazine (London, E. Marlborough & Co. and Bath, Alfred Smith & Co., 1874): 28,29.
  • 46-49. Regular issue of 1870. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.326 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 34-37). Forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.316,317. Paper XIII, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.44,45. Sperati forgery of the 5c: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.131,32 and Plate 85.
  • 50-53. Regular issue of 1871. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.326 (Yvert, Spanish West Indies 38-41). Forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 1, pp.317,18. Forgery and fraudulent postmark: Paper XLII, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalogue Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, pp.103,4. Forgery of the 50c: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 5, pp. 189,90.

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