Forged stamps of St. Helena

Queen Victoria. 1856-1888. Six Pence, blue

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Queen Victoria. 1856-1888. Six Pence, red

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Queen Victoria. 1856-1888. Six Pence, brown

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Queen Victoria. 1863. Surcharged One Penny

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Queen Victoria. 1863. Surcharged Three Pence

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Queen Victoria. 1863. Surcharged Four Pence

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Genuine perforated – Type A

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Genuine perforated – Type B

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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 Victoria. 1864-1873. Surcharged Four Pence

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Queen Victoria. 1864-1873. Surcharged One Shilling

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Genuine double surcharge

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Queen Victoria. 1864-1873. Surcharged Five Shillings

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Forged Postmarks

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ST-HELENA C AP 4 01

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ST-HELENA C AP 4 01

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ST-HELENA C AP 4 01

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  • 1-7. Queen’ head, Colony name in white, 1856-94. Roger B. West, “Saint Helena Forgeries”, The Philatelist And PJGB, Vol. 5 (January- February 1985): 6-8. Robson Lowe, “Spiro Forgeries of St. Helena”, The Philatelist And PJGB, Vol. 3 (November-December 1983) 251,52. Three forgeries: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. II, p.416. N. Imperato and other lithographed forgeries and an engraved forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.296,97. Six forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol.2, pp.301-6. Unwatermarked forgeries: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.114. Forgeries of the 6p, 1856 and 1861, and fraudulent postmark: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.78,79.
  • 11-24. Perforated Provisional issues of 1864-73 and 1868. Forged surcharge and fraudulent postmark: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.78,79. Forgery of the 1sh and fraudulent postmark: Paper LX, Lowell Ragatz (editor), The Spud Papers/ An Illustrated Descriptive Catalog Of Early Philatelic Forgeries, p.143. Cancellation of specimens of the issue of 1868: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. II, p.411.
  • 34-47. Queen Victoria issues of 1884-97 (excluding the 1⁄2p long bar). Remainder cancellation: Mercer Bristow, “Purple lines mark philatelic leftovers of St. Helena”, Stamp Collector, Vol. 32 (August 28, 2000): 32; The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. II, p.411,12; Scott Classic Specialized Catalog; J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.114.
  • Eight Madame Joseph fraudulent postmarks, JY 28/? to 1943. Derek Worboys and Roger B. West, Madame Joseph Forged Postmarks, pp.85,86.

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