Forged stamps of Sweden

Sverige

1855. Coat of Arms. 3 Skilling

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Sweden_3skilling_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Reperforated1

Reperforated

Sweden_1855_3skilling_green_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

2nd ‘E’ in SVERIGE broken at the top. ‘I’ in SKILL looks like a smoking chimney. The two horizontal lines below ‘CO’ is connected.

Sweden_3skilling_color_error_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery – wrong color

Noticeable printing errors in the top right corner & between ‘TRE’ and ‘SKILL’. Horizontal lines below ‘CO’ connected.

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Forgery1

Forgery

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Forgery2

Forgery

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Forgery3

Forgery

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Forgery4

Forgery

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Forgery5

Forgery

Sweden_1855_3skilling_Forgery6

Forgery

Sweden_1854_3sk_blue_Winter_Forgery

Winter forgery

Sweden_1_Winter_Forgery

Winter forgery – wrong color

Sweden_1854_3sk_green_Winter_Forgery

Winter forgery

1855. Coat of Arms. 24 Skilling

Genuine vs. Forgery vs. Reprint

Sweden_8sk_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_1855_24skilling_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Broken frame to the left of ‘F’ in ‘FRIMARKE’. Bump in the left side of ‘F’ in TJUGUFYRA’.

Sweden_24sk_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Broken frame to the left of ‘F’ in ‘FRIMARKE’. Bump in the left side of ‘F’ in TJUGUFYRA’.

Sweden_24ore_Reprint

Reprint

1858-1870. Coat of Arms. 30 Øre

Forgery

Sweden_30ore_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

1858-1870. Coat of Arms. 50 Øre

Genuine vs. Forgery

Sweden_50ore_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_50ore_Paris_Forgery

Forgery

1856. Lokalbref

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgery

Sweden_Lokalbrev_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_Lokalbrev_Reprint

Reprint

Sweden_1856_Lokalbrev_Forgery

Forgery

1862-1866. Lion. 17 Øre

Genuine vs. Forgery

Sweden_17ore_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_17ore_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Weak top-left corner. Bottom-right corner points outwards.

1877. Numerial. 20 Øre

Genuine vs. Genuine “Tretio” variety vs. Forgeries

Sweden_20ore_Tjugo_Genuine

“Tjugo” genuine

Sweden_20ore_Tretio_Genuine

Genuine “Tretio” variety

Sweden_20ore_Tretio_Forgery

“Tretio” forgery

Sweden_20ore_Tretio_Forgery2

“Tretio” forgery

1918. King Gustav V. 80 öre

Genuine vs. Forgery

Sweden_1918_King_Gustav_V_80ore_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_1918_King_Gustav_V_80ore_Forgery

Forgery

27 öre surcharge chemically removed

2005. Hammerskjöld. Brev

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Sweden_2005_Hammerskjold_Brev_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_2005_Hammerskjold_Brev_Forgery

Postal forgery

Sweden_2005_Hammerskjold_Brev_Blue_Genuine

Genuine

Sweden_2005_Hammerskjold_Brev_Blue_Forgery

Postal forgery

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  • 1-5. Skilling Banco Issue, 1855, and error. Peter Winter forgeries and fraudulent cancellation of the error: Robson Lowe, “The House of Stamps”, Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 60 (July 1994): 72-76. Fake of the error: Calvert M. Hahn, “The Controversial Swedish Skilling Banco Error”, Scott’s Monthly Journal, Vol. 62 (September 1981): 4-9. Reprints: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 6, p.176; Anon., “The reprints of the Swedish ‘Skilling Banco’ series” (reprinted from Svensk Filatelistisk Tidskrift, July 1955), Stamp Magazine U.K.), Vol. 22 (November 1955): 129,30,33; also reprinted in Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly, Vol. 63 (February 2, 1957): 37, continued at (February 16, 1957): 59, and at (March 2, 1957): 78. 1868, 1872, 1885 Reprints: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.136; Hermann Schloss, Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Europe 19th Century (Except Old German States), p.166; Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalog of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, pp.61,62; Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue. 1885 reprints (perforated 13): Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.435. Reprints of the 3s and 6s: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.208. See “1,5” below for additional citations.
  • 1a. 3s, orange error. Jean-Francois Brun, “The 3 Skilling Yellow of Sweden“, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 14 (April2011): 89-102. Peter Winter fraudulent cancellation: Robson Lowe, “The House of Stamps”, Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 60 (July 1994): 72-76.
  • 1,5. 3s and 24s values of the Skilling Banco issue of 1855. Sperati forgeries and fraudulent cancellations: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, pp.172,73 and Plate 116; Tomas Bjaringer, “Sweden 1855-72”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 86 (September-October 1977): 120-27. Forgery of the 3s: Georg Menzinsky, “Sweden; The So-Called Sparre Proofs” (translation of a part of Handbuk over Sveriges Frimarken 1865-1963), The London Philatelist, Vol. 74 (August-September 1965): 165,66. Reprints: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.328 (Yvert 1-5). Forgery of Scott 1a. 3s, orange error. Nils Färnström, “Sweden 3 Skilling Banco Error Shown At Stockholm 74 A Forgery”, Philatelist, Vol. 41 (April 1975): 198,99. Sperati forgery: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.173 and Plate 116. Characteristics of the genuine error: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.209.
  • 6-12. Coat of Arms öre issue of 1858-61. Reprints: Hermann Schloss, Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Europe 19th Century (Except Old German States), p.166; Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 6, p.177. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.328 (Yvert 6-11). The 1885 and 1963 reprints of the stamps issued in 1858 (Scott 6-8, 10-12): Scott Classic Specialized Catalog. 1885 reprints (perforated 13): Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.435; Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalog of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, pp.61,62. Reprints of the 3s and 6s: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.208.
  • 13-16. Lion and Arms issue of 1862-69. Sperati forgery of the gray 17o, 1869: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.174 and Plate 116. Reprints: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.328 (Yvert 12-15). Reprints of the 17o and 20o: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 6, p.178. Reprints of the 3o, gray 17o, 20o: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog. The 1885 reprints of the 3o, 17o, and 20o: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.435. Reprint of the 3o: Hermann Schloss, Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Europe 19th Century (Except Old German States), p.167. The 1885 Reprints: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.136; Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalog of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, pp.61,62.
  • 23,27. 20o and 1rd values of the issue of 1872-77. The 20o: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries. 1885 reprint of the 1rd (perforated 13): Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.435; Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.137; Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalog of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, pp.61,62.
  • 33a. Tretio öre error (of the 20o value of 1877-79). Helena Obermüller Wilén, “Fakes And Forgeries Of The Sweden printing Error 20/Tretio”, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 2 (July 1999): 102,3. Fournier forgery and one that appeared in January 2008: Helena Obermüller Wilén, “A New Forgery of the Swedish Printing Error 20/Tretio“ Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 12 (May 2009): 52-54. Nils Färnström, “The Famous Swedish Error: Trentio Ore”, The Philatelist, Vol. 44 (June 1978): 234,35; a different view to that of Färnström: Varro E. Tyler, letter to the Editor, The Philatelist, Vol.44 (August, 1978): 302,3; supplemental to Färnström: Carl E. Kane letter to the Editor, The Philatelist, Vol. 44 (August, 1978): 302. Emilio Neri forgery: Nils Färnström, “The Error ‘20/ Tretto’”, American Philatelist, Vol. 93 (June 1979): 521-23. Fake and N. Imperato forgery: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.328,29. (Yvert 16-27).
  • 37. 1rd value of the issue of 1877-79. Reprints: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
    Forged saw- toothed cancellation used in 1883. Helena Obermüller, “A Forged Swedish Saw-Toothed Cancellation Stamp“, Fakes Forgeries Experts journal, No. 14 (April 2011): 169,70.
  • 95-98. Typographed issue, watermarked wavy line, 1911-19. Remainder cancellation: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 117, 169. 5o copper red of 1920 and 15o brown of 1936 James T. DeVoss, International Secretary column, American Philatelist, Vol. 65 (February 1952): 339-41, at p.341.
  • 189. Watermarked 15o violet King Gustaf, 1922. Faked watermark. Frank Aretz, Know Your Stamps, Vol. III, p.66.
  • 2461. 5.50k non-denominated Hepatica stamp of the Booklet pane of 3, 2003. Postal forgery: Ingvar Larsson, “Forged Swedish Stamps 2004-2008“, Fakes Forgeries Experts, No. 12 (May 2009): 172-79, at p.175.
  • 2463. 5.50k non-denominated Blom summer house, coil roll, perf. Vert., 2003. Postal forgery: id. at p.174.
  • 2468. 5.50k non-denominated stamp d of Harvest time block of 4, 2003. Postal forgery: id. at p.173.
  • 2581. 5.50k non-denominated Ladybug stamp. Postal forgery: Linn’s editors, “Postal counterfeits”, Collectors’ Forum, Linn’s Stamp News (January 5, 2009): 42.
  • 2491. 5.50k non-denominated Forest Larder block of 4, 2004. Postal forgeries of all stamps in the block: id. at p. 177.
  • 2506. 5.50 non-denominated Dag Hammorskjold pair, 2005. Postal forgeries of both stamps: id. at p. 179.
  • 2511. 5.50k non-denominated Allotment Gardens block of 4, 2006. Postal forgeries of all four stamps: id. at p. 178.
  • 2566. 5.50 non-denominated Chocolate block of 4, 2007. Postal forgeries of all stamps in the block: id. at p. 179.
  • —-. 5.50k non-denominated potatoes stamp, September, 2008. Postal forgery: Linn’s editors, “Postal counterfeits”, Collectors’ Forum, Linn’s Stamp News (January 5, 2009): 42.
  • LX1, LX2. Stockholm Local Post, 1856-62. Reprints: Fritz Billig, Billig’s Philatelic Handbook, Vol. 6, p.206. The 1872 and 1885 Reprints: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.137; the 1884 reprints and later reprints of early stamps, overprinted “Reprint”: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.156; Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, p.370; Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.133-35; Dr. Franz Kalckhoff, An Illustrated Catalogue of All Known Reprints Of Officially Issued Postage Stamps, Envelopes, Post Cards, Wrappers, Etc. And How To Detect Them, pp.60,61; Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • O26a, O27a. Inverted surcharge on 10o Official stamps, 1889. Sperati forged surcharge: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.174 and Plate 117.

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