Forged stamps of Tasmania

Van Diemen’s Land

1853. Queen Victoria. One Penny

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

Tasmania_Courier_1d_1853_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_Courier_1d_1889_Reprint

1889 reprint

tasmania_courier_1d_1889_reprint_forgery

Forgery of the 1889 reprint

Tasmania_Courier_1d_1853_Forgery

Forgery

Tasmania_Courier_1d_1853_Forgery2

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Tasmania_Courier_1d_1853_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.

1853. Queen Victoria. Four Pence

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Tasmania_Courier_4p_1853_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_Courier_4p_1889_Reprint

1889 reprint

Tasmania_1853_Courrier_4p_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.

Tasmania_1853_Courrier_4p_Forgery

Forgery

Tasmania_1853_Courrier_4p_Forgery3

Forgery

Tasmania_1853_Courrier_4p_Forgery2

Forgery

Tasmania_1853_Courrier_4p_Forgery4

Forgery on thin paper with bogus BN ’65’ cancel

tasmania_courier_4p_1889_reprint_sheet

1889 reprint sheet

1855-1858. Queen Victoria. Chalon. One Penny

Genuine vs. Forgeries

Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Forgery

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Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Forgery2

Ceremuga certificate stating fiscal cancellation removed and color faded.

Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Forgery3

SG#118 with kiss print, Ceremuga certificate stating fiscal cancel removed and forged barred cancel applied

Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_1p_Strip_Forgery

Triple strike of forged 1st allocation of Hobart on fiscal 1d vermilion Chalon SG#28

1855-1858. Queen Victoria. Chalon. Two Pence

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Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_2p_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_2p_Forgery2

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Tasmania_1855_QV_Chalon_2p_Forgery

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Tasmania_QV_Chalon_2p_Forgery3

Forgery

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_2p_Forgery4

Forgery

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_2p_Forgery5

Forgery

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_2p_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.

1855-1858. Queen Victoria. Chalon. Four Pence

Genuine vs. Forgery

Genuine

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_4p_Forgery

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1858-1871. Queen Victoria. One Shilling

Genuine vs. Reprint vs. Forgeries

Tasmania_QV_1sh_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_QV_1s_1889_Reprint

1889 reprint

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_1s_Reprint

Reprint

Tasmania_QV_1sh_Spiro_Forgery

Spiro forgery

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_1s_Forgery

Forgery

Tasmania_QV_Chalon_1s_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.

1858. Queen Victoria. One Shilling

Genuine vs. Forgery

Tasmania_QV_1pound_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_QV_1pound_Specimen_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_QV_1pound_Revenue_Genuine

Genuine

Tasmania_QV_1pound_Sperati_Forgery

Sperati forgery

Small break in oval to the right of the ear

1863-1889. Stamp Duty. King George & The Dragon

Forgeries

Tasmania_George-and-the-Dragon_2s6p_Forged_Postmark

Forgery with bogus 1889 Launceston cds

Tasmania_2s6p_Forgery

Forgery

Tasmania_George-and-the-Dragon_2s6p_Green_Jeffryes_Forgery

Jeffryes forgery on thin white unwatermarked paper

Tasmania_George-and-the-Dragon_2s6p_Green_Forgery

Forgery on thin paper

1880. Stamp Duty. Platypus. One Penny

Forgery

Tasmania_1880_Playypus_revenue_overprint_Forgery

Forged inverted ‘REVENUE’ overprint

Fournier forged Postmark

Tasmania_Fournier_Cancel

TASMANIA

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Tasmania_QV_Bogus_1

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  • 1-47A. 1853-68. Pen (revenue) cancellations removed: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue, note after No.2. See listings below in respect of forgeries, etc for further citations.
  • 1,2 . “Courier“ stamps, 1853. Jeffryes forgeries: Alfred J. Branston, “The Forgeries of George Kirke Jeffryes”, The Philatelist and PJGB, Vol. 6 (July-August 1986): 174-77, continued from (March-April 1986): 65, and continued at (September-October 1986): 205-8, and at (November-December 1986): 272,73, at pp.174-77. Forgeries, Reprints and regummed stamps with pen cancellation removed: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.186,67. The 1879 and 1887 Reprints: L.N. & M. Williams, “The Van Diemen’s Land ‘Natives’”, Stamp Magazine (U.K.), Vol. 24 (October 1957): 65,81, at p.81. Fournier and other forgeries and Fournier fraudulent postmark: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.340 (Yvert 1,2). Reprints from defaced plates: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, boxed note following 2. The 1879, 1887 and 1889 Reprints: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.138-39; 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.62,63. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.119. See individual stamps below for additional citations.
  • 1. The 1p “Courier” stamp, 1853. Jeffryes and other forgeries: Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.88-91. Three forgeries and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.515,16.
  • 2. The four Pence “Courier”, 1853. Jeffryes, Panelli (engraved), Spiro Brothers and other forgeries: Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.92-100. Three forgeries, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.516-18. Jeffryes forgeries: Alfred J. Branston, “The Forgeries of George Kirke Jeffryes”, The Philatelist and PJGB, Vol. 6 (July-August 1986): 174-77, continued from (March-April 1986): 65, and continued at (September-October 1986): 205-8, and at (November-December 1986): 272,73, at pp.174-77. Senf brothers facsimile: Varro E. Tyler, “The Gebrüder Senf Facsimiles”, The American Philatelic Congress Book 34 (1968): 197.
  • Design type A3. “Chalon Head” design, issues of 1855-68. Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.101-6. Unwatermarked forgeries: The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.340,41 (Yvert 3-21). Forgeries of the 1p, 2p,4p, 1sh, genuine and fraudulent postmarks: Reverend R.B. Earée, Album Weeds/ How to Detect Forged Stamps (Third Edition), Vol. 2, pp.518-21. Unwatermarked forgeries of the issues of 1855, 1856-57, and the pelure paper issue of 1856, and fraudulent postmark: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.86,87. Forgeries and reprints of the issues of 1855, 1856-57: J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, pp.119,20. The 1879 and 1889 Reprints: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.168; Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.139; 1884 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; .
  • Design type A4. 6p “Chalon Head” design, 1858-68. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.340,41 (Yvert 3-21). Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), p.107. The 6p (both), 1858: Robson Lowe and Carl Walske, The Oneglia Engraved Forgeries, pp.86,87. J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries. 1871 and 1889 Reprints of the 6p and 1sh: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p 170; Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.139; J. Dorn (Publisher), The Forged Stamps of all Countries, p.120; unwatermarked reprints: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, note following 34.
  • Design type A4a. 1sh “Chalon Head” design, 1858-68. The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, pp.340,41 (Yvert 3-21). Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.108-111. The 1871 and 1885 Reprints: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.170. Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, p.139; unwatermarked reprints: Scott Classic Specialized Catalogue, note following 34.
  • Pen cancellations before September 1863 were always for postal purposes because there was no revenue act until after that date: P. Malone, “Pen marked Stamps” (from Australian Stamp Monthly), Stamp Collector’s Fortnightly, Vol. 44 (July 30, 1938): 252-53.
  • Design Type A5. Issues of 1870-91. Unwatermarked reprints and cancellation of specimen stamps: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.172,73; The Serrane Guide/ Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926, p.341 (Yvert 22-34); Scott Classic Specialized Catalog, notes after 59, 62 (reprint of the 8d), 65. Cancellation of specimen stamps: A.R. Butler, “The Speciman Stamps of Tasmania”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 85 (March-April 1976): 38-48; The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.172,73. 1871 and 1879 Reprints: Edward Denny Bacon, Reprints of Postal Adhesive Stamps And Their Characteristics, pp.139-40; 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.62,63.
  • 65. “Halfpenny” on 1p, 1889. Forged sucharge. Dr. John Clemente, “Overprints on Tasmanian Stamps”, The London Philatelist, Vol. 77 (June 1968): 133. Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland,South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.112,13. Forgery and Reprint: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.186,74.
  • 74, 75. 2½d on 9d, 1891. Reprints: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • 76-85. Issue of 1892-99. Forgery of the £1 stamp: Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.114,15. Sperati forgery of the £1 and fraudulent cancellations: British Philatelic Association (Publisher), The Work Of Jean De Sperati, p.63 and Plate 19. Sperati forgery of the £1: Robson Lowe, “Sperati and His Craft – XV”, The Philatelist, Vol. 20 (July 1954): 264-68. Cancellation of specimen of the issue (except the £1): The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.175.
    Genuine cancellations. The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, pp.162,63.
  • 86-107. The Pictorial issues, 1899-1912. How to distinguish the lithograped issue from the typographed issue: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.175. Cancellation of specimen of the 1890-1900 issue: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.176.
  • 137-43. Issue of 1904-08. Cancellation of specimen: The Encyclopedia of British Empire Postage Stamps 1661-1947, Vol. IV, p.151.
  • Revenue postmarks and fraudulent postmarks. Hugh Wynn, “Forgeries and Fantasies of the Australian States”, American Philatelist, Vol. 106 (November 1992): 1008 at 1018. Mavis Pope, Stamp Forgeries of Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, (Birmingham Gardens, NSW Australia, 1992), pp.97,104,5,15,18; Revenue cancels on AR1-AR35 removed, often regummed or with a fake postmark added: Scott Classic Specialized Catalog.
  • Rudolph Thomas counterfeit postmarks. Joseph M. Sousa, “Rudolph Thomas Counterfeit Postmarks”, 83 American Philatelist, Vol. 83 (December 1969): 1081.

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