Forged Stamps of Thurn & Taxis

Thurn und Taxis

The Thurn-und-Taxis Post was a private company operated by the Princely House of Thurn and Taxis between 1806 and 1867. Beginning on 1 January 1852, the first Thurn-und-Taxis Post postage stamps were issued. After the Prussian victory in the Austro-Prussian War, the Prussians occupied the Free City of Frankfurt, the Thurn-und-Taxis Post’s headquarters, where the Thurn-und-Taxis Post transferred its postal system contracts to the Prussian state on 1 July 1867.

1852-1867

Northern District

 
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1852-1866

Southern District

 
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Literature

The following literature was used in creation of these pages

  • The Serrane Guide to Stamp Forgeries of the World to 1926
  • H. Bynof-Smith: Forged Postage Stamps of Europe and Colonies
  • R.B. Earée: Album Weeds – How to Detect Forged Stamps, 3rd Edition
  • German Philatelic Society Reference Manual of Forgeries, Vol. 4
  • Fritz Billig: Großes Handbuch der Fälschungen, no. 14
  • Hermann Schloss: Distinguishing Characteristics of Classic Stamps: Old German States

A common problem among these earlier authors is that the genuine characteristics they describe is not consistent for the different prints/plates that were produced. Their observations have been summarized on these pages and applied to images of certified stamps in an attempt to weed out inconsistencies.

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